Many improvements for Large Square Baler
The improved Case IH LB434 XL
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 retain the features and adaptability of the current LB434 units, while introducing a range of new attributes to get the job done more efficiently, and is available to producers in two models: the LB434S XL (Standard) and LB434R XL (Rotor Cut).
The new balers feature an 80cm longer bale chamber (31 percent), 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.
“It all adds up to a unit perfectly designed for large-scale hay and forage operations with a lot of ground to cover and a short time to do it,” said Tim Slater, Case IH Product Manager for Hay and Harvest.
In lengthening the bale chamber, bale density has increased by up to 10 percent over 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,” said Tim.
Structurally, the LB434 XL Series has been strengthened to accommodate the additional weight to the rear of the extended bale chamber, and the plunger has been upgraded to handle the higher anticipated loads from the increased density.
“Continual safety upgrades also remain a priority for Case IH and these new LB434 XL Large Square Balers reflect that,” Tim said. “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.”
“Once again, Case IH is responding to customer needs, with these new balers 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,” Tim said.