R300 Advanced Controls

Since 2010, FireFly has been bringing new technologies to the turf industry that allow previously unattainable levels of control and advanced diagnostics.

These greater capabilities bring smarter systems that can adapt to varying conditions in ways never before implemented on turf harvesters. FireFly’s sophisticated motion controls give you the best versatility and ROI in the industry. Automation made simple.


All FireFly harvesters now have a single, powerful computer to run both the machine and operator interface. This controller starts up quickly to get you harvesting faster.

Controller in FireFly sod harvester

Our patent-pending cutter head synchronization builds on what was already the highest performance cutter head in the industry. It allows you to synchronize the cutter speed, head boom pressure, and head pressure with the ground speed.

For example, when you have a fast ground speed, you can have a fast cutter head speed. When you go slower, the machine will automatically slow down the cutter speed, allowing you to highly optimize your cut quality.

From chop to stack, the R300’s systems are synchronized for the highest speeds and productivity.

Unlike many other harvesters, FireFly’s accumulator doesn’t need to have any rolls on it to get it started. The stacker can also pick up rolls while they are moving on the accumulator, because the servo-controlled conveyor is automatically synchronized with the stacker for FireFly’s patented pick-up process. This means there’s no limiter to how fast you can transfer rolls onto the accumulator, thereby speeding up harvesting capability substantially.

FireFly has the only machine on the market that can pick up rolls while they’re moving. Historically, the bottleneck of other roll machines is their ability to pick up rolls. The rate that rolls transfer from the roll-up to the accumulator obviously depends on how fast you’re moving through the field. The faster you go, the faster the rolls are coming. On any other roll machine on the market today, the stacker mechanism must come down, pick up the rolls, and get out of the way in less time than it takes for that next roll to be transferred.

The R300 is the only roll machine that doesn’t have that speed limitation. Because of its ability to perfectly synchronize the accumulator conveyor with the stacker—front and back—it can pick those rolls up while they’re moving without disturbing the rolls at all. It’s a perfect synchronization between the two movements. The electric servo motors give the R300 that ability, and the patented synchronization capabilities of our stackers are so key to our harvesters, in fact, that we’ve given them the name “SynchroStackerTM.”

All new harvesters come GPS-ready and with an on-board cellular modem for remote training and diagnostics. They also have the ability to support our new FireLink data reports.

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