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MERGE MAXX 900 - Kuhn North America Inc.

MERGE

MAXX 900

Belt merger

A BRAND NEW WAY TO MERGE HAY


MERGE MAXX 900

,

A BELT MERGER CAN HELP YOU IF…

...You Have High Value Forage Crops:

The nutritional value of crops such as alfalfa is in the leaf.

Therefore, it is critical that the harvesting operation is gentle

enough that the leaves are not damaged or left in the field.

The pickups of a belt merger gently gather the crop and transfer

it to the belt keeping the leaves and stems intact.

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...You Want to Increase Efficiency and Output:

Because the KUHN MERGE MAXX 900 can deliver a windrow to either the left, right or center, large quantities of crop can be

put into a single windrow. The forage harvesting machinery is then working at a higher capacity, and with fewer windrows on

the field, less time is wasted on headland turns and less ground is compacted by forage wagons.


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...You want to Improve Silage Quality:

By preventing soil from being collected in the windrow, the risk of introducing harmful bacteria to the silage is greatly reduced.

High levels of bacterial activity from some species during the ensiling process results in silage that is unpalatable and that will

not keep beyond a few months.

3

...You Work on Rocky Land:

Rocks in the windrow will be collected by harvesting

machinery and increase the wear on their components.

The pickups of a belt merger greatly

reduce the number of rocks in the windrow.


MERGE MAXX 900

WINDROW FORMATION

An uneven windrow prevents the forage harvester from travelling at a constant speed. As it reaches a dense

area, the operator must slow down, whereas in lighter areas the operator speeds up to keep the drum full.

Constantly changing forward speed results in a lower average speed than if a constant speed is maintained.

It also presents a greater challenge for the truck or trailer driver, who is trying to match the harvester speed

to collect all the crop.

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A well-formed windrow does not

contain knots or ropes of crop and

is of even density along its length.

The poorly made windrow from a

competitive machine looks lumpy

and uneven. A forage harvester

will not be able to follow this windrow

at a constant speed!


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To ensure a windrow of even

density and to prevent ropes of

crop from being formed, the

MERGE MAXX 900 features a

patented crop guiding system.

The windguard guides the crop

from the pickup onto the belt. This

ensures that material is delivered

onto the belt in line with where it

was collected from the field and

is not blown along the length of

the machine, or “bulldozed“ and

rolled by the pickups.

Effects of an uneven windrow

on the forage harvester:

Increased wear on the feed roll system

• Uneven chop length

• False tripping of the metal detection system

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Only the KUHN patented Windguard System

can ensure an even windrow in all conditions


MERGE MAXX 900

TOP FEATURES AND BENEFITS

A

Tie Rod-Controlled,

Rear-Wheel Steering:

The rear wheels are connected to the pivoting headstock with a tie rod

system. This causes the machine to accurately follow the tractor, making it

extremely maneuverable in field corners and tight gateways, and increases

the stability when working on slopes.

A

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C

B

B

Skid Shoes:

The pickup heads are each supported on

two massive skid shoes giving the

Merge Maxx 900 a big footprint on

the ground and ensuring that its weight

is spread over a large area. This

minimizes any risk of damaging the field

surface in soft conditions and, in hard

conditions, ensures that the shock load

on the machine is reduced as much as

possible. The skid shoes are bevelled on

all sides to make sure that no matter

which direction the machine is turning,

there is never a sharp edge to dig into

the field.

Equivalent weight on ground

1 x 200 lbs person

26 % LESS

1 x MERGE MAXX 900

Skid Shoe

1.18 lbs/in 2 0.93 lbs/in 2


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D

Self Contained Hydraulic Drive:

Belts and pickups are driven using the on-board hydraulic pumps

with hydraulic oil from a 53 gal (200 l) reservoir. This large

capacity ensures that cool oil is always being circulated through the

system while the massive reservoir surface area and specifically

designed system provide excellent cooling in even the hottest

conditions without the need for a radiator.

D

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C

Windrow Guards:

The patented KUHN Windguard System ensures that crop

is collected from the pickup, guided rearwards and placed

on the belt in a consistent manner. As long as crop flow

onto the belt is consistent, the flow of crop off the belt will

be consistent and will result in a uniform windrow.

E

E

Ultimate Control:

Folding and unfolding, selection of delivery mode and

control of pickup working height are all carried out

from the comfort of the tractor cab using the onboard

T15M control box. The onboard computer also

monitors the state of the electronic system and the oil

pressure to immediately alert you to any problems.


MERGE MAXX 900

AN UNRIVALLED RANGE OF DELIVERY OPTIONS

Left-Hand Delivery

1

8

All three belts rotate in the same direction to create

a single windrow to either the left or right side of

the machine.

69' (21 m)

of crop

in one

return pass!

Right-Hand Delivery

2


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Working width

in central mode:

29'10"

(9.1 m)

Central Delivery

3

The central unit is lifted out of work and the outer

belts rotate towards the center to create a single

windrow in the middle of the machine.

