Last year New Holland introduced the first model in its new Roll-Belt round baler series, the 560, which makes a 5-foot x 6-foot bale. This year, 40 years after beginning production of round balers, the brand launched three new smaller models to round out that family, which replaces the former BR7000 Series.
“Now we’re introducing the Roll-Belt 450 (4×5), 460 (4×6) and 550 (5×5), completing the Roll-Belt family of round balers for season 2015,” says NH’s crop packaging marketing manager, Curt Hoffman. “(They) have a new appearance with the shielding (panels) blending into that family appearance first set with our big balers, in terms of the round styling, and also the large, single, flip-up style shielding to be able to give excellent serviceability to our customers.”
Aside from adding more models, the brand has built a few new features into them. All of which give these balers as much as a 20 per cent bump in capacity over the BR7000s, according to marketing reps. And you get choices when it comes to spec’ing out your own machine.
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“The Roll-Belt balers enable operations to specify the baler that suits their needs,” says Bob Hatz, head of hay and forage product management.
There are three new pickup and feeder options available: the ActiveSweep, SuperFeed and CropCutter, all of which offer updated engineering for 2015. A four-bar pickup, which is standard on the ActiveSweep, gets beefier tine bars and centre shaft, along with a 23 per cent increase in overall diameter. The other two versions get a five-bar pickup as standard equipment. You can opt for a five bar pickup on the ActiveSweep as an option, too.
“The product line has a SuperSweep four-bar pickup on the lower end that’s proven and been out there a long time,” explains Hoffman. “Then we have a new ActiveSweep pickup, which you saw on the Roll Belt 560 that was launched last year. It’s a rotary feeder that picks the crop up and moves the crop across the top of itself rather than underneath. It replaces our ExtraSweep pickup. Then we have something called SuperFeed.”
“If you look inside the (SuperFeed) baler it has a rotary feeding mechanism with single lobes that pulls the crop off the pickup reel. The CropCutter has a dual lobe rotor much like the SuperFeed that pulls crop in off the pickup reel, cuts it across stationary knives and puts it in the chamber. The big deal with the rotor is it’s 18 inches in diametre now. So it’s much larger than it’s been in the past.”
If you’ve hit a thick windrow too hard and plugged the intake on one of these new Roll-Belt models, you won’t spend the next 40 minutes on your knees digging out the slug by hand. Instead, the new DropFloor feature lets you increase the intake space leading into the bale chamber right from the cab, suck in the slug, then reset it before continuing on.
“We have a new feature called a DropFloor,” says Hoffman. “It’s new to us. That allows me from the convenience and safety of the cab to unplug the baler, push the plug into the bale chamber and bale it. Just pull the floor back up and you’re off and running.”
To form bales, the Roll-Belt models use new self-cleaning, seven-inch, seamless rubber belts. The company claims these belts are more stable and less likely to twist when the material flow into the bale chamber is uneven.
The slip clutch on the PTO shaft is a new design, using a ratchet style mechanism that cuts out to prevent system damage rather than the multi-plate slip clutch NH has used on its baler families for several generations. The net wrap feeding system also gets an update.
“The net wrapper and twin wrapper are brand new,” says Hoffman. “We simplified them. The loading rod not only comes out it also comes down, so it’s easier to slide the net roll on the tube. It sits only about a foot away from the spreader rolls and the mechanism, which is awesome. Because if you’re ever going to have a misfeed, it comes when the net comes off the roll and it’s loose. By having only about three linear feet of loose net in there, it makes that wrapper much more reliable. Its the shortest net travel path in the industry.”
The Roll-Belt balers are all ISOBUS compatible, so they will simply plug into a tractor and work with any virtual terminal, but they have improved features when paired with a New Holland IntelliView III or IV monitor. If your tractor isn’t equipped with a virtual terminal, you’ll need to buy one of two dedicated monitors, the Bale Command II or Bale Command Plus II, to run the baler.