Ploeger, a Dutch machinery manufacturer, has announced a new self-propelled merger. A number of these machines have been built and are currently being tested. The machine has a pick-up reel and belt conveyors to gather and shift ss with a working width of 10m to 12m and a maximum speed of 20km/h. The CM4240 is powered by a 260 HP FPT engine. Claas is a German company that makes the cab.
Ploeger, a Dutch machinery manufacturer, has revealed the first details of a new prototype self-propelled merger (swather). A number of these machines have been built and are currently being tested. To gather and shift ss, the CM4240 machine uses pick-up reels and belt-type conveyors (rather than tine-equipped rotors). Working widths are said to range from 10 to 12 meters.
The integrated pick-up/belt mechanisms are sourced from Asn manufacturer Reiter, which already builds tractor-mounted and trailed mergers, according to Dutch publication Mechaman.nl.
The CM4240 is thought to be powered by an FPT engine. Claas is clearly the source of the cab. The machine can deposit the grouped swath to either side or in the middle (straddled by the wheels) at the touch of a button.
Ploeger is part of the Ploeger Oxbo Group (POG), which is interesting. Oxbo (part of POG) already manufactures a self-propelled swath merger, the 4334. This video (below) shows the machine in action. While the Oxbo 4334 and the new Ploeger CM4240 are conceptually similar, there are numerous differences.
In the video below, you can see how the New Ploeger CM4240 self-propelled merger swathers.
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Video resource: Tractorspotter