FC 3161 TCD mower conditioner profile

Central drawbar: maximum output!

FC 1061 TC mower conditioners come in five working widths (3.10m to 4.40 m). Manoeuvres are quicker with the central drawbar and GIRODYNE headstock. FC 3161 et 3561 TCD RA have grouper belt models.

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FC 1061 TC series models with central drawbar are available from 3.10m to 4.40m. Manoeuvring on the headlands is quicker with these machines. Work output increases by 10 to 15 % compared to a trailed mower with side drawbar! There is more flexibility and user comfort with the GIRODYNE headstock which provides the easy handling necessary in producing high quality forage. There is also a grouper belt model available for smaller widths (3.10m and 3.50m).
Choose the conditioner to suit the main crop: DIGIDRY with steel fingers is an excellent performer in all sorts of conditions and especially in long forage on TCD models; with rubber SQUAREFLEX rollers for delicate forage on TCR models; with DOUBLE CRIMP steel rollers on TCS models.
FC 3161 in action

Your benefits

Central drawbar: maximum output

The trailed mower conditioner with central drawbar on the headland

GYRODINE headstock: fast, easy manoeuvring

The GYRODINE pivoting headstock is robust and enables turns in excess of 90° while keeping the PTO driveline straight. Maintenance requirements are low with only one oil-change point. The machine is coupled to the tractor with anti-rotation pins. This hitch system is extremely reliable and ensures safe manoeuvres.

Swaths adapted to harvesting machines

The machine is designed to handle intense forage throughput with three different delivery modes:
  • Regular swaths with adjustable width.
  • Uniform wide delivery. Changing from regular to wide delivery is easy and tool free (A). The swath shields are stored on the drawbar when working in wide delivery mode. (TCD).
  • Twin swaths are produced with fixed asymmetrical shields, available as an option on FC 3161 TCD
  • Twin swaths with an overall width of 2.70 on the FC 3161 TCD RA (compatible with 3 m pick-up) and 3.50 m on FC 3561 TCD RA (B).
Wide spreading on FC 1061 TC

Protecting the ground, even at high speeds

The mowing unit is suspended by torsion bars. It follows ground contours closely to produce an even cut and can be adjusted separately on both sides. This helps protect the sward and the machine, and keeps impurities out of the forage. The ultra-large tyres exert very little pressure on the ground during work and headland turns. The crop is preserved and soil compaction is avoided.
Protecting the ground, even at high speeds

Swath delivery via a conveyor with the grouper unit on the RA version

The rear grouper unit on FC 3161 TCD RA and FC 3561 TCD RA models makes them ideal for harvesting all silage crops. It also provides maximum flexibility with different delivery options. The belt grouper gathers two swaths together as soon as they are cut in order to form:
- A twin swath for pick-up by a forage harvester.
- A narrower swath for pick-up by a baler or loader wagon.
Using the belt grouper means one less pass with the rake. This reduces leaf loss and impurities in the forage.
The grouper belt is positioned to the rear of and parallel to the mowing unit so cut crop can be delivered to the right and the left. In combination with a front mower, it is easier for the driver to keep the front unit aligned with the uncut forage. The belt can be lifted, operated faster or slower at any time to adapt to the quantity of uncut crop or slopes.
All functions required to control the machine and its grouper are centralised on a control box in the tractor cab. The control box comes as standard. Among its most important functions are belt-speed control and direction of delivery.
The conveyor belt is driven by an integrated hydraulic unit whose pump is powered by an output on the GYRODINE headstock. No more oil flow problems from the tractor!
Twin-swath delivery with the grouper belt

FC 4061 / FC 4461: high output, lower power requirement

FC 4061 and 4461 machines with widths of 4.00m and 4.40m respectively are designed for tractors from 130 hp. Large forage operations appreciate their high productivity and low power requirement at these widths. Deliver your forage in swaths or choose wide spreading. The FC 4461 is equipped with large twin wheels that provide more stability in difficult conditions as well as on roads and paths in poor condition. They also prevent ruts caused by pivot irrigation.
The FC 4461 at work

Time and money savings

OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar with different spacing between the discs

