1990 - Volume #14, Issue #3, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Eject On the Go Round Baler
You never have to stop with the new RP1211C baler developed by Vicon Manufacturing. Inc. It starts to form a new bale in a secondary chamber while the previous bale is wrapped in netting and ejected.
"It makes 4 by 5-ft. soft core bales weighing up to 1,200 lbs. It'll make as many as 40 bales per hour compared to 25 bales for the average single-tie baler, more than a 60% increase," says Lyle Switzer, Vicon North American product manager. "It's easier on the tractor because you never have to stop to tie or eject a bale and it also reduces operator fatigue."
The new baler is already in it's third year of testing. Vicon has 15 prototypes in North America and 15 in Europe. The baler is expected to sell for about $23,000 in the U.S.
Bales get wrapped in a new-style plastic netting that overlaps the ends of bales by about 2 in., protecting the edges of the bale. "Twine can't be used on a continuous baler because the tying process takes too long," says Switzer, noting that netting also sheds water better than twine. "Our special-made netting costs more than twine but no more than standard netting."
The new baler has the same rear chamber as Vicon's 1200 series baler models and is equipped with the same style of electronics as used on their top-of-the-line electronic-controlled baler. When the bale reaches a preset size and density, net wrap is fed around the bale and a canvas curtain - con-trolled by a hydraulic cylinder - drops down to block the inlet to the bale chamber. The bale is wrapped 1 3/4 times by netting before the rear doors open hydraulically to eject it. While that's happening, incoming hay is pushed against the retaining canvas by an up-front rotary feeder. Once the rear door is closed, the canvas is automatically released by the retraction of a hydraulic cylinder and the contained hay starts a new bale. The canvas is rewound by a hydraulic motor, ready for the next bale. The entire process of wrapping the bale, ejecting it, and starting a new one takes just 9 sec.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vicon Mfg. Inc., P.O. Box 1240, 131 Sheldon Drive, Cambridge, Canada N1R 6C9 (ph 519 622-2800).
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