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The ROC series of continuous mergers have a revolutionary pick-up system that not only creates greater efficiencies, but also protects crops from damage during harvest.
The full range of Italian-manufactured ROC continuous mergers – in working widths from 3.8m to more than 12m – is now being distributed in New Zealand by Webbline Agriculture Ltd and, although the merger concept is relatively unknown in New Zealand, it’s expected the ROC machines will make quite an impression.
The ROC merger has a vertical pick-up which lifts the crop onto a conveyor before being deposited out either side of the machine whereas rotary swathers ‘drag’ the crop horizontally along the ground to the swath.
This, combined with ROC’s innovative tine design, results in a significantly-reduced level of foreign material included in the crop which, not only vastly improves the quality of the forage, but also greatly reduces wear and tear on foragers and balers.
The ROC range extends from the narrowest model, the RT 380, which can be mounted on the front or rear of a tractor, right through to the RT 1220 with a working width of more than 12m. It’s anticipated though, that the 10m RT 1000 and 11.5m RT 1150 will attract the most interest in New Zealand.
Should an entire row need to be moved, the ROC merger is easily capable of handling the quantity of the crop to be shifted with no loss of volume. In fact, a number of rows can be picked up and redeposited in order to create larger – but fewer – rows, which reduces harvester usage, time and labour costs.