A father and his son were spurring their horses on a pleasant, sunny afternoon in early November. For this year’s last raking job, they were using a Deutz-Fahr 4WD and a Fendt 2WD farm tractor.
I caught them just in time, as you can see they were almost done.
The Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 115 Mk2 teamed up with a Ziegler Twin 850-VS rake. This tractor model was offered from 1998 to 2001. It’s powered by a KHD (Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz) turbocharged and intercooled six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 4.8 liter, maximum power output 116 hp.
For mowing, tedding and raking you don’t need a large, powerful 4WD tractor. Towing massive, tandem or tridem axle silage wagons is something else though. But that last stage of the whole process, picking up the grass, is mostly done by contractors. And contractors typically own powerful (more than 200 hp) 4WD farm tractors, often used for both agricultural work and earth moving.
The Austrian in the field was this Pöttinger EuroTop 601 rake. Neatly folded up, as it had just finished its job.
The rake is coupled to an older Fendt tractor, too bad I couldn’t catch the model designation. But I’d say it’s a circa 30 years old 300-series with a three- or four-cylinder MWM engine, 3.1 or 4.2 liter displacement, respectively. MWM stands for Motoren Werke Mannheim.
Somewhat later, the Deutz-Fahr & Ziegler duo was also ready. For liftoff, in this case.
And that was that for 2020! Next turn in the spring of 2021.
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