Designed for larger livestock farms and contractors, the new RB HD Pro is designed to produce higher density bales in a wide range of crops, from wet silage to dry straw.

Topping the company’s variable chamber round baler range, there are two models: the RB456HD Pro (1.2m-wide bales from 90cm to 1.65m in diameter) and RB466HD Pro (1.2m wide but from 90cm up to 1.9m in diameter). Each size comes with three rotor options: a feeding rotor, 13 cutter knives or 25 cutter knives, making six models in all.

Fitted with heavy duty components and fewer moving parts, main features include a completely re-designed the bale chamber and belt path, strengthened and enlarged the rolls, shafts and tailgate. The more powerful gearbox and driveline is said to increase the numbers of bales per hour (bale size, wraps and density pressure can all be set up on same screen page in the cab).

“In some places we have simplified things to help reliability and maintenance, for example reducing the number of driveline chains and sledge rolls,” comments Michal Jankowski, Case IH product marketing manager.

Able to handle up to 30tph, the new balers are designed to manage everything from straw and hay to haylage and silage at different cut lengths, thanks to new no-slip dual drive rolls and a wide range of knife sets selectable from the cab. An extra-wide diameter rotor helps prevent blockages while a new active drop floor means any that do get through can be cleared quickly.

The new balers will be available for the spring season 2023.