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Balers are ready for a challenge Case IH has unveiled its new series of large square balers to the Australian market, designed for the toughest crop types in the most challenging of conditions. The Case IH LB434 XL series retains the features and adaptability of the current LB434 units, while introducing a range of new attributes to get the job done more efficiently. Available in two models, the LB434S XL standard and LB434R XL rotor cut, the new balers feature an 80cm longer bale chamber, wider panel widths to reduce material accumulation behind twine boxes, upgraded platform and hand railings, and new active bale eject system, while retaining 48 plunger strokes per minute, wide pick-ups and six double-tie knotters. Case IH hay and harvest product manager Tim Slater said the unit was perfectly designed for large-scale hay and forage operations with a lot of ground to cover. In lengthening the bale chamber, bale density has increased by up to 10 per cent from previous models with a more stable bale density in various operating conditions, and better bale shape.

The longer bale chamber also means bales exit the bale chute closer to the ground for a more gentle drop, minimising the risk of twine breakages. “Greater density means more crop per bale, decreasing bale count as well as reduced handling, wrapping and transportation costs, helping producers economically reach new markets,” Mr Slater said. Structurally, the LB434 XL series has been strengthened to accommodate the additional weight to the rear from the extended bale chamber, and the plunger has been upgraded to handle the higher anticipated loads from the increased density.

“Folding handrails have been redesigned to allow for more comfortable and safer access to the whole service area, and the new railings project further to the front of the machine to offer safer access to this area.” The new models also feature an active bale ejection system with full and partial bale eject, which replaces the previous passive system. In the new model, when the bale eject is operated the 10 bale eject

teeth are driven into the bale, ensuring all teeth are fully engaged to drive the bale out of the chamber. “These new balers are not only generating heavier bales with a greater density, but also providing the technology producers require to more efficiently harvest each crop at its peak nutritional value,” Mr Slater said. The Case IG LB434 XL series will be on display at this year’s Elmore Field Days at Site 771.

A new range of large square balers has been released by Case IH and will be on display at Elmore.

The increased space between the side frame and the twine boxes helps to reduce crop accumulation and provides more space on the maintenance platform. “Continual safety upgrades also remain a priority for Case IH and these new LB434 XL large square balers reflect that,” Mr Slater said.

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