Monday, 20 February 2017 14:55

Baler upgrade

Written by  Mark Daniel
New Holland’s Roll-Belt variable baler. New Holland’s Roll-Belt variable baler.

New Holland Agriculture has upgraded its Roll-Belt variable chamber balers for better performance in silage; its new IntelliBale system is said to raise performance and efficiency.

NH has about 235,000 Roll-Belt units in use worldwide; its ability to work in all types of crops explains its success.

A new dual-follower roll sledge assembly replaces the single-looped follower roll with the scraper of the previous models.

The smooth front roll and looped rear roll rotate together, preventing crop accumulating on top of the scraper, and behind the belts in the follower roll area from wrapping on the rolls, which can lead to belt slippage or stalling in difficult silage conditions. This eliminates the need to stop and clean crop from the roll and scraper, increasing the baler’s productivity.

In addition, the single looped nose roll with scraper in the tailgate has been replaced in the new models with a smooth front roll and spiral looped rear roll. The rotating action of the latter prevents crop from wrapping at the nose, and a gap in the tailgate side sheet allows crop to be expelled from this area.

This eliminates the need to clear crop from the nose roll and improves the tailgate.

The IntelliBale system, which can be specified on ISOBUS class 3 compatible T6 and T7 AutoCommand tractors automates the control functions, reducing operator fatigue and fuel consumption.

This technology enables the baler to control the tractor’s forward motion: it brings the tractor to a stop when the pre-set bale diameter has been reached, wraps the bale, raises and closes the tailgate when the bale has been ejected, then gives the operator the signal to cycle the FNR lever forward and back to neutral to continue baling.

The system also ensures uniform bale size, as diameter is automated, and doesn’t rely on the operator’s reaction time.

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