There has been feverish activity in the world of harvesting, with an emphasis on baler output, while manufacturer’s smaller combines have received upgrades. Alex Heath reports.
John Deere is now offering its Machine Sync technology, which enables machines to exchange data on the move and allows combine operators to guide a tractor and trailer alongside the harvester, for use on self-propelled forage harvesters and tractors.
This global navigation satellite system-(GNNS) based synchronisation allows combines to automatically control the speed and travel direction of tractors and trailers relative to the combine. Machine Sync therefore makes harvesting safer and reduces stress for the operators. It also avoids waste during unloading and damage to both machines and crops.
The technology is not just applicable to combine harvesters but also to all harvesting processes where crops are continuously loaded into trailers.
In particular, customers working with trailed elevator machinery harvesting potatoes, carrots and vegetables could benefit from this technology.
For operation, Machine Sync requires JDLink telematics, a StarFire satellite receiver and a Gen4 Premium display with automation activation. Most customers would select all these components ex-factory when ordering a new tractor and/or self-propelled machine, although retrofitting is also possible.
New Holland’s CH7.70 combines blends the manufacturer’s twin rotor and conventional harvesting systems into one package sitting in between its CX straw walker range and twin rotor CR range.
Boasting a 25 per cent higher throughput than conventional combines in this power segment, the new CH, which stands for crossover harvesting, is ideally placed for those users who are reaching the limits of harvesting capacity with its CX straw walker machines, mainly as a result of green straw, the manufacturer says.
Key to the new model is a 607mm diameter, 1,560mm wide heavy-duty threshing drum positioned in front of the two longitudinal rotors. With eight rasp bars and a new heavy duty hydraulic variator, drum speed can be matched to the crop and field conditions from the cab.
Crop then passes through a variable geometry concave with 85 to 121 degrees of wrap, before going through a four paddle beater, lifting it to the rotors. Twin rotors at 533mm in diameter are just 26mm smaller than the rotors used in the firm’s flagship CR10.90. At 3,450mm long, the rotors offer 2.9sq.m of separation area.
Cleaning is taken care of by the same cascade system used on the CX5 and 6 models. The fan automatically adapts its output depending on the gradient of the path being travelled; slowing when going uphill and speeding up when going downhill, with a speed range of 530 to 1,200rpm. Total cleaning area under wind control is 5.21sq.m.
A 9,300 litre grain tank features, which can be emptied in under 93 seconds thanks to an unloading speed of 100l/sec. Unloading augers up to 6.4m can be specced.
Claas has updated its range of Lexion straw walker combines. The Lexion 5000 Series is made up of three, five straw walker models, while the 6000 Series has four, six walker models.
Like the Lexion Hybrid line-up, the walker range has also grown and features some significant changes and updates, not least a completely new threshing system, along with more power, larger grain tanks and a redesigned cab. Power ratings range from 313hp to 507hp, with grain tank capacities from 9,000 to 13,500 litres.
Taking the Lexion walkers into new territory are the top two 6000 Series models, the 6800 (462hp) and 6900 (507hp). These are the most powerful straw walkers the firm has ever made, creating a greater overlap with the Hybrid models.
Adopted from the Lexion Hybrid models, a new feature on 5000/6000 walker models is the firm’s Jet Stream cleaning system. Depending on model, the six or eight turbine fan unit provides greater pre-cleaning. Sieve areas equate to 5.1sq.m on the 5000 and 6.2sq.m on the 6000.
Krone’s BigPack large square balers have had an overhaul and now enter their fifth generation with several changes designed to increase efficiency and bale density.
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, to 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, with an electronic brake now holding the feeder rake back, governed by a sensor measuring the angle of the packers. 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 knotter cleaning system has also been updated, with two hydraulically powered turbines keeping the knotters in positive pressure.
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.
Pottinger has added a raft of options for its Impress combi-balers.
On Pro versions, an inclination sensor can be added to automatically adjust the speed of the hydraulic functions of the wrapper to the terrain, helping to ensure bales are transferred safely.
In addition, the manufacturer now offers film on film bale binding. It says there is a three-fold improvement in protection of the forage due to the increased number of layers and silage bales also benefit from additional compression.
To protect the film and to make it easier to change between net and film or vice versa, an additional sliding roller is installed in front of the roll holder. The roll holder is designed to accommodate rolls of binding material up to 1420 mm wide with a diameter of up to 310 mm.
