Russian forage harvester possible for Canada

The company, which owns Versatile, must first look at what changes it would need to make before entering the market

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Glacier FarmMedia – The Rostselmash booth in the Russian section at Germany’s Agritechnica farm show was well attended, and one of the company’s most impressive offerings, the RSM F lineup of forage harvesters, may soon be available in Canada.

Speaking through a translator, Sergey Savenkov of Rostselmash said the company is studying the Canadian market to see if any changes need to be made to the forage harvesters before they are brought in.

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“Russia and Canada have lots of similarities in terms of weather conditions, so our famers often have similar views on techniques,” Savenkov said.

“For example, Versatile machines are very popular in Russia.”

Rostselmash acquired 80 per cent of Versatile’s common shares in 2007.

Savenkov said the engine is the biggest change between the forage harvesters Rostselmash sells in Europe compared to what they plan to sell in Canada.

In Europe, the harvesters are equipped with Mercedes engines that meet the Stage V emissions standards.

However, Rostselmash already works with other engine manufacturers, including Caterpillar.

Savenkov said the company’s forage harvesters could start showing up in Canada in 2020 or 2021, and its largest machine will sell for about what it does in Europe, which is slightly less than $520,000.

There are three forage harvesters in the RSM F line up: The F2450 has 455 horsepower, the F550 has 537 h.p., and the F2650 has 611 h.p. with the current engine configurations.

With a hydrostatic transmission, optional rear-axle drive, optional 500/85R24 tires on the back and optional 900/60R32 tires for the front, the RSM F2650 is set up to work in adverse conditions.

The engine driveshaft powers the main clutch and gearbox, which drives the transmission pump, high and low pressure hydraulic pumps, as well as header drive pump.

The clutch controls the power take-off for the cutter head and blower.

The rotor speed runs at 2,400 r.p.m.

Savenkov said the hydraulic header drive enables users to adjust the header on the go.

The feedrolls are hydraulically driven so operators can quickly adjust the feed-length cut from the cab.

The F2650 can travel 25 km-h while working in light crop conditions, and has a transport speed of 40 km-h.

The company offers a 4.5 metre, six metre, and 7.5 metre corn header, a six-metre grass header, as well as a three-metre pickup for windrows.

The cutter heads operate at 1,200 r.p.m., have a diameter of 630 millimetres, an automatic knife-sharpening system, an automatic shear bar adjustment that’s controlled from the cab, an automatic cutter head bed clearance adjustment, and 48 blades with optional specific blades for grass and corn harvesting.

A slider design of the kernel processor makes the processor easy to bypass when switching to grass harvesting.

The inoculant application system can apply 0.3 to six litres per hour, and apply diluted inoculant from 10 to 300 litres per hour.

There is a 30-litre tank for concentrated inoculant and a 390-litre tank for diluted inoculant.

This article was originally published at The Western Producer.

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