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A swather is a farm implement that cuts hay or small grain crops and forms them into a windrow. A swather may be self propelled via an internal combustion engine or may be drawn by a tractor and powered through a power take-off shaft. A swather uses a sickle bar (see mower) to cut the stems of the crop. A reel helps the cut crop fall neatly onto a canvas which moves it and deposits it into a windrow, with all stems oriented in the same direction. As combines replaced threshing machines, the swather was needed to replace the binder.


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List of farm implements


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Swather - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (126 words)
A swather is a farm implement that cuts hay or small grain crops and forms them into a windrow.
A swather may be self propelled via an internal combustion engine or may be drawn by a tractor and powered through a power take-off shaft.
A swather uses a sickle bar (see mower) to cut the stems of the crop.
Patent 5031394: Swather attachment for bi-directional tractor (3326 words)
In the embodiment illustrated herein, the rear frame member of the swather head is supported at one end by the hinge means and at the other end on the side of the centre-line of the swather opposite to the tractor by a ground engaging wheel means.
While driving in the transport direction, the angle the swather assumes behind the tractor is governed by the amount the wheel is steered from the normal position in which the wheel axle is parallel to the rear frame member.
As previously indicated, when the swather is prepared for transport, the tractor is driven in the opposite direction as when swathing, and the cylinders 35 are expanded to the maximum to raise the head by pivoting the head upwardly about the horizontal axis of the hinge means 23.
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