A used forage wagon can offer a cost-effective option for those looking to take more control of their silaging operation. Geoff Ashcroft sought some buying tips from Opico’s Strautmann specialist David Mein. Strautmann’s Giga Vitesse has proved a popular buy for many farms up and down the UK as an alternative to precision chop foragers or round balers. It sits in a large line-up of Strautmann forage wagons, now offered from distributor Opico. Below it in the range are Zelon and Super Vitesse models, and at the top of the range is the Terra Vitesse series which extends to 95cu.m and runs on a triple axle design. Chop length comes in at about 35mm from the Giga’s 45-knife rotor, and the power requirement is said to be about 180hp – but not for the pto power. This size of tractor is recommended, says Strautmann specialist David Mein, to ensure there is a big enough tractor up front to handle the Giga’s bulk. Models offer IsoBus control, plus a self-loading capability and the intake also includes Straumann’s CFS – continuous flow system – to help spread taller swaths across the full width of the intake rotor. IsoBus also allows work to be recorded including loads ...