24-35m³ Zelon Forage Wagon


Zelon - efficiency from 24m³

The Zelon, which offers the unique Continuous Flow System, offers a loading capacity from 24m3 (DIN). Given the increased fuel costs, the Zelon forage wagon is able to gain the significant benefit compared to other harvesting methods. The Continuous Flow System unit enables you to load more tonnage per m3 - with less time and lower running costs.

 Zelon CFS Forage Wagon

This entry-level forage wagon is perfect for dairy farms with their own machinery or machinery cooperatives.

● Loading capacity, medium compression 44 - 65 m³ ● Continuous Flow System accelerator drum ● Helical rotor ● 37 double-sided knives ● Power required from 95P


Continuous Flow System


Continous Flow System

Due to the interaction of the different components, the Continuous Flow System unit ensures excellent loading performance and a low power requirement. The pick-up, Continuous Flow System roller, rotor and double-cut cutting unit are optimally matched to each other. This results in an excellent cutting quality and power efficient drive, saving time and money.

3d image of the Continous-Flow System on the forage wagon


Low power requirement

The newly developed pick-up and the Continuous Flow System drum spreads out and disperses the swathe and feeds it over the entire width of the rotor and the cutting unit. The rotor, which is mounted 100mm higher, conveys the pre-wilted green fodder through the shortened conveyor duct into the cargo space, thus saving energy and reducing the power requirement by approx. 10%.

photo of a Strautmann forage wagon


Full width filling

Thanks to the Continuous Flow System roller spreading the forage over the whole rotor width, the material is loaded into the cargo space over its entire loading space. We measured 10% more weight per cubic meter. The Continuous Flow System gives more weight than the competitors at the same capacity, making the tonnage capacity more important than the cargo space volume.

photo of a Strautmann forage wagon


High Performance

A better filling spread also affects acreage performance. The areas to be harvested can be cleared quicker and the fodder is moved faster to the clamp. After all, time is money.

photo of a Strautmann forage wagon


Optimum adaptation to ground contours

Due to the design of the Continuous Flow System drum, the pick-up is at a very shallow angle, such that the pressure exerted on the feed rollers is very low, which enables the pick-up to better adapt to the contours of the ground.

Furthermore, the green fodder is continuously and gently picked up due to the V-shaped helical arrangement of the pick-up tines. 

Tines are always picking up, but the V-shape means not all tines are touching the ground at the same time, preventing power peaks.

close up photo of the forage wagon roller


Protection of drives

Due to the homogeneous and continuous flow of material, the Continuous Flow System conveying unit runs very smoothly and consistently, meaning there are hardly any peak loads. And if there are no peak loads, the complete drive unit will be free from excessive forces ensuring a long service life of the conveying unit and therefore of the entire forage wagon.

photo showing grass falling from the back of a forage wagon


Longer service life of knives

As the Continuous Flow System spreads the grass evenly across the chopping rotor there is an even load on each of the knives. This means that knives wear more consistently and the sharpening interval is extended. On machines without a Continuous Flow System system the central knives become blunt and reduce machine performance, this does not happen with a Strautmann Continuous Flow System pick-up. In addition, the knives are designed so that you are able to sharpen or replace only the blades that you need to, rather than all of the knives.

drawing of the forage wagon knife system
Continuous Flow System spreading-out effect
Conveying Unit CFS Conveying Unit

Conventional conveying unit:

The picked-up green fodder is delivered to the rotor without spreading-out effect. The rotor and the cutting unit are partially loaded.

Continuous Flow System conveying unit:

The picked-up green fodder is dispersed by the pick-up and the accelerator drum and fed to the rotor and cutting unit over the entire width.

Continuous Flow System feed rotor

● Robust conveyor drum with helically arranged conveyor fins with Hardox tine plates ● Smooth operation, with no peak loads due to the helical rotor design ● One-sided, torsion-free drive of loading rotor due to low-maintenance gearbox ● Wide strippers with Hardox plates.

photo of the feed rotor on the forage wagon

Continuous Flow System Drum

Distributor drum between the pick-up and rotor. ● Delivers fodder from pick-up to the rotor ensuring low hp requirement ● Even, full-width spread of material due to the helical welded layer, so the entire rotor width is utilised, keeping a minimal and constant load on the machine. 

CFS Drum

Continuous Flow System camless pick-up

● Picking-up width of 1.8m ● 5 tine rows placed in a V-shape for smooth and even material flow ● Camless pick-up with very few wearing parts and low maintenance, compared to traditional Cam pick-up systems ● Plastic strippers for minimum tine wear.

photo of the forage wagon's cam-less pickup system

Exact-Cut system

A new cutting system with a cutting edge on both sides of the re-designed double-sided blade - a 39mm chop-length is reliably guaranteed. The knives have a rapid-trigger protection function, which automatically retracts them from the chop channel if a foreign object is detected.

They then return automatically to their working position, maximising work-rates while minimising damage to the knives. Exact-cut is now standard on all Strautmann forage wagons, from the smaller Zelon through to the Magnon 10.

