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Fendt / Katana 65

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The Fendt Katana 65 self-propelled forager has arrived in the UK and has become an instant talking point. Following the high standards of Fendt the Katana is an outstanding machinery and certainly lives up to the hype as the most exciting self-propelled forager on the market.

What sets the Katana apart from its competitors?

The Fendt Harvest Promise


Because during harvest time, it is important to have a partner you can count on. We do everything to ensure your harvest is up and running:

  • A widespread warehouse network for fast delivery of spare parts 24/7
  • Reimbursement of costs for replacement machines


As you would expect, it follows Fendt’s philosophy of packing a high specification. Customers can choose their wheel and tyre equipment, but that is about it when it comes to optional extras.

There is however, an optional Wi-Fi link to allow the image from the spout camera to be simultaneously broadcast onto a tractor’s terminal while alongside the forager having its trailer filled. Such technology should make life easier for both forager and trailer driver as operators look to maximise the fill factor of their trailers and boost efficiency.

Four-wheel drive and rear axle suspension is standard, as is Fendt’s innovative V-cracker, rippled disc rollers for maize.

The V-cracker’s 265mm diameter rollers are said to deliver a much larger surface compared to other systems, leading to improved crop flow and grain cracking. Cleverly, Fendt has designed its cracker and grass chute to swivel in and out of position hydraulically. At the touch of a button, it takes just seconds, says the firm to slide the cracker in and out of position.

The heart of the machine uses a 28-knife V-configuration drum. Measuring 800mm wide and with a 720mm diameter, Fendt says it is the largest drum on the market.

Chop length is massively variable, from 3.8mm to 20.7mm and with a half set of knives this extends to 8-42mm.

Two preset chop lengths can be stored on the in-cab 264mm (10.4 inch) Varioterminal touch-screen panel, allowing easy adjustment in the field.

One-touch auto sharpening can be carried out from the cab, and its duration is set in minutes - each minute affords three passes with the sharpening stone. Shear bar adjustment is done outside the cab, using push-buttons on the front wing to allow operators to make the correct setting by listening for gentle shear bar and blade contact.

Operators can choose to run the forager in ‘load limit’ control, which automatically adjusts forward speed according to engine load. Pickup speed can also be set to auto speed adjust, or speed can be tweaked manually using the in-cab screen.

Katana uses six, hydraulically driven feed rollers, which helps to move the metal detector further ahead of the knife drum for greater protection. The intake system carries an oscillating frame onto which the header is mounted. This allows the forager to deal with changing ground contours without restricting crop flow through the intake.

Operators get Fendt’s Visio5 cab. Designed specifically for the forager, it offers generous visibility and gets electrically heated and adjustable mirrors, as well as windscreen wipers on all four sides of the cab. A combination of LED and Xenon lights should help those harvesting late into the night.

The cab steps are illuminated too, and the step assembly can be unbolted and swung out for greater service access.


The interior gets a new armrest design with a new multi-function joystick and the Vario terminal. Functions include spout park, rapid raise and lower of the spout to avoid in-field obstructions, and header drive disconnect – the latter allows the feed rollers to be reversed without throwing crop off the header.

A closer look around the chassis reveals more about the Katana’s construction. Rear axle suspension affords greater comfort in-field and on-road, while an auto rear axle diff-lock and anti-slip traction control system boosts the Katana’s four-wheel drive capability when operating in soft conditions.

Being a late-comer to the self-propelled sector has allowed Fendt to tweak elements of machine design. The Katana’s drivetrain affords a longitudinally-mounted engine which sits low in the rear of the chassis.

In addition to lowering the centre of gravity and boosting stability on hillsides, this design affords a sloping rear-end to improve operator visibility for manoeuvring. Perhaps importantly, Fendt says cooling air is able to pass by both banks of cylinders rather than cooling just one side of the engine block.

Using a two-speed, right-angle gearbox, power is transferred forward using a multi-V belt with auto-tensioning. Its route takes in the chopping cylinder, cracker, crop accelerator and cleaner drive – the latter boosting the cooling system.

The two-speed gearbox affords Power and Eco modes. The latter allows knife drum speed to be maintained at 1,150rpm, but using a reduced engine speed of 1,600rpm, offering fuel saving potential in lighter grass crops. Mode changes are also done from the in-cab terminal.

Two large side panels are raised on parallelogram linkages, giving impressive access to both sides of the machine. When fully opened, the guards become a safety barrier with a handrail along their top edges, boosting safety for those who need access to the top of the Katana for spout maintenance, for example.

Model: Katana 65
Engine: 16-litre, Mercedes Benz MTU V8 with cooled EGR and SCR
Output: 653hp @ 1,800rpm, 3,000Nm at 1,300rpm
Transmission: 4wd, twin range hydrostatic 0-20; 0-40kph
Chopping cylinder: 720mm diameter, 800mm wide
Chop length: 28 knives 3.8-20.7mm and 14 knives up to 42mm
Headers: Kemper P3000 grass, plus 8, 10 and 12-row maize, and 6m wholecrop
Capacities: Diesel tank - 1,100 litres; AdBlue tank - 220 litres

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