A greater ef­fi­ciency gives the new Case balers the real edge

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - HAY AND SILAGE -

CASE IH has un­veiled its new se­ries of Large Square Balers to the Aus­tralian mar­ket, de­signed for the tough­est crop types in the most chal­leng­ing of con­di­tions.

The Case IH LB434 XL se­ries re­tain the fea­tures and adapt­abil­ity of the cur­rent LB434 units, while in­tro­duc­ing a range of new at­tributes to get the job done more ef­fi­ciently, and is avail­able to pro­duc­ers in two mod­els: the LB434S XL (Stan­dard) and LB434R XL (Ro­tor Cut).

The new balers fea­ture an 80cm longer bale cham­ber, wider panel widths to re­duce ma­te­rial ac­cu­mu­la­tion be­hind twine boxes, up­graded plat­form and hand rail­ings, and new ac­tive bale eject sys­tem, while re­tain­ing 48 plunger strokes per minute, wide pick-ups and six dou­ble-tie knot­ters.

“It all adds up to a unit per­fectly de­signed for large-scale hay and for­age op­er­a­tions with a lot of ground to cover and a short time to do it,” said Tim Slater, Case IH prod­uct man­ager for Hay and Har­vest.

In length­en­ing the bale cham­ber, bale den­sity has in­creased by up to 10 per cent over pre­vi­ous mod­els, with a more sta­ble bale den­sity in var­i­ous op­er­at­ing con­di­tions, and bet­ter bale shape.

The longer bale cham­ber also means bales exit the bale chute closer to the ground for a gen­tler drop, min­imis­ing the risk of twine break­ages.

“Greater den­sity means more crop per bale, de­creas­ing bale count as well as re­duced han­dling, wrap­ping and trans­porta- tion costs — help­ing pro­duc­ers eco­nom­i­cally reach new mar­kets,” said Mr Slater.

Struc­turally, the LB434 XL Se­ries has been strength­ened to ac­com­mo­date the ad­di­tional weight to the rear from the ex­tended bale cham­ber, and the plunger has been up­graded to han­dle the higher an­tic­i­pated loads from the in­creased den­sity.

“Con­tin­ual safety up­grades also re­main a pri­or­ity for Case IH and these new LB434 XL Large Square Balers re­flect that,” Mr Slater said.

“Fold­ing handrails have been re­designed to al­low for more com­fort­able and safer ac­cess to the whole ser­vice area, and the new rail­ings project fur­ther to the front of the ma­chine to of­fer safer ac­cess to this area.”

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