John Deere has updated and expanded its mower conditioner line-up for 2021 with a new model and a number of upgrades to its Zero series MoCos.
Notable changes include an additional model, the five-metre centre pivot C500, and the redesigned four-metre centre pivot C400.
Quick change knives are now standard as well as five-year cutterbar warranty across the range.
In total, eight new Zero Series models are now available, ranging in cutting widths from 2.5 to five metres,
Zero series MoCos can be ordered now, replacing all 600, 800 and 900 Series models. The range includes side-pull S250, S300 and S350 machines and centre-pivot C300, C350, C400, C450 and C500.
A new naming and numbering system will help customers differentiate between centre-pivot and side-pull machines, cut width and series.
John Deere tactical segment marketing manager Fraser Scott said the Zero series was designed to help commercial and non-commercial hay producers manage tight harvest windows by getting more crop cut and ready to bale.
"We're excited to bring the C500 and the new updates to the Zero series range to our customers," he said.
"For producers wanting to cover more ground more quickly, the C500 is 10 per cent wider than the previous model, the 956, to ensure more hectares are harvested every hour," Mr Scott said.
To move crop from the cutterbar to the conditioner rolls more efficiently, the C500 uses the same field-proven overshot cross auger design used on John Deere 500R rotary windrower platforms, he said.
"This system delivers improved cut quality and reduced ash content while promoting fast dry down through improved windrow formation.
"The all-new C400 is lighter, offers better weight distribution and features wider conditioning rolls than its predecessor, the 946.
"The lighter weight of a C400 makes it compatible with a wide range of tractors and the wider conditioning rolls allow improved crop conditioning and windrow formation.
"The C400 also features a re-positioned driveline above the main beam of the tongue that improves access for easier serviceability.
"To further simplify routine service and maintenance John Deere is offering its new quick change knife system for all model year 2021 MoCos to reduce the time needed to replace worn or damaged knives by more than 50pc, compared to a standard bolted knife," Mr Scott said.
"Using a simple handheld tool, farmers can replace a worn or damaged knife in only a few seconds.
"In addition, Zero series MoCos uses a field-proven John Deere low-profile cutterbar and large, reliable shear-hub-protected drive gears with a single oil-check location."
When ordering a new Zero series MoCo, customers can choose from four conditioning options to match their preference to the crop being harvested.
A new drawbar swivel hitch was also available on three and four-metre Zero series MoCos which provided improved maneuverability and ease of transport, Mr Scott said.