Better balers from Case

The West Australian
Case's new RB5 series baler.
Camera IconCase's new RB5 series baler. Credit: The West Australian

Case IH has unveiled a new generation of hay balers with the Australian release of the RB5 Series round baler.

Redesigned for the toughest crops and conditions, the RB5 Series features a superior bale shape and density.

With modern best-in-class styling, the RB455 and RB465 offer advanced features compared with their RB-4 Series predecessors.

Geoff Rendell, Case IH product manager for hay and harvest, said the variable chamber round balers were the result of three years rigorous worldwide field testing.

"We're thrilled to present Australian producers with a new level of baling technology and performance," Mr Rendell said.

"We tested the balers worldwide in a variety of conditions, and found that the RB5 Series has an increased capacity of up to 20 per cent and a bale density improvement of up to 5 per cent over the previous RB4 series.

"That's no surprise, since the RB5 Series pick-up is made for greater capacity and durability. It combines cutting-edge components, including a new overshot rotor pickup, perfect for more aggressive feeding."

The RB455 and RB465 produce bales of up to 1.5m and 1.8m in diameter respectively.

Both models feature a new dual-cylinder hydraulic density system.

"The two cylinders have 2000psi, providing more force than a single cylinder at 2600psi - increasing bale density," Mr Rendell said.

The enhanced five-bar pick-up reels feature bigger, stronger components.

"By boosting the number of pick-up reel bars from four to five, farmers get more consistent feeding, a more efficient movement of crop from the pick-up to the feeder, and more tynes to get all of the crop picked - especially short crops."

There is also a new 2m-wide overshot rotor pick-up for more aggressive feeding.

"This eliminates crop hesitation, resulting in a more consistent crop mat fed into the bale chamber, giving an even bale formation.

Plus, the in-line augers handle heavy, thick windrows, dramatically reducing the chance of plugging."

Case IH has repositioned the baler augers so the crop is fed into the centre line, increasing capacity.

Since the pick-up guards are the same height, there is a better transfer of the crop from the augers to the rotor.

Other features include:

·A new enhanced net wrap system, with easy tractor hook-up.

·New optional twine wrap system for greater accuracy.

·More durable endless-bale chamber belts.

·New in-cab controlled drop floor for rotor unplugging.

·Rubber-mounted tynes for optimal performance.

·New endless belt with a true spliceless design.

·A choice of rotor feed and rotor cut configurations.

·Enhanced electrical systems.

Both the RB455 and RB465 balers feature a new ISOBUS electrical system, granting greater control.

They come standard with the AFS Pro 300 touchscreen, offering better graphics and easier navigation.

Or you can use the new baler with an existing virtual terminal on any ISOBUS-equipped tractor.

There is also a new CAN-based electrical system, with an H-Bridge used to control power to the electric motors.

The solid-state design is more durable than the mechanical relays used previously.

Drawing on more than 170 years of heritage and experience in the agriculture industry, Case IH provides a powerful range of tractors, combines and balers supported by a global network of highly professional dealers dedicated to providing our customers with the superior support required to be productive in the 21st century.

Visit www.caseih.com .

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