The cousins work with a ten-foot mower and a rake to merge two cuts into one. In these 20-foot swarths they can travel at between 8 and 10 km/h depending on the condition and weight of the crop. Philip has found that 40 acres per day is easily done and this is more than enough capability for himself, Richard and their customers. It allows them to pick the best times and days to put their precious fodder in the pit. On the new machine they have noticed the cam-less pickup to be a big step forward in conjunction with the new heavier tines. This feeds the spiral rotor which they see as the best option for both feeding the wagon and for chopping. Richard said it give a “lovely even chop” and less “lumping”. The latest Strautmann come with double sided knives, they have found that swapping every 200 acres gives the best results. One other feature that stands out to them is that the Zelon is gear driven, this removes the “hardship” that they have has with chains in the past on other machines. Richard and Philip both said that the most important reason for the years of repeat Strautmann business is the service that they have received from IAM, they have found that nothing is a problem and even a backup machine was available on one occasion when the pressure was on. They see this service and the quality of fodder that the Zelon is giving them means that they will stay with Strautmann machines into the future.
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