There are many different brands and types of bale wrappers on the market to choose from. How do you make sure you are picking the right one for your farm? Which type of bale wrapper fits your operation and will provide bales with the greatest protection? Take a few moments to consider your options:
Do you prefer to wrap bales directly in the field?
For many farmers, a trailed bale wrapper is the preferred method for wrapping bales. These wrappers have the advantage in that bales can be quickly wrapped in the field after baling, providing the necessary protection from the elements and reducing the amount of time your haylage or baleage is exposed to oxygen, thus improving forage quality.
Choose a trailed wrapper that fits your terrain
Of utmost importance when selecting a trailed bale wrapper is the consistency in which the bale is wrapped. Terrain that is hilly, rough, or uneven can make it difficult for some wrappers to provide a proper overlap of film, potentially compromising the integrity of the plastic barrier. The Goweil G5012 round bale wrapper has been specifically designed for exactly this type of demanding terrain.
With its twin satellite wrapping arms that rotate around the bale — instead of the standard table wrapper that spins the bale — the G5012 wrapper is able to maintain a lower center of gravity reducing the chance bales come off of the wrapping table and enhancing its overall stability. The twin satellite wrapping arms also mean the wrapper can quickly wrap and put an airtight seal on all kinds of bales, whether they are light, heavy, or even misshapen.
Do you prefer to wrap bales back at your farm?
“Wrapping at the stack” is another option that can be considered when looking for bale wrapping solutions. Stationary wrappers can provide some distinct advantages for certain operations. Wrapping at the stack means unwrapped bales are brought to the storage location first and then wrapped.
Once wrapped, bales are immediately stacked in their storage location. The benefit is that bales are only handled once after wrapping, reducing the risk that the plastic wrap is damaged. This can help to limit forage losses compared to a trailed wrapper, where wrapped bales must be handled multiple times until they reach their storage location.
Stationary wrapping can also be more efficient, especially if the wrapper has its own integrated motor like the Goweil G3010 Farmer. The wrapper can be remotely operated, meaning the skid steer or telehandler operator who is stacking the wrapped bales can control all functions of the G3010 wrapper. This makes for a seamless one-man wrapping and stacking operation.
For over 30 years Goweil has been manufacturing bale wrappers for the demanding alpine conditions in central Europe. The hilly Austrian countryside which we call home provides the ideal environment to test and perfect our bale wrappers so that we can provide the best product for our customers.