Not all agricultural balers are created the same – and for farmers hoping to improve the productivity and profitability of their silage operations, a new baler-wrapper combination machine promises to transform the market.
The FBP 3135 Bale Pack is the latest innovation from leading farm machinery manufacturer KUHN. KUHN’s product manager Michael Murer explains the process:“Following carefully mowing, tedding and raking, silage needs to be secured for storage – and to prevent loss of nutritional value, the bale needs to be sealed as soon as possible. Traditionally, silo production required more than one machine, as well as multiple operators – but this system creates a true one-man operation via its bale-and-wrap technology.”
Having recently been awarded Machine of the Year 2018 in the Forage Harvesting category at Agritechnica 2017, the FBP 3135 Bale Pack has been designed to meet the specific challenges facing farmers as they contend with factors like adverse weather conditions, as well as increasing labour and production costs. With only a short harvest window and little time to make the highest quality silage, farmers need a machine which is fast, reliable and versatile, and where quality is the first priority.
Being capable of working on even the steepest slopes and in all crop conditions, the FBP 3135 Bale Pack has a film binding system with two film reels, as opposed to one big mantle film roll. “This binds the cylindrical side of the bale, and offers several advantages compared to other film binding systems – not least the ability to use standard sized rolls (25 μm, 1500 m, 750 mm), eliminating the need to order separate binding and wrapping film of different sizes. Furthermore, the film roll change is easier, as the rolls weigh only 27 kg, rather than 40 kg,” adds Mr Murer.
The two reels guarantee a secure binding start, regardless of rain or terrain – and the two strands of film ensure the binding material is effectively applied, without the necessity to feed extra material into the chamber.