The balers are still able to bound with net if required, taking a short time to change over, the manufacturer says.
First unveiled at Agritechnica 2019, the Fendt Ideal 10 not only features an increase in power over the previous largest model, but also a novel joystick steering method, that the manufacturer has announced will be available on the whole of Ideal range.
With an increase of 143hp over the Ideal 9, the Ideal 10 has 790hp, developed from a 16.2-litre MAN engine.
In addition, a larger version of the Dual Helix separator is used and a new cleaning system offers 15 per cent more capacity. The Cyclone Cleaning System sees grain drop down to the top sieve through a pair of curved double-drop steps. Due to the curved shape, the laws of physics see the heavy grains gather in the lower section while the lighter parts accumulate above. The curved steps provide a wider air outlet, increasing the air volume.
Massey Ferguson continues to expand its green harvest offering with the MF TW 160, its new trailed round bale wrapper model. This model joins MF TW 130, introduced in September 2018but has been developed for more demanding work, able to handle bales up to 1,250kg.
The loading arm that can be adjusted to accommodate bales between 900mm and 1,600mm in diameter.
It comes with a width adjustable active bale discharge system that lifts the table to catch the bale and lower it to the ground, reducing film damage. During the process a foot stand lowers to transfer the bale weight to the ground reducing stress on the tractor’s hitch.
In addition to this, an optional baler tipper is available to prevent the bales from rolling in hilly conditions, improving safety and reducing the time taken by loading/unloading by up to 15 per cent, says the manufacturer.
The pre-stretching device is designed to work with 500mm or 750mm rolls and can be set at 55 or 70 per cent stretch for tighter wrapping and reduced film consumption.
A new model to McHale’s Fusion range sees additional equipment added. The Fusion 3 Pro includes the firm’s iTouch control console with seven-inch touch screen display, in cab net and density adjustment, a camera to show bale transfer and the start of the wrapping process, automatic drop floor reset and automatic knife drop feature.
As the Fusion 3 Pro is fitted with the iTouch Control Console, for people that want to monitor their baling process more, a moisture reading, bale weighing, and printer unit can be fitted to the machine.
This allows the operator to record bale weight, dry matter content and other machine settings such as chopped or non-chopped, number of layers of wrapping film being applied, time spent baling and number of bales produced.
If all three options are fitted, the operator can print the final receipt at the end of the field giving bale total, average bale weight and average bale moisture content to the customer.
Kuhn launched the VB 7100 variable chamber round baler series in 2020, with two models, the VB 7160 and the VB 7190 producing bales up to 1.6 and 1.85 metre diameters respectively.
Featuring the company’s i-DENSE twin tension arm system, VB 7100 balers are capable of bale densities of up to 140kg/cu.m. Bale pressure is adjusted automatically in response to moisture sensor data.
In addition, the manufacturer has integrated a bale weighing system into its FBP BalePack and VBP BalePack baler-wrapper combinations. The optional equipment is mounted on the wrapping table, with each bale weighed and a rolling average of the previous three bales provided, allowing an estimation of total production of forage or straw.
Vicon’s RV5200 Series of variable chamber round baler has been updated.
Designated Plus Series, the newly updated RV5216 and RV5220 models are available with a range of intake systems including SuperFeed rotor or 14 knife SuperCut crop chopping system, and produce maximum bale sizes of 1.65 and two metres respectively.
A redesigned roller crop press can lift higher in heavier crops, while the side support arms have also been strengthened and incorporate improved limit stops, while bearings are mounted inside the roller.
Up front, the 2.2m pick-up reel features twin-cam tracks and five tine bars, with tines now 10mm longer and stripper plates are wider.
In addition, the balers driveline has also been reinforced, with uprated chains, larger bearing and through shafts for the idler rollers.
Krone has filled a void in its portfolio with a stand alone bale wrapper. The EasyWrap 150 is a single arm round bale wrapper, which can be fitted to a three-point linkage, either front or rear or mounted, and can be used on a loader.
With a rotation speed of 36rpm, round bales from one to 1.5m in diameter and up to 1,600kg can be wrapped. Wrap is pre-stretched to 55 or 70 per cent.
Two large diameter rollers, one that is corrugated, rotate the bale. Rather than relying on a timer to dictate the amount of wrap applied, a sensor on the wrapper arm counts the revolutions.
A tipping function can leave the bales on the flat end. The bar that facilitates this is also used to trigger the automatic mode, from picking the bale up, wrapping it and dropping it done automatically.