Claas adds the Quadrant 3300, which produces 35.5 x 48” square bales, to its hay and forage line. The baler has a heavy-duty 92.5” pickup and a feed rotor that optimizes material flow to preserve crop quality.
Its top and bottom pre-chamber sensors monitor flake size and, combined with the baler’s long bale chamber, help increase the density of each bale. Crop is compacted into small bale packages in record time and hydraulic pressure is applied from three sides ensure that bales are evenly and highly compressed.
The Hesston 2170 XD large square baler creates dense 3 x 4’ bales up to 9’ in length. It features extra load capacity with a newly designed gearbox equipped with larger input and output shafts, gears and crank arms; heavier castings; double-clamp bolts; and stronger connecting rods.
Vermeer’s 504N baler has the speed, operating efficiency, functionality and reliability of its M Series with high-density, smaller 5 x 4’ round bales. It features a positive-roll starting system, upgraded net-wrap design, spring-loaded bale ramps, spring-cushioned pickups, Haysaver wheels and its Bale Expert monitor. An optional hydraulic pickup lift and a silage baling kit to harvest forage at 50-65% moisture are also available.
Fortima round balers from Krone offer maximum efficiency, high bale densities and a clear design with easy access to service and maintenance points. They’re available in the Fortima V 1500 model, producing 4’ x 3’3”, 60”-diameter bales, and the Fortima V 1800, producing 4’ x 3’3”, 72”-diameter bales. Both models come with camless pickup and can be equipped with Krone’s MultiCut cutting system.
User-friendly functionality and lower horsepower requirements are major features of the Rebel 5420/5520 series balers by Vermeer. The series comes with Alligator rivet belt laces for maximum strength, better belt tracking, a balanced density system and easy-to-adjust Haysaver wheels. An optional net-wrap system is simple to load and feed and reliable to operate, with improved net spreading to wrap bales in less than 10 seconds.
The Claas 900 Series Jaguar forage harvesters now meet Tier-4 interim emissions standards and range from 455 to 884 hp, offering telematics, yield mapping and remote diagnostics. They also feature pivot operator seats and other cab improvements. The optional multi-crop cracker has a sealed design, maintenance-free tension belt and a roller assembly designed for quick and easy removal. The Jaguar 970 and 980, with single MAN engines, are available with optional Dynamic Power Systems to automatically adjust engine output for optimal fuel use.
Claas introduces two heavy-duty balers – the Rollant 375 RC and Rollant 375 Uniwrap – featuring 16-knife cutting systems. A 4 x 4’ fixed chamber has newly designed heavy-duty rollers for greater reliability with less horsepower. Maximum Pressure System technology and an 83”-wide pickup with augers deliver high bale density. The RC model makes conventional bales; the Uniwrap bales and wraps.
Krone’s BiG M 420 self-propelled mower-conditioner with 32’ cutting width is powered by a MAN engine to perform in dense crops and on slopes. The engine uses SCR technology with AdBlue to comply with Tier-4 interim exhaust emission standards and maximize fuel efficiency. The machine also features a more comfortable cab.
This John Deere Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioner cuts a 28’ swath in one pass. It combines its 131 front-mount mower-conditioner with a 388 twin rear-mount mower-conditioner. Transport width is 10’2”, and it needs a tractor with greater than 190 rear pto hp and equipped with front hitch and 1,000 rpm pto. Quick Coupler parts are standard with the 388.
Get a faster cut and a quality crop with the Massey Ferguson DM series butterfly mower system. It combines the DM 1340 front-mount mower with the DM 1398 rear-mount mowers, providing a cutting width from 9’10” to 30’6”. It adjusts to match ground contours without gouging, and uses a spring-tine rotor and four-way adjustable conditioning comb.
New Holland’s MegaCutter mounted triple-disc mower-conditioner cuts a triple-wide swath. It combines the 11’5’’ cutting width of the MegaCutter 512 front-mounted disc mower-conditioner with the MegaCutter 530 twin rear-mounted disc mower-conditioner to take down 29’6’’ with each pass. The V-tine flail conditioning system provides a range of conditioning intensities. A non-stop safety breakaway mechanism allows each mowing head to swing rearward independently and to lift to clear obstructions.
A triple disc mower, the Kuhn GMD 8730 FF combines a high-strength steel frame with the rugged Optidisc cutterbar to create a durable, yet light-weight machine that can be mounted on tractors with as little as 120 pto hp.
MacDon’s R85 Rotary Disc header comes in 13’ and 16’ sizes, cutting alfalfa at speeds up to 16 mph. The hydraulically driven header offers improvements in frame strength, cutting angle, disc pattern, header flotation and conditioning. Its separate replaceable guards protect the cutterbar between discs. MacDon’s Double Windrow Attachment puts up to 48’ of crop into one windrow by combining three 16’ conditioned windrows.
MacDon’s M5 series self-propelled windrowers – the M105, M155 and M205 – each features a high-powered, fuel-efficient Tier-3 Cummins engine, Intermediate Speed Control and cab-forward design. A moveable rail platform and cooling-system core that slides out of the way for fast cleaning, plus a chassis redesigned with a wide wheel stance, are other features.
