New disc mower conditioner features from Case IH maximize haying window

The latest updates to Case IH Model Year 2019 disc mower conditioners provide efficiencies producers need in the hayfield. New 9-­ and 10-­foot side-pull models combine fast cutting with high-­quality conditioning and are perfect for lower acreages and narrow gates. Additionally, a new quick­-change knife system allows for fast blade replacement to decrease maintenance time and increase time spent in the field.

“When producers encounter different conditions going from field to field, they’ll be able to easily make adjustments so that every field can be optimized for productivity,” said Brian Spencer, Case IH hay and forage marketing manager. “Simple machine adjustments and design provide producers the flexibility to meet individual crop preparation while retaining high­-quality feed.”

With the latest updates to the 9- and 10-­foot Model Year 2019 disc mower conditioners, producers can achieve:

• Increased work time with easy maintenance. An updated quick­-change knife system featured on other Case IH machines allows producers to change knives on the headers in one-­third the time of a standard knife system.

•Optimal cut and crimp for highest ­quality hay. Narrow cutterbar design and improved flotation deliver a high-­quality cut and more even windrows for consistent and faster drydown.

• Flexibility for cutting height. A new four­-pin hydraulic cylinder tilt provides more cutting height flexibility for improved cut quality—and no tools are required to adjust the tilt, for easy in-­field adjustments. New adjustable skid shoes are also available for additional cutting height flexibility.

•Productivity even in the roughest or rockiest hayfields. The fully modular cutterbar system provides superior lubrication compared with competitive systems and eliminates cross­ contamination if an internal failure were to occur. And a shock protection system protects the cutterbar from expensive field failures if an obstacle is encountered. A new heavy-­duty curtain also adds operator protection.

• High­-quality hay production. A nearly one-­to-­one cut width to conditioning roll width ratio provides even and thorough conditioning for faster drydown. With no tools needed to adjust windrow formation, cutting height and conditioning roll pressure, operators can quickly make changes to adjust to changing crop conditions.

“Windrow formation adjustments have never been easier to make,” Spencer said. “And the conditioner systems allow for wider, thinner swaths so more crop is exposed to the sun for faster drydown.”

Roll widths on the 9-­ and 10­-foot Model Year 2019 disc mower conditioners are extremely wide for consistent crop conditioning—with almost a 1:1 cut ratio in some cases, or 40 percent wider than competitive machines with the same cut. And like the tilt cylinder, no tools are required to adjust the conditioning roll pressure, swath doors or the swath board.

“The result is a thinner crop mat passing through the system,” Spencer said. “This means thorough and even crop conditioning and a crop that will maintain more sugar and carbs for higher­quality hay and feed value.”

All DC3 series mower conditioners include a three-­year cutterbar warranty for worry-­free operation. For more information, visit your local Case IH dealer or