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Re: Rotary scythe?

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11-30-2012 17:59:49

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New Idea model 272 was sold under the name of cutditioner. Basically it is a heavy duty flail type mower where the flails sorta condition the hay as it also minces it into little pieces. Definitely not the best choice for leafy type hay where leaf loss will be high, but many people like them okay for grassy type hays.

The cutditioner is typically noted as a horsepower hog - or in other words takes lots of tractor hp to run them compared to other type cutters.

Lots of reading in the archives of this site. Some people love em and some people hate em.

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 Re: Rotary scythe? in reply to rankrank1, 11-30-2012 17:59:49  
I don't want to be "that guy",but they didn't chop the hay in to little pieces. I used a 270 to cut all of my hay for 13 years. Alfalfa and alfalfa grass mix. They kinked the stem to speed drying. Did a good job as long as the paddles were sharp,but they were hard to keep that way. Cut ragged most of the time because of it.
The 272 was a 7 foot cut. Best to have 50 horses or more on the front of it in good alfalfa.

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