Award-winning Kuhn BP 3135 Bale Pack arrives

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Kuhn is aiming to make silage operations quicker and cheaper with its new BP 3135 Bale Pack baler-wrapper combination machine.

 

Kuhn BP 3135 Bale Pack


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Benefits such as lighter rolls, reduced film usage and tighter seals helped the FBP 3135 Bale Pack take home the Machine of the Year 2018 award in the Forage Harvesting category at last year’s Agritechnica expo.

"Following carefully mowing, tedding and raking, silage needs to be secured for storage – and to prevent loss of nutritional value, the bale needs to be sealed as soon as possible," Kuhn product manager Michael Murer says.

"Traditionally, silo production required more than one machine, as well as multiple operators – but this system creates a true one-man operation via its bale-and-wrap technology."

Murer says the the FBP 3135 Bale Pack – which is designed to work on steep slopes and in all crop conditions – has a film binding system with two film reels, as opposed to one big mantle film roll.

"This binds the cylindrical side of the bale, and offers several advantages compared to other film binding systems – not least the ability to use standard sized rolls – eliminating the need to order separate binding and wrapping film of different sizes," he says.

"Furthermore, the film roll change is easier, as the rolls weigh only 27kg, rather than 40kg."

The two reels guarantee a secure binding start, regardless of rain or terrain, Murer says, and the two strands of film ensure the binding material is effectively applied, without the need to feed extra material into the chamber.

The Kuhn system pre-stretches the film prior to application, which is said to reduce usage by up to 30 per cent.

In addition, roll loading has been made quicker and easier through the use of a mechanism which hydraulically folds the film reels into their loading/unloading position.

"Switching between film and net binding is quick and simple, as the two systems are separate, making it easy to switch from one system to the other for different crops without changing the film and net rolls on the machine," Murer says.

"This saves time, while also offering greater flexibility when working across several fields with different requirements."

The Kuhn FBP 3135 Bale Pack also uses ‘3D wrapping technology’ to wrap the film tightly around the bales, making them solid with straight and sharp edges.

"These perfectly sealed bales maintain their shape better, while improving protection levels compared to conventionally wrapped bales – even after long periods of storage," Murer says.

Kuhn will soon be taking the new machinery on tour around parts of Australia, starting with demos in Victoria and New South Wales.

 

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