McHale unveil F5600 fixed chamber baler
Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30
As a direct result of customer demand for a film binding system on a standalone baler, McHale has developed a new fully automatic fixed chamber baler, the F5600 Plus.
The McHale F5600 Plus is fitted with a servo operated load sensing control valve, which makes the baling process fully automatic. The machine is also equipped with a 25 knife chopping unit and a film binding system which applies film to the barrel of the bale in the bale chamber.
Film on film technology refers to the application of film to the barrel of the bale in the bale chamber. The film binds the bale together which eliminates the need for string or net wrap. The film that binds the bale together forms a wrap layer and gives better film or plastic coverage on the largest surface of the bale. Once the bale is ejected from the baler it can be wrapped with a bale wrapper.
By using a film binding process, the film is better distributed across the bale than with a net and film system. And the material used to bind the bale as it is ejected from the baler is forming a wrapping layer.
The McHale F5600 Plus is a machine which can apply plastic to the barrel of the bale instead of twine or net wrap. The advantages of the system are numerous and include:
The plastic which is added to the barrel of the bale to keep the bale together prior to the bale being wrapped also forms part of the wrapping process and adds value by placing more plastic on the largest surface of the bale.
When plastic is applied to the barrel of the bale it can be stretched to approximately 20pc. The stretch ratio is higher than what can be achieved with net wrap or twine and as a result the material is kept tighter, which ultimately results in better bale shape.
As the plastic is being stretched as it is being applied to the barrel of the bale it expels more air than net wrap would and as a consequence results in better silage quality.
As plastic is used to both bind the bale in the bale chamber and to wrap the bale, on feed out the farmer will be left with one form of waste. This reduces the time needed to feed the bale and avoids the unpleasant and time consuming job of separating the twine or net wrap from the plastic before the plastic is recycled.
McHale sales manager James Heanue said: "The system gives contractors a way to offer a new concept and differentiate themselves from their competition by providing a product which can deliver better silage quality."