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Plastic Netting For Big Bales
Claas of Germany chose the Sima show in Paris to unveil its new plastic netting for wrapping big round bales. Called the Rollatex system, it reduces the bale tying operation to only 10 seconds, thereby increasing capacity of the baler by 50%. Bales are wrapped in the netting and, on ejection, are pushed well away from the baler by a special "kicker" device.
The netting requires only 1 1/2 turns and only 10 seconds of down time, versus up to 12 turns with twine and upwards of 40 to 60 seconds of down time. If you're turning out 200 bales per day with your conventional twine-tie baler, you can do 300 bales with the Rollatex system because of the short stop required for tying, the manufacturer points out.
New Claas balers equipped with the Rollatex wrapping system will also have mechanical twine wrapping as standard equipment, allowing owners to tie bales with either twine or netting. Existing twine-tie balers can't be retrofitted for wrapping with plastic netting, which costs about three times as much per bale than twine.
Claas of America, headquartered in Columbus, Ind., it getting two of the net-wrapping balers this month and will be field testing them this coming summer and fall, according to R.H. "Bob" Brown, product specialist.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3