OPTIDISC: the optimum cut

The new OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar was developed with farmers. Variable spacing between the discs, large overlap zones and the reduced angle of the OPTIDISC cutter bar will provide you with the quality you need. FC 1031 series are equipped with this cutter bar and its latest upgrades that guarantee a clean cut at all times. The OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar includes exclusive features:
  • Spacing is reduced at the point where the discs diverge to increase knife overlap. This results in a clean cut, even in light or short grasses. (A)
  • Distance is increased at the point where the discs converge. This makes more space for the crop to pass through which is quickly carried away to the rear so that the mower can do its job undisrupted. (B)
  • The overlap zone is almost doubled resulting in better cutting quality in damp sticky ground (or with mole hills), in heavy and laying crops, and in plant cover harvested at the end of autumn.
  • A smaller pitch angle: this prevents the undulating cut which is typical with close mowing. It also stimulates homogeneous and faster regrowth and makes it easier to adjust the machines that follow.
  • New disc bearings with an exclusive shape and attachment which hold the knives firmly in place in the event of impact while granting 360° rotational freedom.
Earth can build up in front of a cutter bar on hilly plots or in wet and sticky conditions, but not with the OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar! It has specially designed skids to improve ground following and preserve the sward. Another advantage for forage quality, especially in difficult conditions.

Maximum reliability and stability

The cutter bar has been designed to handle obstacles. With the PROTECTADRIVE safety system, in case of a very violent impact between the disc and an obstacle, the shaft holding the disc shears above the housing thanks to a cleverly dimensioned shear groove. Therefore the gearwheels are protected son in less than 15 minutes, the machine is operational again and at a very low repair cost.
The housing attachment is ensured by long screws, passing through the cutter bar. Any risk of housings being ripped off in the event of shock is prevented.
High-end components reinforce the core of the cutter bar:
  • Cutter bar with special double row oblique contact ball bearings.
  • Large diameter gearwheels in high precision forged steel with 3 cogs engaged.
  • Discs with forged and treated cups over the whole surface area.
  • Disc skids in treated steel with the possibility of adding protective lining (attachment via screws).
To increase the machine's service life, rubber mounts are integrated between the cutter bar and the frame. Shocks have less impact on the machine's structure while mowing at high ground speed.
PROTECTADRIVE breakaway system

Minimum maintenance

You will waste no time on maintenance.
The OPTIDISC cutter bar is an excellent example of added value created through the close collaboration between manufacturer and farmer. It is a solution that is totally adapted to operations and will save you time:
  • Lubed-for-life. No need to service the cutter bar.
  •  FAST-FIT quick-release knife system, 100 % secure. A powerful leaf spring provides constant pressure to the knife retainer for extra safety. It takes just a few moments to replace the knives.
Maintenance is kept down, being required mainly for the drive system and a few joints, and only occasionally.
FAST-FIT quick-release knife system

A flexible side guard protects against impact

The rubber FLEXPROTECT side guards can bend on impact without breaking or damaging the mower, before returning to their original shape. This exclusive guard will save you money on repair costs.
The external side guard FLEXPROTECT protects the FC 3161 TCD mower from obstacles

Ideal conditioning for forage dry-down

DIGIDRY conditioner with steel fingers

High-performance DIGIDRY steel fingers for diverse conditions

The rotor conditioner with steel fingers is highly effective in long, heavy and mature forage as well as in short forage. Its high-capacity intake produces smooth forage flow though the machine. Power requirement for this type of conditioner is kept low with quicker forage passage and no need for recirculation. Well-structured, airy swaths are created by the position of the fingers that fluff up the forage, sending it up in the air before it comes down to form the swath. The resulting forage has higher energy and nutritional value owing to accelerated drying.
The steel fingers can also work in lucerne. Conditioning intensity is adjusted to preserve the leaves on the stems to retain the nutritional quality in the forage.
Modify conditioning intensity by:
  • Adjusting the deflector plate.
  • Adjusting the conditioning speed.