The Hesston WR series includes five self-propelled windrower models with FieldMax monitors that track and control nearly every machine function. Agco Power engines with e3 SCR clean-air technology deliver superior fuel efficiency and power to cut through heavy forage. Operator comfort, including seats that automatically respond to field conditions, is emphasized.
Claas Liner 370T and 450T single-rotor rakes come in 11’6” and 14’6” working widths. They feature a trailed parallel drawbar design, a large lifting height and an adjustable swath guard. The 370T has 11 tine arms with four double tines per arm while the 450T features a rotor gearbox and 12 Profix tine arms with four double tines per arm.
The ProRotor rotary hay rake series, by New Holland, features flexible tines on each tine arm to gently lift and carry the crop to the windrow, offering improved leaf retention. The ProRotor 3114 features a 10’11”- diameter rotor and is drawbar-trailed. The dual-rotor design of the ProRotor 3223 lets the operator form two swaths into one extra-large windrow or rake two individual windrows with the optional front swath board. The ProRotor 3226 center-delivery rotary rake features dual rotors, raking two swaths with every pass. It works with larger mower-conditioners and self-propelled windrower heads. The central chassis with rear-wheel steering provides up to an 85° turn angle.
The giant TE490 handles up to 49’ in one pass. By Vermeer, the tedder is a high-production, 12-rotor workhorse that handles like a machine half its size. Cushion cylinders reduce shocks and impacts at the end of the hydraulic stroke. Carted framework and front-folding rotors along the drawbar ensure fast folding and stable transport with a low transport height and center of gravity.
H&S Manufacturing’s high-clearance Action Rakes come in 8-, 10- and 12-wheel models and feature the “Kwik Pik” system – a third hydraulic cylinder that sequences with wing cylinders to immediately clear windrows. A rake arm pivot joint provides flexibility for the rake beam in uneven conditions, and 7.5-mm, 60” rake wheels move the crop at a gentle speed to provide longer rake-wheel bearing life.
Vermeer’s VR1428 high-capacity wheel rake combines smart, streamlined design and functionality with simple, tool-free adjustments, plus operator conveniences to help stay on schedule. A lift/suspension cylinder on each wheel, with a nitrogen-charged accumulator, lets the operator change rake wheel settings and pressure. The rake’s unique center splitter attachment lets it cover entire swaths up to 28’ wide.
Manitou releases the MLT 625, a low-profile, super-compact telescopic handler with a maximum lift height of 19’3” and maximum lift capacity of 5,500 lbs. The handler can access low-overhead buildings and features a height of 6’7”, a width of just under 6’ and a turn radius of 10’. It boasts a 75-hp, turbo-charged Kubota diesel engine and a hydraulic gear pump with a flow rate of 24 gallons per minute at 3,408 psi. The flexible two-speed hydrostatic transmission reduces fuel consumption.
Gehl’s updated 4640E and 5240E Power2 skid loaders are equipped with 68-hp Yanmar Tier-4 interim diesel engines producing up to 180 foot-pounds of torque. The two models measure only 59.7” with an optional offset tire package, and the Power2 lifts up to 2,050 lbs with optional counterweights.
ProAg’s 900 Hay Hiker retrieves and hauls round bales utilizing a heavy-duty loading arm and axles. It can pick up twelve 4’ bales or eight 5’ or 6’ bales in one pass. With this carrier, the operator can approach the bale at almost any direction, turn it and load in one motion from the same side of the machine without stopping. Gentle on the bale, its chains never come in contact with bale twine or net wrap. The machine’s load capacity is 13,623 lbs. A 120-hp tractor is required.
The Kuhn Primor 5570 M bale processor processes square bales up to 8’10” long, and round bales 4’ wide and up to 6’7” in diameter. Designed to be used with lower-horsepower tractors, it features a top discharge blower that reaches distances of up to 60’. The Polydrive belt system drives the feed rotor, which pulls material without overcutting. The Unroll System will load up to three round bales simultaneously.
Meyer Manufacturing’s new grain kit attachment works with the double-door rear gate of the Meyer 8100 Boss live-floor forage boxes. Previous grain kits worked only with the standard top-pivoting door system. Meyer units are available for straight-truck, ag-trailer or wagon-mount versions from 18’ through 26’ in length.
The Auto Align 16K Plus Bale Runner, by ProAg, picks up two bales per loader cycle and unloads the entire load at once. It can handle bales 6.5-8.5’ long and has a 4,500-lb loader lift capacity with a maximum load capacity of 18,000 lbs. The handler can pick up and stack wet or dry bales – up to eighteen 3 x 3’ bales, twelve 3 x 4’ bales or eight 4 x 4’ bales per load. A 180-hp-minimum tractor is required.
The ELB-330 and ELB-340 front-loader bale spears from Worksaver, Inc., incorporate quick-attach brackets with triple bolt-in spears. The spears are spaced 26.5” across the lower tube to handle mid- to large-size bales. Optional uprights allow for two-bale handling. Its width is 59.75”.
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