Chief among the new products from Krone’s latest launch event was a new large square baler, a new range of tedders, a new round bale wrapper and a paired back version of the firm’s recently launched variable chamber round baler.
With more than 25 years of baling experience under its belt, the firm’s BigPack large square balers have now entered their fifth generation with several changes designed to increase efficiency and bale density, while lowering the cost of ownership.
Following in the footsteps of its flagship 1290 HDP baler, the 1270 and standard 1290 balers get an extended bale chamber, lengthened by 20 per cent, matching that of the high-density machine at 3.6 metres. In addition, the chamber now features a full width top plate, which both combine to produce better shaped bales with higher weights, according to the manufacturer.
The baler’s Variable Fill System has also been reworked, to offer greater durability and easier operation. Comprising the same number of packer arms (four) and feeder rake (one), the tripping mechanism that forces the crop into the chamber has changed. Rather than a mechanical system, an electronic brake now holds the feeder rake back, governed by a sensor measuring the angle of the packers, forcing the material into the bale chamber. In doing so, the operator has a greater understanding of the load in the pre-compression chamber, allowing the baler to be driven at optimal speeds while altering wad thickness according to conditions, the manufacturer says.
A new knotter cleaning system has also been introduced, which is said to keep much of the rest of the baler clean. PowerClean is run via the baler’s onboard hydraulic circuit and features two large diameter turbines which keep the knotters in positive pressure, restricting debris from entering the knotter housing. Air flow is directed towards the baler chamber before exiting down the side of the bale chamber.
String boxes are now integrated into the side panels with sealed doors, which can accommodate 15kg twine spools and feature hydraulic raising and lowering of the boxes. Knife options now include a 26-blade cassette, in addition to the 51-blade version.
Panels have been reworked, while the colour scheme of the firm’s latest machinery sees the inclusion of grey accents, in addition to the traditional green and beige.
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