German solution to aged-old round baler defect
The Krone Ultima is the German firm's solution to the age-old problem associated with the round baler and baling.
That is, you have to stop to tie or net the bale, open the tailgate and eject it, before continuing on down the swath of hay, silage or straw to make the next bale.
There is an awful lot of time lost in this stop-start process of producing round bales.
Over the years there has been more than one attempt by manufacturers at producing a non-stop baler that works.
The biggest problem is what to do or where to put crop while the bale is being netted and then ejected.
The Krone solution to this problem is borrowed from big square baler design and has been developed to accommodate the longer tying and ejection process of the round baler.
In a square baler, a plunger travels backwards and forwards in a chamber, compressing wads of material as they enter the chamber.
A pre-chamber stores and accumulates this material while the plunger is on its compression stroke and then it is loaded into the chamber when the plunger returns, allowing the baler to proceed unabated.