Perfect – Van Wamel B.V has introduced a new Variochop shredder model to its range.
These specialised orchard and vineyard shredders, which are available to growers via Perfect’s UK agent, viticultural equipment specialists N P Seymour, make it possible to adjust the driving speed of the machine to the tractor. By changing the position of the V-belt pulleys, operators can choose between 540, 750 or 1000 rpm.
The gearbox with overrunning clutch accepts both PTO rotation directions and as a result the machine can be used with all tractors, independently of PTO and rotation by just changing the position of the v-belt pulleys. The 750 rpm drive is interesting for users who use a heavier tractor and want to drive the machine with a reduced engine speed to limit fuel consumption.
In addition to models with working widths of 150, 180 and 210 cm, the delivery range now also includes a model with only 135 cm working width and as standard, the Variochop machines are equipped with a double headstock for mounting in the front, as well as the 3-point rear linkage and a hydraulic offset feature. The heavy construction, typical for Perfect products, and the standard 2.2 kg flails allow for shredding of prunings up to 8cm in diameter.
If desired, height-adjustable rake tines are available to better pickup flat-lying prunings. For growers who also want to use the machine for mowing grass, Perfect – Van Wamel has the unique Combi flails. This flail with interchangeable knife remains sharp and therefore not only provides a very good shredding in wood, but also gives a very nice and even cut in grass.
The Variochop models are a follow-up to the existing BGM and BKM series, which since their introduction in 2005 are used by a very large number of enthusiastic growers worldwide. In addition to the possibility to change the PTO speed, the drive system has also been upgraded, allowing it to transfer more power and also improve accessibility for service.
More information growers can contact the family-run team at N P Seymour, which is based in Goudhurst, Kent.