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MacDon M1170 NT5 windrower Slimmer swather for narrower roads

If you take a trip to France or Denmark, you may well see a few swathers as these machines can fit well into regional mixed cropping regimes. Where crops mature at much the same time, but with one combine to harvest them all, swathing can be a useful tool too, particularly in a catchy season. Could access to a swather better suited to European conditions see their use increase? We cannot answer that one but we can at least outline what it is like to operate a modern design.

Narrow transport width

Swathing cereals is not a job manyhave had a chance to carry out and we had to travel to Denmark for our chance to try MacDon’s M1170 NT5. The company’s standard fixed width M1170 swather is 4.40m wide in transport and has proven a strong seller in its ‘home’ market since launched back in 2018. The subject M1170 NT5 is essentially a narrow transport variant of its stablemate, with a chassis that hydraulically retracts to a more ‘manageable’ transport width of 3.47m. As such, the NT variant can comply with European maximum vehicle transport dimensions with the caveat that restrictions will still apply, particularly on UK and Irish roads.

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