Fueled by his imagination and his aspiration to find a better way, Gary Vermeer founded Vermeer Manufacturing Company in 1948. Sixty years later, his son Bob and daughter Mary lead Vermeer Corporation and recognize their father's pioneering spirit.
Vermeer Corporation is credited with being an innovator in developing the large round baler. In keeping with the tradition, the company recently launched the 605 and 604 Super M Series Balers. Designed for custom balers and high-volume producers, these machines accelerate the bale-starting process and improve hay pickup and feed performance. The Super M Series has a dual-stage belt-tightening system for a smoother, more trouble-free start in the bale-starting chamber. The bale chamber then expands as the bale is formed.
The wide heavy-duty Direct Crop Feed pickup system eliminates stuffers and rotors and features a reinforced five-bar pickup and self-cleaning double augers in front and on each side of the lower bottom drum roller. The 605 Super M must be coupled with an 80-hp or larger tractor; the 604 Super M requires at least 70 hp.
Providing more data during the baling process, the Bale EXpert monitor can be paired with up to three bale chamber sensors to improve real-time readings on bale shape and size. The axles and hitch have load cells to estimate bale weight, and the baler's side panels and disks feature moisture sensors to relay information on hay moisture.
Super M balers are available with optional silage kits and net wrap attachments. The 605 baler can be outfitted with a powered windguard for cornstalk baling. List price for the 605 Super M: $49,715; the 605 Super M Cornstalk Special: $53,655.
For farmers who have to maneuver through narrow gates and tight spaces, the Vermeer TM1200 trailed mower features an 8'5" transport width. The total cutting width is 15'6", and maximum swath width is 87% of the cutting width for quicker uniform drydown. The TM1200 is built with a center pivot design and two independent stagger cutterbars. The trailed mower is compatible with Category 2 and Category 3N hitches and adaptable to a three-point quick-hitch. Cutting height is adjustable from 1.25" to 3", and hydraulic cutterbar pitch control allows for adjustment and eliminates streaking. The TM1200 features Vermeer's Quick-Clip blade retention system. This implement requires a tractor with at least 85 hp. List price: $39,628.
Designed for use with Vermeer BP8000 bale pro
cessors, the Final Cut feed chopper can replace the need for large-scale contract grinding. The BP8000 chops long, coarse, stringy, frozen or wet material to
a length of 3" or less. To achieve the shorter uniform cut, 128 free-swinging cutting blades are mounted on a powered rotor bar that turns at speeds up to 3,000 rpm. The blades are reversible for longer life. List price: $7,460.
Vermeer Corporation recognizes the potential in harvesting biomass. In addition to introducing the Super M Cornstalk Special baler, the company recently purchased the CX770 cob harvester. The wagon-style cob collection system trails the combine to harvest grain and cobs in one pass.
For additional information, visit a Vermeer dealer, or contact Vermeer Corporation, P.O. Box 200, Pella, IA 50219; www.vermeerag.com