DOUBLE CRIMP steel rollers on TCS models

The conditioner with DOUBLE CRIMP steel rollers grips the plant evenly to allow humidity to escape. The whole process is gentle in order to retain the nutritional value of delicate forage crops such as legumes and immature rye. Their large 240mm diameter makes them very robust as well as improving forage circulation. Pressure between the rollers can be adjusted from 100 to 500kg/m to suit the type of forage and conditioning intensity desired.
DOUBLE CRIMP steel rollers

SQUAREFLEX rollers made from polyurethane for delicate forage

Tests carried out by Arvalis (French agronomic institute), the Chamber of Agriculture and the FD machinery cooperative highlighted the drying curves of different mower conditioners (finger or roller, in plastic or steel). The mower-conditioner with the polyurethane roller came out top with over 80% of DM by the second evening compared to the third evening with other methods.
Specific roller treads in polyurethane grip the crop with a regular movement. Pressure is adjusted between the rollers with an easily accessible adjustment screw. In addition, the gap between the rollers can be widened to let foreign bodies pass through.
The upper roller is driven by a simple chain while lower roller drive is by three belts. The two rollers are synchronised at a speed of 1,000 min-1 to ensure optimum functioning in all conditions and a long operating life with no particular maintenance.
Conditioner with SQUAREFLEX rubber rollers

Equipment

Faucheuse conditionneuse FC 3161 TCD au travail

Specifications

Technical Characteristics
 
Working width (m)
Transport width (m)
Drawbar
Number of discs with heat treated protection skids
Blade attachment
Cutting height range with standard skids (mm)
Removal of disc bearing units from the top of cutter bar
Gear train protection system
Cutting height adjustment
Adjustment of the suspension
Conditioning system
Conditioner speed (min-1)
Conditioner drive
Overall swath width (min/max) approx. (m)
Wide spreading system
Conveyor belt drive
Forage delivered by conveyor belt
Grouper control
Hitch
Tyres
PTO speed (min-1)
Free wheel
Theoretical tractor power requirement (kW/hp)
Required tractor hydraulic connections
Road lights and signalling on front and rear
Approx. weight (kg)
FC 3161 TCD 1000 FC 3161 TCD RA 1000 FC 3561 TCD 1000
3.10 3.10 3.50
3.00 3.00 3.50
Central Central Central
7 7 8
FAST-FIT quick release FAST-FIT quick release FAST-FIT quick release
35 to 65 35 to 65 35 to 65
As standard As standard As standard
PROTECTADRIVE safety system PROTECTADRIVE safety system PROTECTADRIVE safety system
Centralised by single rod with direct reading Centralised by single rod with direct reading Centralised by single rod with direct reading
With torsion bar - separate control of left- and right-hand side With torsion bar - Separate control of left- and right-hand side With torsion bar - separate control of left- and right-hand side
Pivoting steel fingers and adjustable conditioning plate with 5-position lever Pivoting steel fingers and adjustable conditioning plate with 5-position lever Pivoting steel fingers and adjustable conditioning plate with 5-position lever
780 or 1000 adjustable by selector lever 780 or 1000 adjustable by selector lever 780 or 1000 adjustable by selector lever
By gearbox with anti-blocking system By gearbox with anti-blocking safety By gearbox with anti-blocking system
0.90 / 2.30 0.90 / 2.30 1.10 / 2.70
As standard As standard As standard
By integrated independent hydraulic circuit with tank, filter...
Choice of 2 swaths side by side or on top of the swath for the first pass (or from a front mower if used as a combination)
By control box allowing to select the forage delivery with/without grouping, the conveyor speed, the delivery direction - Automatic functioning: conveyor raising/lowering indexed on the drawbar position
Gyrodine headstock - 2-point Cat. 2 and 3 with semi-mounted swinging drawbar Gyrodine headstock - 2-point Cat. 2 and 3 with semi-mounted swinging drawbar Gyrodine headstock - 2-point Cat. 2 and 3 with semi-mounted swinging drawbar
400/60x15.5 400/60x15.5 400/60x15.5
1000 1000 1000
Integrated in the drive gearbox Integrated in the drive gearbox Integrated in the drive gearbox
55 / 75 60 / 82 62 / 84
1 SA + 1 DA 1 SA + 1 DA 1 SA + 1 DA
As standard As standard As standard
2390 2890 2540

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