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Haymaking Brothers Find Versatility in the New HW345 Self-Propelled Windrowers from New Holland

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article image The new-look yellow windrowers bring a greater degree of harmony as well as versatility and power to the New Holland hay and harvesting range.

Garry Hansen is the latest farmer to invest in the benefits of a New Holland HW345 self-propelled Windrower – now this Haymaker has a real powerhouse in his corner.

Garry Hansen has spent the past few years developing the export hay side of his mixed cropping operation, recently investing in new equipment to further expand his output.

Brothers Garry and Andrew Hansen run a 6,000-hectare property at Coomandook, in South Australia’s southwest Murray Lands.

The pair began exporting high-grade hay to Asia over a decade ago and at present this new production area performs consistently as one of the most profitable arms of their 4,500-hectare mixed cropping operation, resulting last year in the export of over 2,500 tonnes of high-grade hay.

In order to capitalise on this growth area further, the Hansen brothers recently invested in new equipment including a New Holland HW345 self-propelled windrower. This new technology will help the business overcome some of their biggest challenges – timeliness, quality and curing time fluctuations caused by dew.

“We’re 40km from the sea and an inland lake, so at night it’s very damp which can leach the nutrients from the hay and impact on its feed value. In this area it takes three weeks to dry the hay once it’s been cut and windrowed but with this technology – provided the weather conditions are right – we’re able to squeeze the moisture from the hay before the damp gets to it and we’ve cut drying time down to a week,” Garry said.

The HW345 self-propelled windrower from New Holland is fitted with heavy-duty super conditioner rollers to suit climate of South Australia’s southwest Murray Lands.

Adjustable conditioner roller pressure means that with a simple hand crank pressure can be reduced with the new technology of the HW345 self-propelled windrower from New Holland when conditioning isn’t required while cutting crops.

The versatility of the HW345 self-propelled windrower from New Holland is a further benefit for the Hansen brother’s mixed cropping operation.

“We’ve even used the HW345 to windrow our canola and lucerne. It was more fuel efficient to windrow our canola than using our header because some of our country is very sandy which means extra horsepower is required just to drive our header over the hills. It was also a comfortable ride, given its air suspension.”

With its high-speed capacity, the HW345 self-propelled windrower from New Holland can slice through the heaviest of crops easily. “It also allows us to cut quicker because we can travel faster. With our older machine we were travelling between 5 to 8 km an hour. Now we’re travelling between 8 and 14km an hour.”

With three models ranging from 120 to 225 Hp – the highest horsepower on the market – the new HW range allows the operator to select from a range of sickle, disc and draper headers to match capacity and performance needs. The 18-foot 2358 Discbine header ensures the most extreme level of disc cutting capacity with the all-out cutting performance of 14 discs.

A new independent hydraulic header flotation system on the HW345 and HW365 models from New Holland allows for separate adjustments to the right and left side of the header, without leaving the cab. Adjustments can be made on-the-go to cut on hillsides or on the top of irrigation borders. And like the BR-A and BB-A round balers, the HW range has recently undergone a colour change. The new-look yellow windrowers bring a greater degree of harmony to the New Holland hay and harvesting range.

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