Fendt has added new features to its range of large square balers, in preparation for the 2023 season.
Now, the large square balers include a new tandem axle with suspension, a more powerful Pick Up, easier machine maintenance systems, smart options, improved connectivity and bale quality monitoring.
New tandem axle with suspension
All 2023 model square balers with tandem axle will be equipped with a new suspension system and passive steering axle as standard, for improved machine manoeuvrability and decreased ground and turf damage.
All models will now also be equipped with larger tyres as standard, while keeping the outer width of the balers remains under 3m.
More powerful Pick Up
The Pick Up performance is increased on the new models, thanks to an additional row of tines – bringing the total to five rows. Plastic Pick Up bands are now standard too; reducing friction and ensuring a clean crop flow, thanks to the smooth surface of the plastic bands.
The polypropylene Pick Up bands’ increase the service life of the baler and reduces machine noise simultaneously too.
Durability and increased working comfort
The balers’ packer crankshaft bearings are now factory lubricated for life as standard. While the spring tension of the sensor flap in the pre-compression chamber can now be quickly and easily adjusted to the conditions by means of a lever.
For improved working comfort, the bale chute can be folded up from the tractor cab via the terminal to reduce downtimes in the field, especially with frequent field changes. The resilient retaining straps are quieter and lighter than the previous chains.
LED street, service and work lighting now come as standard.
Smart options for more working comfort
The electronics of the square balers have been comprehensively revised. This is accompanied by an update for the Bale Create user interface.
Additionally, all models measure the bale length precisely as standard; the intelligent electronic control monitors the bale length. The optional twine monitor records the amount of twine used and provides a warning when the twine spool is running low. For the XD models, twine monitoring is a standard feature.
The new electronics also enable the use of the Fendt Connect telemetry system and baling can be controlled through the use of Tractor Implement Management (TIM) system which is incorporated into the baler.
In conjunction with a TIM-capable tractor, the square baler controls the forward speed of the tractor according to the harvesting conditions and selected target parameters such as bale length, number of layers per bale, width of the individual layers or even bale weight – for uniformed bales.
The central telemetry system, AGCO Connect, enables location-independent fleet management and optimisation of machine operations. AGCO Connect can read machine data such as machine utilisation, bale length and weight, machine speed and working time, as well as service information. This data is then displayed in the associated app or web application.
BaleLink bale monitoring
BaleLink collects and processes the information of each individual square bale, such as the quality of the bale, its GPS position, the bale moisture, the number of layers per bale, and bale additives and dimensions.
To monitor the bales in such a way, a weather- and temperature-resistant twine with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip is woven into each bale during the baling process, within the third or fourth twine. The RFID chip assigns an identification number to each bale and the information about each individual bale is stored in a cloud memory. Based on this information, bales can be stored and traded according to their quality.
To read the data on the bale, the RFID chip is scanned. The BaleLink app displays the corresponding data via smartphone, PC or tablet. Users can also share access to this bale data with traders or other farmers. This creates transparency about the bale quality at the time of sale.
The new models of Fendt square balers can be ordered now, with delivery taking place in time for the 2023 season. BaleLink will not be available on models in Europe until 2024.