Krone expands Swadro rake portfolio

Krone has launched the Swadro TC 1370 as a replacement for the Swadro 1400 Plus. The new model is a four rotor rake designed specifically for contractor and professional operators.

Hydraulic rotor suspension – that can be adjusted on the move – replaces spring suspension. Soft Downdrop control (integral vibration damping) gently lowers the rotors into work (JetEffect). The headland lift height is adjusted directly from the tractor cab.

Operators can now set the electric rotor height from the terminal in the cab, either for each rotor separately or for all rotors in synch after defining one rotor as the main unit. It is possible to retrieve one of two programmable heights from the terminal to adapt to varying conditions on the move. Adjustable headland lift copes with variation in headland swath height. Rotor arms extend automatically to the preset work and swath width as they lower into work.

Swadro TC 1370 has a working width from 10.80m to 13.70m, which is a 20cm increase on the Swadro 1400 Plus. Swath widths are from 1.40m to 2.60m.

The Krone LiftTine is designed to increase forward speed without compromising on crop losses, whilst reducing contamination from soil and stones. The LiftTine can increase forward speed by as much as 20%. The tine arms on the two leading rotors have four LiftTines while the rear two rotors increase from four to five LiftTines per arm.

The lubrication and maintenance free, Duramax cam track, provides accurate control of the tine arm to produce a perfect box shaped swath.

For ease of road transport and improved operator safety there are a number of new features: two transport tyre dimensions, 620/40R22.5 or 710/35R22.5 with bogie wheels matching these tyre sizes; 16×6.50-8 with the standard 620s and 16×9.50-8 the option with the optional 710/35R22.5 tyres; and the compact rear end has LED lights and warning panels for adequate road safety and good visibility in work

Load sensing hydraulics come as standard, but there is an option for non load sensing too.

For convenient, straightforward and fast changeovers for transport heights of less than 4m, the main frame of the centre delivery rake lowers hydraulically into transport position without operators having to remove or fold any tines.

The new Swadro TC 1370 display screen is easy to read and use with only two menu levels, with all major work settings being grouped on just one level and constantly displayed on the screen. This can be operated from an ISOBUS-compatible tractor terminal or the new Krone DS 100 / DS 500 or from one of the two ISOBUS-compatible CCI 800 / CCI 1200 terminals as an option. Operator comfort can be further enhanced by the well-proven WTK joystick or the new CCI A3 joystick.

It is possible to specify the TC 1370 with LED work lights for exemplary visibility in dusk, at night or in difficult weather.


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