9

4

5

When working in very heavy crop, attempting to form a single windrow containing 30' (9m) of material can result in

an irregular windrow. In these circumstances the Merge Maxx 900 can be set up to create two windrows using all

three belts. The side belts will both rotate to the outside and the direction of the center belt is selected to allow 2/3 of

the crop to be placed in one windrow and 1/3 in the other.


MERGE MAXX 900

AN UNRIVALLED RANGE OF DELIVERY OPTIONS

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Sometimes it is useful to be able to move swaths or windrows around the field, either to invert them and promote additional

drying or to gather more grass together for the forage harvesting machinery. Using the Merge Maxx 900, the central unit

can be lifted out of work and the side belts rotated outwards (6) or to the left or right (7 & 8) to provide maximum

versatility and allow crop to be placed exactly where it is needed to maximise the efficiency of the harvesting operation.

With 8 different delivery modes, only the KUHN

MERGE MAXX 900 can provide such versatility


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TESTIMONIALS

But why take our word for it?

Here’s what some of our customers say

Punto Verde at Migliaro, Italy, is an organic farm covering 7500 acres, of which alfalfa and

grass is grown on 6200 acres.

“For large scale operations such as ours, it is of paramount importance that we achieve high work rates. The MERGE MAXX

900 allows us to harvest the alfalfa constantly throughout the day without compromising its quality and therefore allowing us to

efficiently organize our work load.

The MERGE MAXX 900 makes fluffy swaths which allow a good passage of air to facilitate drying. Additionally with the MERGE

MAXX 900 we can easily turn over the swaths following rain while still preserving the quality of the crop as much as possible.

Due to the large working width and increased forward speeds, the MERGE MAXX 900 allows us to reduce our operating and

production costs in comparison to a rotary rake.”

Punto Verde, Migliaro, Italy

Witt Farms in Monticello, Wisconsin, operated the Merge Maxx 900 for the first time in 2010,

selling their previous 30' (9 m) mergers and buying two KUHN Merge Maxx 900s instead.

They have seen forage harvester output increase by 14% in the first year. Owner Mike Witt

explains:

“The first thing we noticed about the merge Maxx 900 was the significant improvement in the uniformity of the windrow.

A uniform windrow allows the forage harvester to operate with both a faster and steadier ground speed (fewer speed changes).

From watching the machine work, I have seen that this is primarily due to the windguard. Our records show that this year,

forage harvester output has increased some 14% and I attribute this directly to the increased evenness of the windrow. Our

records also show that first-cut crop yield has increased from 4.1 tons/acre in 2009 to 4.4 tons/acre in 2010 which makes it

especially pleasing that we have seen an increase in forage harvester forward speed.”

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Mike Witt, Monticello, Wisconsin


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS MERGE MAXX 900

Pickup width

Working width in central-delivery mode

29' 10" (9.1m)

29' 10" (9.1m)

Working width in side-delivery mode (average including

initial swath)

Swath width in central-delivery mode

- working in wide-spread or tedded crop

- when merging windrows

Swath width in side-delivery mode

- working in wide-spread or tedded crop

- when merging windrows

34' 5" (10.5 m)

6'11" (2.1 m)

5'11" (1.8 m)

7'7" (2.3 m)

5'11" (1.8 m)

Number of pickups and conveyors 3

Drive of belts and pickups

Skid shoes

Transport wheels

Tie rod-controlled rear wheel steering

T15M control box functions

Self-contained hydraulic drive

2 per pickup

400 / 55-22.5 (500/45-22.5 high-flotation option)

standard

Fold/unfold, pickup height control, delivery mode selection & monitoring/diagnostics

Transport width 9' 10" (3.0 m)

Transport height 12' 5" (3.9 m)

Quick hitch adapters

PTO speed

Optional

1000 RPM

Required minimum tractor power (hp/kW) 140 / 103

Tractor hydraulic valve requirements

2 x double acting, 2900 PSI @ 16 GPM required

Weight

15,560 lbs (7058 kg)

Our machines comply with the North-American safety regulations. In our leaflets, to better illustrate certain details of the machines some safety devices could have been removed. Conforming to the assembly and operator’s

manual, in no circumstances must machine be operated without these safety devices in place.All machines are equipped with safety devices which comply with the regulations of the countries in which they are delivered.

In the interest of progress, we reserve the right to change without notice any specifications, design or materials listed. Patents filed in several countries.

YOUR KUHN DEALER:

Kuhn North America, Inc.

Corporate Headquarters

1501 West Seventh Avenue

Brodhead, WI 53520 USA

Phone: (608) 897-2131 - Fax: (608) 897-2561

www.kuhnnorthamerica.com

To protect the environment, this leaflet is printed on chlorine-free paper. / Printed in France - 920 261 US- 02.12 - Copyright KUHN 2012

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