Vicon is to strengthen its position in the baler market with a new range of variable chamber round balers that deliver a huge step forward in terms of reliability and output.
Badged RV5200 series, the new models comprise the RV5216 and RV5220, which replace the previous generation RV4216 and RV4220 balers.
Capable of producing bales with diameters of up to 1.65m and 2.0m respectively, the RV5216 and RV5220 are equipped with five endless belts and use a closed chamber system that affords immediate bale starting.
Key changes found on this latest generation of variable chamber balers is the development of an all-new net wrap system, plus a new software package for easier selection of bale density.
Called PowerBind, Vicon’s latest net system uses fewer components and eliminates the need for feed-in rollers. This latest system has been engineered to avoid interference from external factors such as wind and crop.
“Net is fed directly into the bale chamber using the PowerBind arm, which maintains net tension at all times and delivers accurate and repeatable accuracy with consistent net injection,” explains Mike Howell, product manager for Vicon grass equipment.
When the bale is 90 per cent complete, the PowerBind arm moves forward, in preparation to inject net. This functionality adds to reliability and productivity, simply by eliminating time the bale might need to pick up the net.
As a result, PowerBind provides one of the fastest net wrap processes available, which means less time spent tying and more time spent baling. PowerBind also offers an extremely low loading height – to replace an empty roll, simply swing out its retaining shaft and install a new roll of net.
Redesigned roll storage now puts both spare net rolls adjacent to the Powerbind system, making roll swaps easy and convenient.
Intelligent Density 3D is the latest software package for in-cab control of bale density. It affords three pre-configured bale densities accessed from the control box menu, with each tailored for straw, hay or silage. This makes any change-over from different crop types much easier and reduces the risk of error.
“Intelligent Density 3D makes it easy to choose between the three most common and popular settings for bale density without having to spend too much time on fine-tuning and adjusting for different crops, which can often be something many operators tend to forget,” he says. “By putting more thought and intelligence into controlling the bale density, we have made operating Vicon balers much easier.”
“But it is still possible to customise bale density in each of the three separate zones, allowing a choice of diameter, pressure and net quantity to match specific requirements.”