Forage machine of the year was awarded to the Kuhn FBP 3135 bale pack at Agritechnica, Hanover

Baler of the year

Kuhn win Agritechnica forage machine of year

A BALE and wrapper combination has impressed judges at the worlds leading agricultural technology exhibition. 

Awarded machine of the year at Agritechnica 2017, the Kuhn FBP 3135 bale pack promises to improve the productivity and profitability of silage growers.

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.

Kuhn, product manager, Michael Murer said the the bale pack combination reduced the need for multiple machines and operators.

“To prevent loss of nutritional value, the bale needs to be sealed as soon as possible,” he said.

“Traditionally, silage production required more than one machine, as well as multiple operators.

“But this system creates a true one man operation through its bale and wrap technology.”

Mr Murer said the 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,” he said. 

“Not least the ability to use standard sized rolls, eliminating the need to order separate binding and wrapping film of different sizes.

Mr Murer said the two reel system guaranteed a secure binding start as well as reducing film usage by up to 30 per cent. 

The FBP 3135 bale pack can also be used with conventional net binding.

“Switching between film and net binding is quick and simple,” Mr Murer said. 

“The two systems are separate.

“Making it easy to switch from one system to the other for different crops without changing the film and net rolls on the machine.

“This saves time, while also offering greater flexibility when working across several fields with different requirements.”

Mr Murer said the bale pack used three dimensional wrapping technology to ensure good bale shape.

“These perfectly sealed bales maintain their shape better, while improving protection levels compared to conventionally wrapped bales,” he said.

“Even after long periods of storage.

“In addition, the system’s Intelliwrap operation also offers greater wrapping options.

 “Giving a user the ability to choose to wrap odd rather than just even numbers of film layers.

“To better suit varying crop conditions and storage periods.”

Mr Murer said the Kuhn combination baler wrapper offered advantages over traditional machines in terms of maintenance .

“With these machines, there is no real maintenance required,” he said.

“They’re incredibly easy to run and maintain, and really the only regular task is sharpening the knives and basic maintenance of the chain and grease nipples.”

Mr Murer said the Kuhn FBP 3135 bale pack heralds the beginning of a new chapter in silage production potential.

“High quality silage is the future,” he said.

“This machine offers the opportunity to achieve exactly that.”

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