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GE AND NUTRITION

Guide 20
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FORAGE AND NUTRITION
Guide 2017
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Customer demand for a film-binding system on a standalone
baler led to the development of a new, fully-automated, fixed
chamber baler, the F5600 Plus from McHale. This machine is
fitted with a servo-operated, load-sensing control valve, which
makes the baling process fully automatic. The machine is also
equipped with a 25-knife chopping unit and a film-binding
system which applies film to the barrel of the bale in the bale
chamber.
Once the bale is netted in the chamber, the tailgate on the
baler automatically opens, allowing the high density bale to
be ejected. Once the bale has passed over the bale kicker
the tailgate automatically closes, allowing the operator to
continue baling.
Selectable knives provide the operator with three options.
They can choose to engage and chop with a bank of 12
knives or a bank of 13 knives. If fine chopping is required,
the operator can choose to engage both knife banks, which
will give a 25-knife chopper system capable of delivering a
theoretical chop length of 46mm.
Expert Plus Control Box
The F5600 Plus is controlled with an Expert Plus Control
Box, which features a large graphic display; this allows the
operator to monitor the baling process graphically from the
control console. It also features:
automatic tailgate opening and closing;
in-cab net adjustment;
in-cab density adjustment;
knife display;
door position display;
drop floor control;
bale kicker sensor;
lube alarm; and
volume control.
The McHale F5600 Plus is a machine that can apply film
to the barrel of the bale instead of twine or net wrap. The
advantages of this system are:
The film, which is added to the barrel of the bale to keep the
bale together prior to the bale being wrapped, also forms
part of the wrapping process and adds value by placing more
plastic on the largest surface of the bale.
When film is applied to the barrel of the bale it can be
stretched to approximately 20 per cent. The stretch ratio is
higher than what can be achieved with net wrap or twine, and
as a result, the material is kept tighter, which ultimately results
in better bale shape.
As the film is being stretched, as it is being applied to the
barrel of the bale it expels more air than net wrap would and
results in better silage quality.
Chamber film makes recycling easier
As film is used to bind the bale in the bale chamber and to
wrap the bale, on feed out the farmer will be left with one
form of waste. This reduces the time needed to feed the
bale and avoids the unpleasant and time consuming job
of separating the twine or net wrap from the plastic before
the plastic is recycled. Overall, one form of waste results in
feeding time being reduced.
New, fully-automated baler from McHale