Cropping

New equipment options for CLAAS balers

By Rodney Woods

CLAAS will introduce a number of new equipment options, including an integrated bale weighing system, and a high-end LED lighting and a ‘pull-out’ knife drawer, for its Quadrant 5300, 5200 and 4200 big square balers.

CLAAS Harvest Centre Echuca dealer principal Brendan Caffery said the bale weighing function should appeal to all farmers and contractors.

“Weighing takes place during the baling process, so there’s no delay in the baling operation,” he said.

“Individual bale weights — accurate to plus or minus 5kg even at speeds of up to 20km/h — are displayed on the Isobus control terminal in the cab.

“Bale weights can then be saved according to the job or paddock for later processing or invoicing.

“Operators using the CLAAS Telematics remote monitoring system can also use this data to plot crop yield and bale moisture across the field.”

Mr Caffery said the new LED lighting system would ensure user-friendly operation and maintenance when working at night.

“It comprises seven high-quality lights fitted to key components of the baler, including the drawbar, flywheel, feed rake and bale chamber,” he said.

Quadrant 4200 can also be specified with the pull-out knife drawer already found on the larger 5300 and 5200 models.

“Being able to pull out the knife drawer dramatically reduces the time required for a complete knife change from one hour to just 15 minutes,” Mr Caffery said.

“This time saving will be a real boon for contractors, not to mention making it much  easier to maintain and replace the knives, resulting in better forage quality and throughput.”

The new features will be available on all 2019-delivery machines.

For more information, phone CLAAS Harvest Centre Echuca on 5480 1855.