Due to its trailing position and innovative design, the Lotus hook tine is far more flexible than conventional tedder tines.
During the tedding operation all crop material should be moved to enable easier raking and an even drying process. Contamination through soil, manure or old crop remnants is totally unacceptable. In that context, there is no single tedder that equals the adaptability and pick-up capacities of the Lely hook tine.
Due to its trailing position and innovative design, the Lotus hook tine is far more flexible than conventional tedder tines. The tine follows the contours of the sward so as to eliminate damage to the sward and contamination of the crop. Lotus tedders can be angled forward; this reduces the space between the rotors to a minimum to ensure that the whole crop is tedded in an even manor.
The Lotus models 300 and 600 Combi have clearly proved that two different operations can be performed very well by the same machine. Lotus Combi machines have been successfully deployed for years, particularly for haymaking and dry silage. The Lotus 300 Combi and 600 Combi models may be a compromise, but they deliver excellent results!
Special hook tines for the best results
By fitting Lotus Combi tedders with special hook tines, the potential of these machines is increased. The black Combi tines are slightly less angled and they therefore release the crop somewhat earlier, making it easy to produce swaths.
Swath-formers for a perfectly finished swath
Combi tedders are fitted with special cages, which act as swath-formers. The Lotus 300 Combi is fitted with two cages, whereas the Lotus 600 Combi has four cages and produces two swaths. The airy, even swaths are ideal for baling.
The infinite adjustment of the spreading angle ensures that the crop can be carefully tedded out under all conditions. Even wet “lumps” are gently and completely pulled apart, while the grass underneath is thrown on top due to the thorough yet gentle action of the tines. As a result, the drying time of the crop is considerably reduced.
The swath formers of the Lotus Combi ensure an even, airy swath. The swath width is quickly and easily adjusted according to the volume of grass and following machine. The spring steel tines of the cages with their nylon tips smooth out the crop in the swath to help keep moisture out.
The Lotus Combi can easily spread out swaths. The contra-rotating hooked tines have a large overlap and pull apart any wet clumps, ensuring thorough spreading for maximum exposure to the sun and wind.
Moving swaths is yet another job that the Lotus Combi can do. The crop is gently pulled apart and laid onto dry ground in even swaths.
Swaths to size
To form swaths, the cages are fitted to the machine. These cages can be set at different positions so that the desired swath width can easily be adjusted according to the volume of the crop. This enables fine, wide swaths to be made so that pick-up wagons or round balers can pick up the grass properly and operate at maximum output.
When spreading alongside ditches or fences, the outermost tines are set in the innermost position, avoiding the crop being thrown into the hedge or ditch. In addition, one swath former can be used at the far end, if preferred.
The frame of the Lotus model 300 is linked to a simple three-point headstock with a steering system for quick turning on headlands. The Lotus Combi 600 model is fitted with a Stabilo steering device. Even at high speeds, this steering system guarantees stable performance. The Stabilo headstock automatically locks into position when the machine is lifted.
Efficient and safe transport
Both Lotus Combi models can be put into the transport position quite easily. The 300 model is pivoted centrally behind the tractor and locked with a pin. The 600 model is hydraulically folded. Its length is considerably reduced by pivoting the windrow cages on top of the machine.
|LOTUS||300 Combi||600 Stabilo Combi|
|Working width (m)||3.00||6.00|
|Power required (kW)||26||44|
|Tine arms||2 x 8||4 x 8|