McHale readies V8 baler range

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McHale’s new V8 series of balers will produce round bales that are wider and more even than ever, its manufacturer says.

McHale readies V8 baler range
McHale's V8 baler range will be able to make bales of up to 1.9m in diameter


Irish hay baler manufacturer McHale has introduced its largest ever variable chamber baler range – able to produce round bales up to 1.9m in diameter.

The McHale B8940 non-chopper baler and the McHale V8950 15-knife chopper baler will be introduced to the Australian market for June, 2021, local distributor PFG Australia has confirmed.

Both models produce dense bales of between 0.6-1.9m in diameter – up 30 per cent more than McHale’s V6 baler range, which produces bales up to 1.68m wide.

PFG brought two new V6 models to Australia earlier this year. Check out the story here

McHale marketing and sales director Martin McHale says the new balers are fitted with heavy-duty components that ensure the machine can handle some of the toughest crops and ground conditions.

"Our new V8940 & V8950 have brought baling to a new level with higher density, increased bale size, better intake and easier maintenance," he says.

The balers come with either a five-tine bar cam track pick-up or the option of a six-tine bar cam-less pick-up with a double crop roller – but both have larger lateral feed augers and a wider rotor, both to improve crop intake.

The adaptive intake has been designed to adjust to changes in crop flow, with the floor angled to better encourage crop flow and to adjust to better handle uneven rows – reducing the risk of blockages occurring.

A 15-knife chopper unit is available on the McHale V8950 as standard – giving it a theoretical chop length of about 65mm with all 15 knives engaged.

An optional selectable knife system is also available, consisting of two knife banks that allow for various knife configurations to be chosen to allow 0, 7, 8, or 15 knives to work. 

Both baler models also allow the operator to hydraulically lower the floor from the tractor cab when blockages occur, widening the feed channel to allow it to be fed through.

They also come fitted with three heavy-duty endless belts, designed with synthetic material to ensure they can absorb and apply high pressure to the material in the bale chamber.

All McHale V8940 machines are fitted with a primary drive to aid belt and material rotation while a secondary drive is fitted on the V8950 to ensure material rotates if the primary drive slips.

Manual greasing blocks are available as standard on both models, though an automatic greasing system is available as an option on the V8950 – delivering a measured amount of grease every time a bale is ejected.

The netting system has a moving roller, allowing the roll of net to rotate 180 degrees as it is applied, and the operator can adjust net tension, the amount of revolutions of net and the size and density of the bales from the new expert plus control console.

On top of this, a new bale shape indicator detects bale formation in the chamber and tells the operator which side of the chamber to fill in order to get the best bale shape.        

Finally, a heavy-duty telescoping channel type bale kicker ensures a clean separation between the machine and the netted high-density bale on both balers, with a discharge sensor informing the driver when a bale has left the chamber.

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