Designed and developed at sister company Kverneland Group’s baler competence centre in Ravenna, Italy, Kubota’s FB1000 non-stop fixed chamber round baler wrapper combination uses two bale chambers arranged in series.

Operating as a pre-chamber, the front half of the machine produces two-thirds of the bale. As the pre-chamber reaches its pre-set density, crop flow is diverted into the main bale chamber allowing baling to continue non-stop. The pre-chamber is then opened, moving the pre-formed bale into the main chamber, where it can be taken up to its maximum size of 1.25m.

Once bale formation is complete, crop flow is switched back to the pre-chamber without stopping, allowing round baling to continue as a non-stop process. Net is then applied to the completed bale in the main chamber. After which, the tailgate is opened and the finished bale is transferred onto the wrapper.

Mounting the wrapper frame on a parallel linkage enables the wrapper to be lowered from its working position to collect the completed bale as it rolls from the main chamber.

With the bale collected, the wrapper is raised to allow twin satellite arms to rotate around the bale. With the required number of film layers applied and the satellite arms in their parked position, the wrapper frame is lowered to allow the rear wrapper roller to be raised, gently releasing the wrapped bale onto the ground.

An ISObus compatible machine, the FB1000 is operated through an IsoMatch Tellus PRO terminal, offering fully automatic control of the baling and wrapping processes, along with manual over-ride functions to suit changes in field topography.

Up front, the FB1000 is equipped with a 2.0m grass pickup, and overall baler length is kept short for transport by folding the wrapping table vertically behind the main bale chamber.

Operators can choose from a combination of 6, 12, 13 or 25 knives through the Super Cut crop chopping system. Knives benefit from spring-loaded protection, and the FB1000 includes a drop floor mechanism. The FB1000 costs £140,247.

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