  • 37 knives ‘Exact-Cut’ unit 
  • 39mm theoretical cutting/chop length
  • Tool-free knife change


Optional 'Flex-Load pick-up

The Zelon forage wagon can be optioned with the new ‘Flex-Load’ pick-up which has six rows of plastic tines arranged in chevron formation. The pick-up is powered hydraulically for infinitely variable adjustment.

  • Less breakage of tines
  • Minimised tine wear
  • Change of tines in under a minute
  • Tines flex to adapt to ground contours
  • Gentle pick up for ground protection
  • Less contamination of fodder 

More information on the flex-load pick-up can be found here


● Tandem axle assembly ● Spring-loaded tandem axle (40km/h) for optimum driving characteristics and easy towing ● Optional: Tandem steering where the rear axle freely follows the movement of the tractor and wagon. Active steering axle that utilises a second ball-joint on the drawbar which activates the rear axle as the tractor and wagon turns, helping prevent excessive tyre wear.

phopto of a forage wagon steering axel and chassis


Electro-hydraulic easy-to-use control. The hydraulic valves are controlled via a control-box which is easy to operate and is mounted next to the tractor driver. Control lights for all vital functions ensure safe operation.

the forage wagon's electro-hydraulic easy-to-use control

ISOBUS control

The optional ISOBUS control offers the driver easy operation without having to familiarise themselves with a new control box. Of course, the ISO suitability also creates the option of operation via existing terminals on the premises or on the tractor. Thus, interesting advantages of the valuable control terminals can be transferred to the machine use.

image showing the isobus control

Central lubrication system

● Centralised grease lubrication system for all lubrication points on the vehicle.

photo of the forage wagon's central lubrication system

37 knife cutting unit

● Easy cutting cut due to optimum geometry between the cutting knives and rotor ● Knife protection without use of tools ● Turn-able knives due to double-sided blade for longer sharpening intervals and better cutting quality ● Individual knife protection with knife quick-change system ● 37 knives, on one level for a cutting/chop length of 39mm ● In case of shortened knives, readjustment of the entire knife bar via upper link ● Hydraulic extending and retracting of the entire knife bar.

photo of the forage wagon's knife unit


Strautmann knife protection - in-work Strautmann knife protection - safety break-back

Strautmann knife protection - in-work Strautmann knife protection - safety break-back

Instead of the knife being pressured into the rotor, the knife is set up with a cam clutch tyre system. The spot-on triggering, without the spring counter tension, means a foreign object will trigger the knife to roll out of the work position, thus only blunting or damaging one point on the blade. A conventional knife protection will cause the foreign object to travel the entire length of the blade before releasing it, blunting or braking a large portion of the blade.

Transport floor

● Divided transport floor with 4 transport floor chains ● Hydraulic transport floor drive with two 10 mm high-strength chains and handy U-shaped steel sections ● Breaking load of 13 t per chain ● Automatic transport floor chain tightening ● Optional 2-stage feed motor ● Standard bumper buffer

photo of the forage wagon transport floor

Unloading options


Solid tailgate

  • With hydraulic locking mechanism
  • Wide opening option for quick discharge
  • With integrated pressure switch for level indicator
 photo of the solid tailgate unloading option


Effective dosing drums

  • Dosing unit with 2 standard beaters
  • Equipped with aggressive ripping tines 
  • Optionally available with 3 beaters for more homogeneous discharge on the silo
 photo of the effective dosing drums


Robust drive

  • Driven by large-sized roller chains
  • Safety switch-off at the bottom beater
  • When the wagon is full, the bottom beater is able to move to the rear, thus stopping the transport floor moving.
 photo of the robust drive

Technical Specification

Technical specification

Short-cut Zelon Forage Wagon Continuous Flow System 250 / 290 / 360 (DO)



Technical data






Zelon 250

Zelon 290

Zelon 360


Length (without/with dosing unit) m





Width, Chassis 13t, tyres 620/40 R22.5 (Chassis 16t, tyres 710/40 R22.5) m


2,71 (2,8)

2,71 (2,8)

2,71 (2,8)

Height with silage extension, Chassis 13t, tyres 620/40 R22.5 (Chassis 16t, tyres 710/40 R22.5) m


3,65 (3,75)

3,65 (3,75)

3,65 (3,75)

Loading capacity according to DIN 11741





Loading capacity, medium compression





Gross vehicle weight rating





Dead weight, standard equipment





with dosing unit





Power required from





Dimensions of tyres


560/45 R 22.5

560/45 R 22.5

560/45 R 22.5

Zero Grazing Upgrades

Zero Grazing Upgrades

Please click here to visit the Zero Grazing Upgrade page for the full upgrade information for the Zelon.

Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials
Rachel and Joe HorlerRachel and Joe Horler, Somerset

A move to DIY silage-making using a forage wagon has helped one organic Somerset dairy get milk from forage up over the 5000-litre mark.

Proving that point, Somerset producers Rachel and Joe Horler have this year breached the 5000-litre barrier for milk from forage, taking the average yield from their 85 Holstein Friesian, Jersey and cross-bred cows to 7800-litres/year.

“We’re on a liquid organic contract with Coombe Farm and so our main driver has to be volume, but to do that we have to concentrate very hard on making sure our cows are as well fed as possible,” explains Mrs Horler.

Click here to read the full news article 



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