With its 1.8-m (6-ft) cutting width, the 972 Flail Chopper handles a variety of jobs:
Lower initial costs and simple, rugged construction make the 972 easy to buy and maintain.
The rotor design has two rows of knives that allow a uniform cut of the forage:
The cutting height can be adjusted to obtain a minimum of 6.4 cm (2.5 in.) or a maximum of 18.4 cm (7.25 in.) with a lever or an optional hydraulic cylinder.
The mounting system of the knives allows them to swing back when they hit stones or other obstacles and to automatically return to their normal position without interrupting the chopping operation.
The rotor has 42 heat-treated knives. They are double edged so they can be reversed, increasing their longevity.
The discharge spout mechanism allows the operator to easily adjust the direction in which the forage is thrown and, at the same time, adjust the speed at which the material is being ejected.
The speed of the auger is 300 rpm, which provides better delivery of material into the cutterhead.
The design of the door allows easy access to the auger. There are three reinforced hinges to prevent breakage.
For increased convenience, a cover over the chain on the right-hand side can be removed when service is necessary.
Three rotary knives are included in the cutterhead as base equipment, and a set of three additional rotary knives can be ordered.
The lower side of the cutterhead has 56 percent thicker steel than the 16A cutterhead for longer life.
Its improved design allows easy installation and removal.
The slip clutch is designed to protect the components of the drive system of the chopper.
The slip clutch releases the load and reengages automatically, protecting the components when there is an overload or obstruction, avoiding damage to or breakage of the chopper parts.
Overrunning the clutch, integral with the slip clutch, releases the rotating parts, disconnecting the tractor power take-off (PTO).
The rear axle is made of 102x102-mm (4x4-in.) steel. This axle has two hitch supports:
Two wheels with 5.90x15 4 PR tires are included as standard equipment.
Changing the wheels and tires is a very simple operation.
The square axle of the chopper has jackstand supports that help when changing the tires.
With the chopper hooked up to the tractor, the jackstand can be placed on either support, left or right, as required.
The mainframe is welded instead of bolted:
The hitch is Category 2, with hitch plates attached by bolts and bushings. The tongue is made of 3-in. x 5-in. PTR for higher strength.
The tongue can be adjusted from the tractor seat.
A screw-type jack makes hitching up the 972 Flail Chopper fast and easy.
|Cutting width||183 cm
|Cutting height||6.4-15.2 cm
|Operating width||312 cm
|Transport width||287 cm
|Height (with spout)||312 cm
|Number of knives||Rotor
42 (double edge)Cutterhead
|PTO speed||540 rpm|
|Rotor speed||1,400 rpm|
|Cutterhead speed||800 rpm|
|Auger speed||246 rpm|
|Tires||15-5.90, 4 PR|
|Drive system protection||Slip clutch protected|
|Hitch adjustment||Yes, from tractor seat|
|Wagon hitches||Egual angle optional|
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