Case IH updates large square baler range

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Case IH LB434 XL large square baler Case IH LB434 XL large square baler

Case IH has released new large square balers specifically designed for the toughest crops and most challenging conditions Australia has to offer.

Based off the Case IH LB434 units, the new balers are designated LB434 XL and will have two models; the LB434S XL (Standard) and LB434R XL (Rotor Cut).

The new models retain current features of the LB434 model while introducing new features aimed at increasing efficiency and economy.

These include an 80cm (31 percent) longer bale chamber, wider panel widths to reduce material accumulation behind twine boxes, upgraded platform and hand railings, and a new active bale eject system.

They retain 48 plunger strokes per minute, wide pick-ups and six double-tie knotters.

"It all adds up to a unit perfectly designed for large-scale hay and forage operations with a lot of ground to cover and a short time to do it," Case IH hay and harvest product manager Tim Slater says.

Case claims that by lengthening the bale chamber, bale density has increased by up to 10 per cent over previous models, with a more stable bale density in various operating conditions, and better bale shape.

In addition, the longer bale chamber also means bales exit the bale chute closer to the ground for a gentler drop, minimising the risk of twine breakages.

"Greater density means more crop per bale, decreasing bale count as well as reduced handling, wrapping and transportation costs — helping producers economically reach new markets," Slater says.

The structure of the LB434 XL series has also been strengthened to allow for added weight to the rear from the extended bale chamber. The plunger has also been upgraded to deal with the greater loads from the increased density.

The width of the new models has increased to 2.8m over the outside of the panels, excluding the wheels, and the overall width including wheels and pick-up wheels remains under 3m.

According to Slater, safety was an imperative in the design of the new LB434 XL balers.

"Continual safety upgrades also remain a priority for Case IH and these new LB434 XL large square balers reflect that," he says.

"Folding handrails have been redesigned to allow for more comfortable and safer access to the whole service area, and the new railings project further to the front of the machine to offer safer access to this area."

The Case IH LB434 XL series is available now.

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