New variable chamber baler with film binding

  • The Fendt Rotana 160 V Combi baler-wrapper is now available with film binding and a variety of features which enable it to produce 30 more bales a day and save up to three metres of film per bale

The new model also features a quick-change system for film and net rolls as well as a ‘Speed’ tailgate function. Fendt’s Ed Dennett explains:

“Film binding is already available for the fixed-chamber, baler-wrapper combi machines. To offer variable chamber baler operators the same advantages, this technology has been transferred to variable chamber models of the Rotana.”

Using only film, the Rotana 160 V Combi reduces the air between the bale and the film. This reduces feed losses caused by mould formation and also protects the bale in freezing temperatures.

“Two gathering arms, and a shaft binding system specially developed for the variable presses, guide the binding material into the baler chamber. The shaft formation also protects the film from damage. An electro-magnetic brake controls the pre-stretching of the net or film according to the binder and its roll diameter,” says Mr Dennett.

Only one waste material is created with film binding and film is typically much less contaminated and, therefore, easier to recycle. Usage is also reduced compared to net and Fendt’s new film binding system can save up to three metres of film per bale.

The arrangement of the rolls on a magazine enables a quick change between film and net. This allows operators to quickly switch from silage to hay or straw bales and there is a choice between Eco Load and Comfort Load systems.

“Machines with Eco Load have a simple loading chute that requires a little more muscle power. With Comfort Load, the operator places the roll in a padded carriage, lifts it and guides it up to the quick-change system. A further benefit is that rolls can be loaded from the ground,” says Mr Dennett.

An intelligent lever system makes it possible to switch between the three ready-to-tie rollers in a few simple steps. In addition, the easy operation and padded contact surfaces prevent damage to the net or film.

The new model benefits from a faster ‘Speed’ tailgate capable of baling up to thirty more bales per day than the previous Rotana. Folding, self-steering, pick-up wheels can also be specified on all Fendt Rotana Xtra and Combi machines. To make reversing the baler easier the pick-up wheels can be locked with a pin, an addition that will help operators baling on steep slopes.

For those looking to maximise forage quality, Fendt’s automated dry mass control will be a useful feature. Operators can select how much dry matter a bale should contain before the baling process. Two synchronously operating sensors in the bale chamber record the moisture and mass of the bales. From this, the software calculates the dry matter content during the baling process.

Related news:

Non-stop fixed chamber, baler wrapper combination introduced