New triple-mounted mower-conditioner available from John Deere

To help producers mow and condition more hay in less time, John Deere introduces the Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioner for 2012.  This three-machine system combines a 131 Front-Mount Mower-Conditioner with a Model 388 Twin Rear-Mount Mower-Conditioner to cut a swath more than 28 feet wide in a single pass.

“This mo-co combination allows the operator to cut and condition up to 40 acres of hay per hour depending on field conditions,” says Jeremy Unruh, baling and mowing product manager for John Deere. “The Triple-Mounted Mo-Co offers our large beef and dairy cattle customers and custom operators a wide cutting width of 28 feet, 8 inches and a narrow transport width of 10 feet, 2 inches.”

To operate the Triple-Mounted unit requires a tractor with greater than 190 rear PTO horsepower and equipped with front hitch and 1000 RPM PTO. The standard configuration uses a 1-3/8-inch front PTO, which can be adapted to 1-3/4-inch, and a 1-3/4-inch rear PTO connection. Quik-Coupler adapting parts are standard with each 388 Rear-Mounted Mo-Co for easier attachment to tractors with Category 3 or Category 4N/3 three-point hitch.

“These units are a great fit with the new John Deere 7R Series Tractors, as well as the 7030 Series and 8R Series tractors with front hitch and PTO,” says Unruh. “It allows producers to increase the utilization of their large row-crop tractor and improve the productivity of their haying operations, especially when integrated with an AutoTrac guidance system.”

For more information on these products and other hay and forage products from John Deere, see your local John Deere dealer or visit

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