Krone celebrate 40 years of round baler production

Krone is celebrating 40 years of round baler production with its standard range of Comprima round balers receiving a number of upgrades.

A modern fresh look has been achieved using a new design of cover and panel as well as a new robust lighting system, including LED work lights, for giving better visibility. Comprima balers are available as a single or tandem axle with a choice of brakes and tyres and all models are ISOBus compatible.

The Comprima Combi Wrappers now have a new design of bale turner encompassing a jockey wheel, which helps to protect the sward. The bale turner turns the round bale on to its flat end for easier handling and transport. For a more reliable operation mechanical switches have been replaced with ultrasonic ones, which indicate when the bale is safely on the wrapping table, allowing the twin satellite wrapper to start the wrapping cycle.

All Comprima models have the option of a peripheral film wrap instead of net wrap. This can increase silage quality as the film helps hold the bale in shape, eliminating air pockets, thus reducing mould and spoilage. Disposing of the crop packaging is easier too as only one recycling container is needed for film, as opposed to one for film and one for net.

New Comprima balers retain many of the recognised features that put this model ahead of the competition, including the EasyFlow – W camless pick-up, 2150mm working width (DIN) and five rows of tines. The staggered W arrangement of the tines mean a more uniform and even feed of crop into the baler, resulting in more uniform and dense bales.

The camless pick-up arrangement can rotate 30% quicker than cam pick-ups and contains around 66% fewer moving parts, resulting in less maintenance. The EasyFlow produces a clean sweep of crop from the ground, leaving little residue.

Of note is also the NovoGrip belt and slat system that produces well shaped and dense bales in all conditions from wet grass to dry straw. The metal slats ensure positive bale rotation in all crops, whilst the rubber belts guarantee quiet operation.

The Comprima range consists of seven models, including fixed (F), semi variable (F) and variable (V) chambers, with or without wrappers (CF / CV). Chamber diameters are available from 1.25m to 2.05m and there is a choice of feeder rotor or 17 or 26 knife cutting units (XC).

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