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Fodder contractor Craig Hage says the Krone Ultima CF155XC – the world’s first non-stop round baler – has increased his baling speed from 40 bales an hour to more than 80.BAROSSA Valley-based fodder contractor Craig Hage has invested in Australia’s first non-stop round baler, the Krone Ultima CF155XC.
The machine was imported in September by Regari Contracting and has doubled its production from 40 round bales of silage an hour to more than 80.
The German-built baler keeps collecting the crop while the finished bale is being net wrapped and transferred to the plastic wrapper.
The pre-compression chamber enables high density bales of between 700 kilograms and 800kg to be produced, and the semi-variable bale chamber can produce 1.25 metre to 1.5m diameter bales.
When the bale is finished the two belts which make up the pre-compression chamber stop to allow net to be applied to the bale.
While these belts are stopped they move apart to expand the pre-compression chamber so that the incoming crop can still be collected until the finished bale is ejected and the bale chamber is empty. The collected fodder forms the core of the next bale.
Mr Hage said the Ultima was auto greasing and had improved operator comfort with the tractor not stopping and starting all the time, but the biggest advantage was improved labour efficiency.
“The biggest things for us is there is not enough time in the day to do things and finding good labour.”
“Last year we had four balers but (this year) we have three balers running doing a similar amount of work.”
There is also less heavy lifting with the hydraulic net roll lifter.
This removes the need for the operator to lift a full roll of net onto the top of the machine every time a new one is required.
The 16 film roll holders are also positioned at the same height as the film dispensers, reducing operator fatigue.
Mr Hage says it has not been a big silage year with the dry spring, but he has already made about 2000 bales with the machine.
“In the next five years we will see a lot more of these about,” he said.
“The biggest problem with round bale silage is it takes 30-40 seconds to make a bale but then you are sitting about for 15-20 seconds waiting for it to wrap and opening and closing the tailgate to produce it, whereas with this we can keep going.”
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
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