The 186M Windrow Merger from RCI Engineering is a simple, cost-effective solution to merging windrows together while minimizing dirt and foreign material in the windrow as can be experienced in raking operations.

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Intended Use

For merging two or three windrows from up to 18′ wide cut widths into a single windrow.  The 186M can also function as a very effective windrow inverter for improved crop drying in some conditions.

 Product Highlights

  • Effective pickup width is 8’6” wide.
  • Tine bar assembly features six tine bars with center support.
  • Extension with 3 feet of length is standard equipment.
  • A bundle to increase the extension length to 5’ is available and recommended when tripling 16’ or 18’ cut widths to a windrow of less than 8’ wide.
  • If tripling windrows from a 16’ cut width and a final windrow width of under 9’ is needed, the standard extension is sufficient.
  • The longer extension option is recommended for all cut widths of greater than 16’.
  • Windguard is standard equipment.
  • Pickup and belts are driven hydraulically in series.
  • Gauge wheels are adjustable.
  • Conveyor extension shut-off valve is standard equipment such that the merger can be used with the extension in the transport position.
  • Can be used with virtually any 50+ hp tractor with a drawbar, self-contained oil cooler, and two remote hydraulic valves
  • Unit discharges at the right side with the extension in the raised or lowered position.
  • Reversible belt direction is standard equipment.

Product Limitations

  • The 186M is not recommended at this time for use with tractors without integrated oil coolers.
  • When used on a tractor with open-center hydraulics and no flow control from the tractor, a pair of plugs must be removed from the manifold to allow for flow control at the manifold.  Refer to the 186M Operator Manual for more information.
  • The maximum transport speed for the unit is 25 mph.  Additional safety lighting may need to be added if pulled behind any vehicle besides a tractor.  See local DOT regulations regarding lighting requirements for road transport when not using a tractor.

Product Specifications

Pickup
Pickup Working Width 8′ 6”
Type Cam w/tine bar reel
Number of Cams 2
Number of Tine Bars 6 w/ center support
Wind Guard Yes
Pickup Drive Hydraulic
Stripper Guard Type Metal
Float System Spring
Conveyor
Belt Width, in. 35 1/4″
Lug Height, in. 3/4″
Lug Width, in. 32 1/2″
Extension Yes
Length 36″ Standard; 60” Optional
Extension Folding Hydraulic
Belt Drive Hydraulic
Tractor Hyd. Drive System Yes
GPM/PSI Required 12 / 2000
Hydraulic Remotes Needed 2
Tractor Size Minimum 50 hp
Dimensions & other Specifications
Base Weight, lbs 2,200 approx
Transport Width 10′ 11″
Transport Length 12′
Tire Size (Frame) 26 x 12 – 12
Gauge Wheel Size 18.5 x 8.5 – 8
Operating Speed 2 to 12 mph
Transport Speed Up to 25 mph
Merging Width Cuts Up to 18′ (with optional extension)

Ordering Information

Part Number Description Comments
RC130001 186M Merger, Base Unit
RC063481 Bundle, 2-Foot Extension Addition  Total of 5’ extension length

Where To Buy?

  • See your local John Deere Dealer for more information.
  • All RCI Implements and Attachments are sold through the John Deere Dealer Network.

Reference Documents

186M Merger Brochure

186M Marketing Bulletin

Long Extension Bundle for 186M Merger

186M Operator Manual

 

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