The new variable chamber models, the BV5160 and BV5200, produce bales with diameters of up to 1.65m and 2.0m, respectively. Using a drop floor mechanism suspended on a parallelogram linkage, the shorter unblocking times result from the improved clearance at the front of the baler - the area most at risk of blockage. The new models use five endless belts, while a closed chamber system affords immediate bale starting.
One of the more innovative silage products to now appear in orange is the FlexiWrap baler-wrapper combination. Based on a BV5160 mounted on a twin axle chassis with a twin-satellite wrapper, during operation, the wrapping table moves up to the rear of the baler to collect the bale, allowing baling to continue while the wrapper gets to work. When wrapping is completed, the table tilts rearwards for a low unloading height.
All Kubota round balers, including the new fixed chamber BF3255 (1.20m x 1.25m bales), are equipped with the PowerBind tying system. Claimed to provide one of the fastest net wrap processes available, it eliminates the need for feed-in rollers.
The plan was to bring the new models to Grassland & Muck in May, which has been cancelled. The disruption to the UK show scene caused by the corona virus outbreak means it could be some time before the new balers receive their first public airing.