New Holland launches High Density baler

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The new high density square baler introduced by New Holland is built for maximum efficiency and productivity, the company says.

New Holland launches High Density baler
The New Holland Big Baler 1290 High Density has a heavy duty frame and a new gearbox mounting design, placing it higher to ensure its durability.


New Holland says its new BigBaler 1290 High Density produces bales of up to 22 per cent higher density than conventional models, making transport and bale handling more efficient.

Behind this is the model’s 4.05m bale chamber, the longest in its segment, while its rotor speed is higher and its plunger force can reach as much as 58 per cent more than BigBaler 1290 Plus models.

Check out this story from 2014 about New Holland's Round Baler range.

But the company’s product manager for fodder conservation in Australia , Sune Nielsen, adds some features will carry over from the earlier model, including its CropCutter cutting system and pre-compression chamber for high density baling.

"It is ideal for the professional baling contractor and large-scale farmer, who will enjoy the profitability benefits resulting from the higher productivity and lower Total Cost of Ownership," he says.

Among the new features boasted by the High Density baler are New Holland’s new 2.35m Maxi-Sweep pick-up, which helps feed in the crop at higher rates, and its SmartShift gearbox, which won a Silver Medal at German trade fair Agritechnica.

The SmartShift driveline has a two-speed powershift start-up process which automatically shifts from first to second gear when the baler is engaged at a tractor PTO speed of 850rpm, before accelerating to a maximum flywheel speed of 1440rpm at full tractor PTO speed.

New Holland says this is a smoother startup process which protects the tractor and baler drivelines while delivering a 79 per cent increase in torque.

The High Density baler’s hydraulic axles and hydraulic suspension ensure perfect weight distribution across the four wheels, while its 1.4m diameter tyres help reduce soil compaction.

The baler also has New Holland’s LoopMaster knotting technology that eliminates twine offcuts and increases tensile strength by introducing a loop-style second knot.

The new twine box fits 36 XL balls of twine, all of which can be connected simultaneously, and the box is designed to be compatible with future XXL balls of twine weighing up to 15kg.

With all these features, New Holland says the baler is the most efficient large square baler in its segment, with some dealers already voicing their approval.

Victorian distributor Rural Group dealer principal Chris Pettigrove says the baler will be easy to service and clean to operate, while Coote Motors dealer principal Barry Coote, based in Brookton, WA, says he is excited to see it on the market.

"We see this baler dominating the HD baler market by having so many new features that the hay industry will demand in the future," he says.

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