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Mowing in the Alps
Mowing with Carraro TTR 4400 HST and Gaspardo cutter.

Zillertal/Tirol/Austria Heart of the Alps JULY 19 2002

On photos it is difficult to show how steep it is in
reality, but I tried it.
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another view some time later
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another view
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The boss himself preparing the knifes for the cutter
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Very educational pictures and yes I can tell how steep by
looking at the angle of ground and trees in background
Post more pictures of this type of farming

Roy Chapin
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So, you use sickle bar cutters instead of rotary mowers??
Is that because of all the stones on the mountains, or
because of the lower power requirement of a sickle bar?


P.S. Great pictures !!
Cutters in the Alps
We use sickle bar cutters, some others use rotary cutters.
Sickle bar cutters need much less power, and are not as
heavy as rotary cutters, though the manufacturers build very
light machines for farming in the mountains.
Most of the mountain-tracs have around 40 hp, and this is
not really enough for rotary cutters.
With sickle bar cutters you can work at steeper places.
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I see.

I believe sickle bar cutters weigh much less than a rotary
mower - but 40 hp should be enough for a rotary cutter of
this width, i think.

40hp and cutters
40 hp are enough, but not really. the width of rotary
cutters for 40ps is 190cm, but this is not wide enough,
sometimes the weels roll over unmowed grass.
Our sickle bar cutter is 220cm. As you see on the photos,
the tractor slides when it is more steep, and you can never
use the whole width. And a rotary cutter with a width of
220cm is too big for 40hp. You have to drive up, too, and
stop and turn and so on, and there you need more power.
Some farmers changed back from rotary cutters to sickle bar
cutters because of this effect.
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I can imagine that driving uphill this slope, takes more hp
than with us in the Netherlands. The highest level
difference of the land around us is 1,5 meter. You guys
laugh if i dare to call this a hill slope.

We use a Zetor 5245, 50 hp with a CLAAS WM20 drum mower,
1,65 meter wide. We drive about 23km/h and mow a piece of
land of 1.30 hectare in less than 45 minutes.

What capacity do you reach with the Carraro and sickle bar?

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Yes, in the valleys in the alps there are many Ford,
Lindner, Steyr etc. with KM22, Pöttinger 165 etc, I've been
driving at some farmers with similar equipment.

I don't know the maximum capacity of our Carraro with our
sickle bar cutter, because at the some places we can only
mow with 3km/h, in other places with 15 km/h. In flat places
this would be very fast, and I think when it's flat a rotary
cutter should work well with 40hp.
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how many hp does your engine loose because of the altitude
and less oxygen?
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I'm from italy, toscana. I see that you use the gaspardo
front mower. I have a rear gaspardo sicklebar mower and
works very well. I want to buy a front mower like your but i
don't know how it works (i have many stones). A disc mower
is better or ruin the plants?(I cultivate -TRIFOGLIO-, a
plants with three leaf to make hay or seed). I pull it with
a new holland tn 95f. Thanks
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I have to say u guys are brave working on these slopes, I,m
from Northern Ireland and we have one really steep field
that we only use for grazing as it is so steep, in fact my
father once rolled a ford 1000 (with cab0 on the hill)
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