Aimed at both conventional and organic farmers, HE-VA’s Top Cutter Solo is the stand-alone version of HE-VA’s existing Top Cutter range of integrated vegetation and stubble control machines. It is designed to roll, cut and bruise cover, catch crops and vegetable crops in a form of mechanical destruction, thus reducing the reliance on herbicides. Maize stubbles also benefit from this process by reducing the burden of the maize boring worm and fusarium, helping to reduce reliance on pesticides.
The standard twin rotor machine is front mounted, although it can be supplied with an optional 3-point kit to mount it on the rear of the tractor. Being front or rear mounted, it can be used independently or in conjunction with a cultivator or drill.
HE-VA Product Manager Glenn Bootman observed, ‘When the Top Cutter Solo is front mounted and is being used in conjunction with a rear mounted machine, it has the benefit of lying down the crop in the direction of travel to assist the working of the following machine.’ He continued, ‘As we all know, one pass systems have the economic benefit of time and fuel savings, as well as minimising compaction with reduced traffic, helping to conserve the integrity of the soil.’
A strong robust headstock and main frame holds the rotors in place and each rotor is mounted on rubber suspended arms to reduce shock loading and increase longevity. A robust steel canopy covers the rotors for safety protection, as well as reducing the potential for crop and soils being thrown onto the tractor. The individual rotors are 400mm in diameter, each with 6 blades mounted in a spiral formation to give a smooth, even rolling radius. The inherent rotary action means a low hp requirement is needed.
The twin rotor Top Cutter Solo is available in five widths: rigid in 3.00m and 4.00m; hydraulic folding in 4.00m, 5.00m and 6.00m widths. The twin rotor provides twice the cutting action in one pass as opposed to single rotor versions.
Prices from: HE-VA Top Cutter Solo twin rotor – £8,225