Silage baler a first for Massey Ferguson

The new Massey Ferguson RB Series silage baler is engineered for durability, reliability, and high throughput, according to AGCO.

It’s the first silage-specific baler ever offered by Massey Ferguson, says Matt LeCroy, tactical marketing manager for hay and forage at AGCO. He says the RB Series is a tough, heavy-duty choice for producers who bale corn stover. It’s also ideal for small dairy operations and small to mid-sized cow-calf operations that bale high-moisture forages.

AGCO debuted the new baler last month at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.

In this video, LeCroy says the baler delivers the throughput and reliability required for making bales from heavy, high-moisture crops and dry, course material such as corn stover or wheat straw. The cam-less pickup needs no cam track, so there are fewer moving parts, which makes the pickup quieter, less sensitive to wear and more reliable. It also means less maintenance and fewer adjustments.

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LeCroy also highlights a number of other features:

  • The compact pickup is positioned close to the rotor, ensuring smooth, consistent crop flow into the bale chamber; well-shaped uniform bales; and increased baling output.
  • The variable-chamber baler features the Constant Pressure System (CPS), which increases pressure as the surface of the bale grows. This maintains consistent density through the entire baling process.
  • Four continuous belts, made of multiple layers of rubber and synthetic material, add tensile strength for a firm grip on the crop and significant pressure on the bale. The belts are manufactured with substantial overlap rather than joined with a seam, for less potential for belt breakage and downtime.
  • The bale chamber has two rollers above the feed system and large CPS springs help the belts flex, allowing a quick start but ensuring that plenty of pressure is put on the crop right from the beginning as the core of the bale is formed.

The RB Series is equipped with the HydroFlex Control two-stage anti-plugging protection system to minimize downtime. The automatic mechanical floor can flex downward underneath the rotor so that a rock or crop bunch can pass through. In addition, the hydraulically controlled floor can be lowered by the operator from the cab, to clear crop from the chamber before a plug occurs.

The RB series silage balers also feature the Xtracut 17 with two sets of hydraulically operated knife banks giving operators the option of not chopping or having eight, nine or 17 knives engaged, allowing for smaller cuts and adjustable cutting lengths up to 2.65 inches.

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