All of the new machines are heavily based on the previous Lely machines — Fendt’s parent AGCO bought Lely’s forage equipment business last year — but incorporate a number of significant changes, including new-style body panels and a new name — Rotana.
The fixed-chamber Rotana 130 F and 130 F Xtra will eventually replace the current 2125 F and 2125 F Profi models, and produce a 1.23 x 1.25m bale; pick-up width is 2.25m. When compared with the outgoing machines, the new models boast a free-wheel sprocket that gives better protection of the driveline in the event of a blockage, and there’s also now a split driveline in that two chains come off the main drive roller rather than just the one. Each of these chains drives every other roller, so that there’s a 20% reduction in the pressure applied and, as a result, a longer component life expectancy. The balers are now ISObus-compatible.
As for the combi baler wrappers, the new-style Fendt models are tagged the fixed-chamber Rotana 130 F Combi and variable-chamber Rotana 160 V Combi. The 130 F Combi uses the already mentioned 130 F baler, while the variable-chamber 160 V Combi gets the 4160 V baler element, unlike the previous Fendt variable-chamber combination that relied on the old Lely baler and was effectively no more than a rebadged Lely Tornado. These new combinations gain all the design pluses of the latest generation balers, along with more efficient bale transfer on to the wrapper, which itself benefits from extra guide rollers for claimed smoother operation.
On the subject of wrappers, Fendt plans to debut its own stand-alone machine. The trailed Rollector 130, in reality, is the old 130 P Lely model but now rebadged and decked out in Fendt green.