RACINE, Wis. - Already prized for their ability to produce dense,
uniform, round hay bales in the toughest conditions, the Case IH
line of round balers has been upgraded and improved for 2008.
"We've engineered several significant design changes to make
our new RB 4 Series round balers even stronger and more durable," says
Steve Smith, Case IH marketing manager for hay tools.
In 2008, five Case IH RB 4 Series round baler models will be available:
- 4' tall by 4' wide bales
- 4' tall by 5' wide bales
- 4' tall by 6' wide bales
- 5' tall by 5' wide bales
- 5' tall by 6' wide bales
Improvements to the balers include stronger
pickup tines. "The
tines now are manufactured using a shotpeened process, doubling
their durability," says Smith. "And the hitch has been
upgraded to a one-piece, welded design that is considerably stronger."
Case IH engineers also modified the bale forming rolls. "We've
replaced two dimpled rolls with two formed-ribbed rolls, which
are heavier steel, for longer life and greater durability. These
formed-ribbed rolls also improve the core formation of the bale
in tough conditions," Smith adds.
In addition, the mesh wrap system has been simplified. "We
eliminated one roll, to improve mesh feeding," Smith continues. "We've
also improved the mesh wrap duckbill. It now has opposing sawteeth
to help the mesh spread faster."
Some productivity features of the Case IH round balers haven't
changed. "We still deliver mesh wrap from the front of the
baler," he explains. "So there's a shorter distance from
the mesh wrap roll until it's on the bale. The other benefit is
that it gives operators visual confirmation. You can see the mesh
wrap in the cabinet, and see that it's going onto the bale."
Also remaining is the proven combination of rolls in the front
and belts in the back of Case IH RB 4 Series round balers. "The
rolls and belts work together to produce the heavy, solid, square-shouldered
bales that Case IH balers are known for," says Smith.
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