Baler, Farm Machinery, Round

Case IH RB6 baler proving a premium product

Case IH’s latest baler has been designed with heavy users in mind, building on the manufacturer’s existing range and adding further strength and durability

First launched to the Australian public at last year’s AgQuip, Case IH’s RB6 HD Pro Series round baler is by every measure a premium product.

It took everything the manufacturer had learned from its “well proven” RB5 Series and beefed it up – offering larger bale sizes and more durable components.

This is music to the ears of both contractors and owner-operators with high bale counts, allowing them to get the job done quicker and with reduced risk of downtime.

Case IH’s baler product specialist Ross Aylwin says the RB5 Series baler is a good product that is well proven in the marketplace.

“The RB6 Series is that next level, improving the capacity slightly while maintaining bale density but moreover improving baler durability,” he says.

“All the wearing components that are typical of a baler are effectively beefed up and more durable components means less in-season maintenance.

“It is obviously a premium machine, and you are getting 20 per cent more metal in the baler too, compared to the RB5, in areas such as heavier drivelines, double drive rollers and heavier structure in the way it’s built.”

Case IH’s baler product specialist Ross Aylwin. Image: Case IH

The RB6 Series is available in two models – the RB456 and RB466.

These variable chamber round balers produce bales of up to 165cm and 190cm respectively, both of which are larger than the equivalent sizes the RB5 models can produce.

Both the RB456 and RB466 are available as a rotor feed or 25-knife rotor cut version.

Basing the new balers on existing Case IH models naturally gives the manufacturer an ideal head start, while “countless hours” of testing across regions including Australia and New Zealand has further helped refine the RB6 Series.

The first area of improvement is in the heavier driveline Aylwin mentions.

A heavy-duty T type gearbox delivers power to both sides of the baler, reducing complexity and transmitting power more evenly to help with balance and smooth operation.

The four belts used are only deflected 10 times as they rotate through the machine, Aylwin says, which helps to reduce belt stress and increase their overall life. A new active drop floor automatically moves to allow heavy crop flow to pass and avoid plugging.

This feature can also be monitored, so the operator can be alerted if excessive floor movement is detected.

“Running a large diameter rotor feeding system with the active drop floor basically allows the operator to push the capacity of the feeding system and get some indicative throughput of the machine,” Aylwin says.

“The operator can see when the machine is close to being overloaded before it actually becomes overloaded.

“They are able to run it at maximum capacity with a reduced risk of overloading the machine.”

A new belt path and roller configuration has been designed to create a compact core-forming chamber, ensuring tight bale core formation is achieved quickly.

Another refinement from the RB5 Series is the five-bar pick-up.

A change to the pick-up mount increases the forward angle to allow for an even smoother crop flow as it transitions between the pick-up and the rotor.

RB6 users also have the need for only two sets of hydraulic remotes on the tractor due to a new hydraulic valve bank on the baler with hydraulic function selections chosen through the display.

Its display also has a new user interface delivering sharp graphics with a clear layout and easy-to-use set-up menus.

The baler can be configured to operate with ISOBUS Class 3-compatible tractors to control several tractor and baler functions without any operator input.

Moisture sensors and an automatic greasing system can be added should operators wish, while LED lighting under the side shields allows for easier maintenance and inspection during night work.

The machine’s overall weight is about a tonne heavier than the RB5 Series.

Its strength, durability and build quality will help to make it a good long-term investment, Aylwin believes, saying they will hold resale value while also being suited to all baling needs.

“It might be a bigger capacity machine than some owner-operators need, but they see the value in the resale,” he says.

“When the machine is five years old, it’s going to be in better condition with a higher retail value than what they may have had before.”

“It’s also carrying over a lot of the great features that we’ve had and learned from in the past with the RB5 Series like our heavy-duty belts and simplistic driveline.

“We’ve refined the design over many decades of operation in the field and this is the result of all the improvements we’ve made in ongoing research and development.”

The RB6 baler is available through Case IH’s national dealer network.

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