According to Case IH, the new RB565 Premium HD round baler is designed for the “ultimate crop flexibility,” which means it’s capable of being used to put up wet silage bales as well as dry hay and straw.
“The RB565 Premium HD round baler is equipped with components to efficiently handle wet hay making in an all-purpose, multi-crop baler,” reads the company’s press release.
“More and more producers are baling wet hay due to shorter production windows and added feed value,” said Brian Spencer, Case IH hay and forage marketing manager, in that announcement. “To accommodate those customers wanting to produce baleage in a 5×6 bale, we added the proven, robust design of our four-foot silage baler to our five-foot baler with some additional features.”
The RB565 builds on the larger platform used in the RB5 series and includes its improved bale-ejection system. Aside from that, the 565 includes a number of enhancements to handle all those different haying options.
The cutout load on the clutch has been increased to allow it to handle higher torque loads. That means it also gets a larger main gearbox and heavier output shaft along with larger main drive chain and sprockets.
The dual chopping rolls in the tailgate and sledge areas are designed to prevent crop build up. The 565 is also available with a factory installed moisture sensor option to provide the operator with information about the crop condition. And the belts now get a three-year, 15,000-bale warranty.
To really add a level of sophistication, the balers can be equipped with a class 3 ISOBUS tractor and baler automation system. When paired with a Case IH Puma or Maxxum tractor equipped with a CVXDrive CVT or PowerDrive powershift transmissions, the system stops the tractor, wraps the bale and ejects it all without any operator input. Once the completed bale is ejected, the operator can simply move the tractor shuttle lever to the forward position and go again.
“When hay-making windows open, baler automation can help reduce bale cycle time, minimize operator stress and increase productivity, even with a less-experienced operator,” Spencer said.