McHale belts up the baling operation
V660 given approval in Wexford
Irish manufacturer McHale launched its new V660 variable-chamber belt baler onto the world market at last year's Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare.
With a fixed-chamber baler and combination baler-wrapper already well established in the market, the Mayo-based firm had its sights set on the lucrative continental marketplace, where the belt baler is an enormous seller.
While fixed-chamber balers are king here in Ireland, that didn't stop one Co Wexford man from sticking his neck out to see what the new V660 baler was made of.
John Howlin of Courtnacuddy, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, replaced his McHale F550 fixed-chamber baler for this year's season with one of these new variable machines from McHale. Now, after a full season of silage, hay and straw under its belts, Farming Independent caught up with John to see how he got on.
Why opt for a belt baler?
"I put nearly 70,000 bales on my McHale F550 with no problems, so I was being ambitious [buying the V660] to see how it worked," said John. "Not that I knew anything about it, but I took a chance anyway."
Coming to an end of his first season, how has he got on?
"I have put nearly 9,000 bales on the V660 so far this year with no hassle. We had a sharp stone or something punch a hole through one of the belts but McHale were great. They organised a replacement baler with the local McHale dealer, Kehoe Bros in Camolin, while two McHale service men brought a belt with them and changed it. They are brilliant for service; you can get McHale's James Heanue on the phone anytime day or night," he added.