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Trailed Forage Harvester

Trailed forage harvester: General Information

A trailed forage harvester is a farm machine that is used for harvesting forage plants in order to make silage. Silage is used as animal fodder. The machine finely cuts grass or vegetation. After this the grass is compressed and put in a storage silo which is afterward fermented.

The harvester is mounted on the back of a tractor or a trailor. It contains a flywheel with numerous knives that have the function of cutting and propelling the silage into the wagon. Most harvesters possess paddle accelerators to improve speed. For different types of vegetation, different kinds of heads are mounted to the harvester Disc Mowers are for example suitable for cutting maize.

When it comes to harvesting cereal crops, Kernel processors are used. They comprise of two rolling mills embedded with teeth and powered by springs which break the heads of these crops. The processors are attached between the accelerator and the cutter head and can be easily removed when it comes to cutting crops that are non-cereal.

Trailed Forage Harvester

Trailed Forage Harvester


Some of the renowned manufacturers of trailed forage harvesters is Lely Fielddays, JF-Stoll, Claas, John Deere and Hebei Ruixue.


The forage harvester was first introduced in the 1950s by David Brown leading to other people introducing different makes of the harvesters. The trailed forage harvester kept on being updated to the latest most suitable version.

Safety measures

While the machine is in use, a lot of factors have to be put in consideration to avoid situations whereby accidents may happen. While assessing the machine, there are various parts that one has to pay close attention to. For instance the forager itself could be hazardous if not carefully handled. A manual indicates the steps the operator has to undertake as well as the risks involved.