Economy Round Baler
John Deere announces an economy round baler suited for low-acreage hay producers. It makes a bale 46" wide and up to 60" tall, weighing up to 1,000 lbs in dry crop.
The baler requires a minimum 45-pto hp tractor and has a small-diameter, low-profile hay pickup mounted close to the baler wheels for excellent ground gauging and clean crop retrieval. It feeds hay directly to the forming chamber, minimizing hay lift to reduce chaffing and ensure good hay quality. Bale diameter adjusts from 32" to 60".
New Idea 6400 Series round balers offer an extra wide, low-profile pickup that packs more in a bale. The five variable-chamber balers come in three sizes: 4 × 6' (Model 6464), 4 × 5' (6454) and 5 × 6' (6465).
The 6454 and 6464 are also available in silage models. The balers feature hydraulic-actuated bale wrapping.
Vermeer's M-Series balers offer a new net-wrap system that is easy to load and feed. It also totally eliminates the need for rubber feed rollers, feed belts or knives. The balers' separated belt design and clean-out auger reduce potential hay buildup. Working widths of Models 605M and 604M are, respectively: outer teeth, 77" and 64"; inside flare, 81" and 67"; and outside flare, 90" and 76".
Mid-Size Round Baler
The Massey Ferguson 1745 round baler offers tight tine spacing, vertical feed and an open throat design, maximizing leaf retention for higher-quality hay. Its dual hydraulic cylinder tension system and six rolling belts pack hay into a more-uniform and tighter-packed bale. The MF 1745 makes a midsize (4 × 5') bale.
The low-profile pickup, with four bars and tines spaced only 2.6" apart, gently and smoothly feeds hay into the bale chamber, reducing leaf loss and maintaining high-quality hay.
Claas of America's Cougar self-propelled mower, with five Disco mowers, features a 45' mowing width for fast, efficient mowing.
It has a 12-liter, 480-hp DaimlerChrysler engine with parallel hydrostatic motors that transfer power mechanically to all-wheel-drive axles. Its universal drive shaft technology powers mower units with virtually no loss of power.
Miller Pro, St. Nazianz, WI, has added an optional self-contained hydraulic system to its Hay Buddy power merger. This allows for the use of older tractors with low hydraulic flow (under 12 gpm), low pressure and/or low oil-cooling capacity.
The merger features a Forward Flow hay pickup design and an extra wide reversible conveyor for smooth material flow. The machine can handle heavy, wet forage.
Hesston's Advanced Conditioner System features two distinct sets of conditioning rolls to double-condition hay. The steel-on-steel conditioner rolls precondition hay with limited crimping and prepare it for machined, intermeshing rubber rolls. The conditioner is part of Hesston's new 9040 auger header.
Krone, Memphis, TN, announces its Big X forage harvester. It's built for high productivity, offering more work in less time, lower fuel consumption and great crop flow. The Krone-designed cab maximizes comfort and function, while the DaimlerChrysler engine (605 or 780 hp) provides power when needed.
Three-Point Disc Mowers
Four models join the Krone line of three-point disc mowers. The EC 280, 320, 360 and 400 mowers provide cutting widths from 8'8” to 13' and feature the new EasyCut Cutterbar. The cutterbar's weight is evenly distributed using the company's Center of Gravity Flotation, which provides even surface pressure over the entire working width. That helps reduce wear and downtime.
Versa Corporation, Astoria, OR, announces a 14' collapsible-tunnel silage bagging machine that offers one-person bag loading and more tons compacted per foot of bag. That saves on plastic cost, space and labor. This commercial bagger is easily road-ready.
Bagger Table Extension
A horizontal table extension that can work with Roto-Pac silage baggers comes from Sioux Automation Center, Sioux Center, IA. Complete with road travel trailer, the unit allows the producer to increase the intake's carrying capacity, allowing more trucks to get to and from the Roto-Pac quicker.
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Twin Rotary Rake
A high-volume twin rotary rake from Miller Pro consists of two large-diameter rotors with wide raking abilities. The twin 13-arm rakes combine for a working width of 25'. Each rake has an adjustable cam setting and hydraulic lift in front and rear. A swing frame attaches to the tractor drawbar and can be steered hydraulically from the tractor.
Improved Self-Propelled Windrowers
Challenger, Duluth, GA, now offers more power in its three B Series windrowers — the SP85B, SP115B and SP185B. The SP185B's electronically fuel-injected 5.9-liter, six-cylinder diesel engine is turbocharged and air-to-air intercooled. It produces 185 hp - 20 hp more than the model it replaces. The unit also incorporates a step-up gearbox on the tandem ground drive pumps. The SP85B and SP115B each features an additional 5 hp and a Caterpillar Model 3054 engine. The series also lets operators change headers more easily.
New to the windrowers are the AHBT TwinMax auger headers, offering faster drydown and more-uniform hay conditioning. The headers come in 14' and 16' cutting widths. They also feature Challenger's TwinMax hay conditioner, which uses two separate sets of conditioner rolls positioned in-line for double conditioning.
A new pull-type roller from Hoelscher, Bushton, KS, is a heavy-weight unit, suitable for rolling pastures and fields. The 24"-diameter drum, which is 0.375" thick, provides firm, smooth rolling and can be filled with sand or water for added weight.
New Line Of Self-Propelled Windrowers
The Speedrower self-propelled windrower line, ranging from 98 to 225 hp, comes from New Holland. Its independent hydraulic head flotation system allows separate adjustment of both sides of the head. Dual switches control head flotation from inside the cab. A large selection of heads includes an 18'-wide unit with 14 discs, and a 15.5' head with 12 discs.
Big Bale Stacker
Circle C Equipment, Hermiston, OR, announces its 2005 model American Eagle big bale stacker, using new Freightliner M2 and International 7400 Series trucks. The stacker is also available on used chassis.
Hauser Built Farm and Machine, Camp Verde, AZ, introduces its Model 3412 Super Stack Retriever. It's designed to haul twelve 4 × 3' bales or eight 4 × 4' bales. The unit will also haul a double stack of small three-tie bales. The bed hydraulically retracts to accommodate smaller stacks.
Super Conditioner Rolls
Circle C Equipment's 2005 Super Conditioner features redesigned rubber rolls with raised, spiral lobes that increase feedability. The rolls fully intermesh to create a powerful vortex effect that feeds crops through rolls without plugging or wrapping. The vortex quickly ejects debris before causing damage.
Forage equipment companies are offering a wide array of new models for 2005. For more information on products shown here, circle the appropriate numbers on the reply card after page 42. Or log on to freeproductinfo.net/hfg.