Starting a Field with the KWMI Slab Harvester
When using a John Deere, it is recommended to operate the tractor at a rate of no less than 1400 RPM. The CUTTER SPEED which controls the cutter blade, should be set high enough so that the cutter blade does not stall.
NOTE: Operating the cutter speed flow too fast will cause unnecessary wear on cutter head parts.
- Measure off an equal distance from edge of the field (anything up to 100 feet) and at 3 points down the length of the field put stakes in a straight line.
- Cut a strip down this line the full length of the field.
- As skids are loaded, they can be set off the side on the sod or taken out to the end.
- On reaching the end of the field, turn and come back, cutting a strip beside the first cut. Sometimes it is necessary to roll out marks made by the tractor as it made the first cut.
- Repeat this until the area is completely cut.
- This method provides easy access for trucks to load without traveling over the uncut sod.
- By taking a width not in excess of 100 feet from the edge of the field, at which to start, the amount of travel by the harvester while not cutting is reduced. If a greater width is taken, the harvester has to travel over a greater distance to be from one side of the area being cut to the other side, which is wasted time. Choosing too narrow a width creates the problem of too many “starts” and could increase the amount of rolling necessary to remove marks made by the harvester as it starts a new area.