Variable chamber round balers updated for 2018

KUHN Farm Machinery has updated its popular range of VB variable chamber round balers, with four new models now available in the UK.

The new VB range consists of four main models: the VB 3160 and VB 3165 (1.20 x 0.80 x 1.60m bales), and the VB 3190 and VB 3195 (1.20 x 0.80 x 1.85m) bales, all of which offer net or twine binding and are suitable for baling a range of wet and dry crops: from hay and straw (5-20% moisture), to haylage (18-35% moisture) and silage (35-80% moisture).

All models are equipped with progressive density baling chambers which use two chamber rollers, a starter roller and five endless baling belts to produce evenly shaped bales. Belt pressure increases as the bale grows, and can be adjusted from the tractor cab to compensate for variations in crop type quality and to maintain a constant density as the bale is formed.

The VB 3160 and VB 3190 are available with KUHN’s OPTIFLOW, OPTIFEED or OPTICUT 14 intake rotors. The VB 3165 and VB 3195 are available with KUHN’s OPTIFEED, OPTICUT 14 or OPTICUT 23 intake rotors.

OPTIFLOW: uses a 2.10m pick-up and non-restricted, open throat intake rotor for handling heavy crops. A top roller pre-compacts the intake feed enabling higher working rates.

OPTIFEED: uses a 2.30m pick-up and patented integral rotor and side augers to achieve a high input capacity from a reduced power requirement. The rotor tines are manufactured from Hardox® wear-resistant steel for improved longevity. KUHN’s DROPFLOOR and hydraulic rotor disengagement system enables blockages to be cleared quickly and effortlessly.

OPTICUT 14: uses a 2.30m pick-up and patented integral cutting rotor with 14 knives to provide a cutting length of 70mm. The cutting rotor is manufactured from Hardox® wear-resistant steel for improved longevity. KUHN’s DROPFLOOR and hydraulic rotor disengagement system enables blockages to be cleared quickly and effortlessly.

OPTICUT 23: uses a 2.30 m pick-up and patented integral cutting rotor with 23 knives to provide a cutting length of 45mm. The cutting rotor is manufactured from Hardox® wear-resistant steel for improved longevity. KUHN’s DROPFLOOR and hydraulic rotor disengagement system enables blockages to be cleared quickly and effortlessly.

Each variant within the new VB range is powered by a simple and sturdy drive system which uses just three main chains, each of which are designed to have a low maintenance requirement and can be fitted with automatic chain lubrication as an option.

All VB variants can be supplied with, and controlled by, KUHN’s new ISOBUS terminals, the 5.4 inch (14.3cm) CCI 50 and the 12.1 inch (30.5cm) CCI 1200, both of which can be used to control any ISOBUS-ready machine. The CCI 50 is a touchscreen terminal but also has 12 back-lit function keys, an auto-brightness sensor, and ports for video input, USB data transfer, GPS antenna input and biomass sensor input.

The CCI 1200 features a large touchscreen display which can be used either horizontally or vertically and is easy to view in direct sunlight. The unit’s flexible layout display can be configured to suit the individual operator’s preferences or machine’s requirements and features a split-screen function which enables the operator to view and control two machines in tandem. The option of displaying several mini-view windows also enables the operator to monitor multiple parameters at once.