WITH AGCO buying the grassland division of Lely in 2017, it was always a sure bet that Massey Ferguson would introduce a new round baler baler range, that took the best from the Welger stable, but also build on MF long history of such products.
The new RB Series that is resplendent in MF red, and interestingly is already available in Europe in Fendt Natural green does that with a range of variable chambered machines for the Australasian market, that MF suggests, also have several patented and unique changes that come from both camps, while still incorporating several familiar features that will be recognised by Welger cognoscente.
The range, featuring the choice of two balers, the RB 2160V and RB 2180V produce bales of 0.9 to 1.6 m and 0.9 to 1.8 metres diameter respectively.
The Xtracut versions of the same machines offer chopping units with options of 13, 17 or 25 knives.
The chopping unit sees a helically designed rotor push crop across the hydraulically controlled knives, which in the case of the 17 or 25 knife set-ups, can be used as single or double banks to adjust the chop length.
Overload protection is offered by the well-known Hydroflex Control, first seen in the Welger camp, which allows the lower part of the feed channel to drop and reduce the risk of blockages. In auto-mode this happens if small lumps are present, but in the case of a major blockage, the system can be lowered manually to get thing going again.
Ahead of the chopper unit a range of pick-up sixes, dependent on model, range from 2.00, through 2.25 to 2.4 metre working widths, with all-important tine to tine distances of 1.60, 1.86 or 2.2 metres respectively, with all sizes using cam-less, 5-bar layouts, said to allow higher speeds and quiet operation.
The driveline sees a Powersplit gearbox for optimum power distribution, while automated chain lubrication helps prolong chain life and reduce maintenance.
In the 1.23 wide bale chamber, 4 endless belts form the bale, while also utilising a patented sliding tailgate and two additional rollers to quickly form the core of the bale.
Mechanical tailgate latches work in conjunction with the Constant Pressure System, in practice two heavy-duty coils springs, to promote even density throughout the baling process, helping to deliver baling pressures of up to 180 bar.
Supplied as standard with the Varionet system, completed bales are net-wrapped, although twine binding can be specified as an optional extra.
Productive days are said to be encouraged by the RB’s Easy Loading System (ELS) and ability to carry up to three rolls of net at any one time, allowing quick changeover as required. Control is delivered by the E-Link Control system that offers a comprehensive view of all the machine functions, while an E-Link Pro version uses integrated ISOBUS technology to offer a larger, brighter screen, with a broader range of information that includes customer, farm and field information for future reference.
A range of tyre options means machine can be shod to suit all type of operating and topographic situations