The new ‘PLUS’ series balers are available with a range of intake systems, with a choice of Feeder Fork, PowerFeed rotor, 14 and 25 knife SuperCut chopping systems and maximum bale sizes of 1.65m, 1.75 and 2.0m depending on model. Performance enhancing upgrades include a redesigned roller crop press which is able to lift higher in large crops, while the side support arms have also been strengthened and incorporate improved limit stops. Enhanced protection against wrapping of crop is also provided for the bearings which have now been mounted inside the roller.
The 2.2m pick-up reel, which features twin-cam tracks and five tine bars, has also been given a makeover, with 10mm longer tines and wider strippers to improve cleaning in wet crop conditions. The pick-up drive chain has also been increased in size for added durability. The driveline has received attention and is now equipped with new long life HBC specification chains providing higher fatigue strength and increased wear resistance compared to conventional chain. The bale chamber has not escaped attention either, with new design idler rollers, which benefit from a 45% increase in bearing diameter, along with larger internal grease capacity and improved shielding.
A continuous central shaft also provides enhanced rigidity. Maintenance has been simplified with bale chamber drive rollers featuring cast iron housings and centralised grease banks, ensuring non-productive maintenance time is kept to a minimum. Operator convenience has been improved with a new foldable PTO stand, which also incorporates handy hose and cable storage, while a new easy access rear PTO cover is provided for simpler PTO maintenance. Visually the new Plus series models are distinguishable from previous models by new high level LED road lights, which have been mounted up out of harm’s way for reduced likelihood of damage from stray bales.