New Holland introduces new version of flagship baler

New Holland Agriculture has introduced the new BigBaler 1290 Plus, the latest generation of its reputed flagship baler. The new model builds on the brand’s leadership in the large square baler market, which dates back to 1987 – close to 30 years of pioneering innovations and industry firsts leading to one-of-a-kind features that set it apart from competition.

Simon Nichol, Head of Hay & Forage and Crop Production Product Management, said: “The new BigBaler 1290 Plus bristles with unique, best-in-class features that deliver the ultimate baling performance in all crops. Hay and forage operations, straw contractors, large scale arable farmers and biomass businesses will appreciate the higher, even more consistent bale density and the productivity of the highest capacity New Holland baler ever. High capacity combined with high bale density means fewer bales per acre, less time to collect the bales, and fewer bales to transport – all of which translates into lower costs per bale. The new BigBaler 1290Plus is designed and built for reliability and durability, and the easy serviceability means it will spend even more time in the field delivering its top-notch performance.”

Consistently best-in-class bale quality with up to 10% higher density

The new BigBaler 1290 Plus features a 80 cm longer baler chamber over the prior model which delivers up to 10% higher density in perfectly formed bales for stacking and transport, maintaining this high bale quality through the day. The increase in density is dependent on field condition and means more crop per bale, raising the customer’s productivity.

The BigBaler’s double knot system is designed to guarantee high bale density with lower knotting strain, reducing the risk of twine snapping even in hot conditions, further increasing productivity.

Smart baling with best-in-class features raises capacity and bale quality to new heights

The new BigBaler 1290 Plus delivers the ultimate baling experience with a host of unique features, such as the IntelliCruise technology that automatically regulates tractor ground speed to maximize baling capacity and uniform bale density, or the best-in-class SmartFill feed flow indicators that tell the operator in real time which direction they should drive over the swath for even bale formation. The productivity-boosting features also include the MaxiSweep pick-up design that tackles high tonnage windrows with common components – tine bars and reel bearings – from the self-propelled  forage harvester pick up. The plunger stroke rate per minute and the in-line crop flow guaranteed by the uniform width of the feeding, processing and pre-compression elements combine to make it the highest capacity New Holland baler ever. In addition, the BigBaler is fully ISOBUS compatible for single screen technology. With the best-in-class IntelliView IV monitor in the tractor cab, operators have at-a-glance intuitive fingertip control of all key operating parameters when baling at top speed.

Improved durability and reliability

A host of improvements to the BigBaler 1290 Plus raise the bar on durability and reliability. For example, the diameter of the packer shaft has been increased from 5.8 cm  to 7.6 cm; the bigger drive chain, now 3.2 cm, handles with ease the high loads of PackerCutter models; and the slip clutch has been reinforced.

In CropCutter models, the new high quality chrome pins are more wear resistant against sand and dust, and extend the chain life  significantly. Each knife is spring protected to avoid breakage from foreign objects and optional hard-faced knives are available for greater durability.

Furthermore, a heavy duty rotor is available for extreme abrasive conditions – this prevents premature rotor wear in such harsh conditions and allows 4 times longer rotor lifetime.
In the pre-compression chamber, a shear bolt on the stuffer mechanism protects the stuffer from damage in case of obstruction or overload. In addition, the crop holding fingers have been reinforced and ensure perfect flake formation with 7 fingers.

The knotting system and bale ejection have been revised to make it easy to set and control bale length, and the reliable design of the bale length tooth sector ensures a long lifetime. The passive teeth system has been replaced with an active teeth system on Full Bale-EjectTM– before the bale ejection moves backwards, all teeth are first pushed in the bale to maximize best performance and full grip in all conditions. An improved knotter cleaning performance reduces crop accumulation in the knotter area.

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