Increased productivity, greater efficiency and improved operator comfort, Vermeer unveiled the industry’s first self-propelled round baler at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska Sept. 13.
The prototype ZR5 incorporates Vermeer’s proven round baler technology, coupled to a Cummins-powered power unit featuring hydrostatic transmission. The machine has zero-turn technology, similar to that of a zero turn lawnmower. Mark Core, executive vice president of Vermeer, said the prototype’s speed and maneuverability is a dramatic leap forward in productivity.
“Operators can spend less time turning in the field and more time baling. The zero-radius turning can eliminate skipping a windrow to make the turn, or swinging out wide to get into the next windrow,” added Josh Vrieze, Vermeer product manager. “And, when it’s time to head to the next field, zero-radius turning can be disengaged.”
Improved ride quality means faster machine operation, Vrieze added. “If you think about all those bumps over the course of the day or multiple days, ride quality can really impact the operator. In the ZR5, operators experience a smoother, more comfortable ride with the cab uniquely positioned over the suspension.”