Why an SIP tedder is right for your harvesting operation

Harvesting Operation

Old agricultural machinery may look cool and remind you of haymaking with Granddad but that doesn’t cut it when there’s serious work to be done. Breakdowns cost money, so if you’re worried about the reliability and efficiency of your old tedder, it’s time for an upgrade.

Using a well-designed, modern tedder to turn your grass will reduce drying time, increase dry matter and produce the highest quality feed possible for your customers or stock. SIP tedders are market leaders for their perfect crop spread, robust design and build, and hassle-free use.

In this blog, we discuss the main benefits of SIP tedders so you can see why they’re the perfect addition to your farm. 

Benefits of SIP tedders

The superiority of SIP tedders, particularly for New Zealand farms and terrain, is due to lots of small but significant innovations and design benefits that add up to a robust, reliable and easy-to-use piece of machinery that will make your operation more efficient.

Tedder spread: The innovative small rotor geometry with spring tine arms and different shank lengths work together to significantly improve crop flow. This means higher working rates and an improved spread pattern. They also ensure that the crop is turned cleanly.

Spreading angle adjustments: SIP tedders have an adjustable spreading angle, so you can adapt the machine to the harvest conditions. Depending on the model, the spreading angle can be set anywhere between 12 and 18 degrees. The tines can be also adjusted forwards or backwards by 7 degrees, allowing you to fine-tune the spreading pattern.

Differing shank lengths: Having spring tine shanks of different lengths also delivers a clean pick-up and protects against losing broken tines. The tines have five coils to improve flexibility, which means fewer breakages.

Wheel position alignment: The wheels on SIP tedders can be adjusted for height and spreading angle, and they can also be shifted to make tedding near the edge of fields easier.

Sturdy rotors: Tedders take a lot of punishment. A spinning rotor and tine arms are subjected to very high forces, which is why SIP tine arms are made from high-resistant rounded tube. For extra strength, these are bolted to the rotor plate and are further reinforced from below.

3D pivoting: Some models have a 3-point pivoting hitch equipped with hydro-pneumatic stabilisers. This combination means the tedder will accurately follow the tractor no matter what the terrain.

Digi drive: SIP tedders also have a finger clutch on each hinge. These reduce maintenance requirements and deliver smooth, quiet running while reducing the load on the bearings.

Trailing models: SIP’s trailing tedders have some other special features that make for better forage and greater efficiency. For example, the rotor incline angle is adjustable from 15 to 21 degrees, for an even spread of forage, and a unique hydraulic folding system makes preparing the unit for work or transport quick and easy. It also allows reversing while working.

So before the harvest season gets started for your operation, check whether your machinery is reliable and efficient enough to get the job done. If it’s time for an upgrade, talk to Webbline about how the special features of SIP tedders will make your life easier and produce the highest quality feed possible for your customers or stock.