The new model, which will be available from September 2020, follows the successful introduction of the Merge Maxx 950 (7.5 to 9.5 metre working width).
As with its smaller counterpart, the Merge Maxx 1090 uses two adjustable, variable width and bi-directional merger belts that provide multiple swath delivery options. Forage can be delivered into a single central swath, a single lateral swath (left or right side), two lateral swaths (one either side) or a central and left or right lateral swath.
Pick-up and swath width can be adjusted to suit the quantity and type of forage material being harvested, thus enabling the number of passes and associated costs to be reduced. For lateral swaths, the width can be varied between 1.00 and 1.50m. For central swaths, it can be up to 2.20m in width.
Auto-regulating rollers at the front and side of the pick-up unit self-adjust their position according to crop thickness. These in turn pass a consistent and constant supply of forage to the merger belts, thus allowing a uniform, airy and faster-drying swath which makes it easier for the subsequent baler or chopper to collect large volumes of grass. For forage harvesters this can equate to a 2-3 km/h increase in forward operating speed.
Clean grass pick-up and the ability to produce a swath which is free of stones, soil or other impurities is reliant on accurate ground following. On the Merge Maxx, this is controlled by key design features including articulated pick-up skids, powerful lift-control springs, and pivot points which provide vertical and angled ground clearance. As well as ensuring good forage quality, less debris within the swath also translates to less time and money spent on replacing blades and other working parts on the forage harvester or baler.
The Merge Maxx belt merger can handle a variety of forage types, including the most delicate crops, and always preserves full nutritional value of the harvest. Compared to a conventional grass rake, the Merge Maxx offers an increase in working rate, with the greatest time savings to be made when handling wet or heavier forage crops.
The Merge Maxx 1090 folds to 3.00m (width) by 8.05m (length) by 3.49m (height) for easy transportation between fields and is compatible with tractors having a minimum power output of 122hp.