By Katie Humphreys and Ben Potter
Claas Unveils New Round Balers
New products from Claas for 2017 include six balers. The Variant 400 Series features an updated net wrapping system for tighter bales and a steel plate guide that slides out of the way when not in use. These balers feature “dust gap” design to prevent dust and debris from accumulating in the wrapping compartment. Other enhancements include an improved monitor layout and moisture sensor. Models include the 460FR (48" and 60" bales), 480FR (48" and 68" bales), 360 Roto Cut, 380 Roto Cut and 465RC.
The Rollant 620 fixed chamber baler brings a modern design, a better pickup on the front end of the wrapping system and it kicks out bales quicker. A feed rotor forces crop into the bale chamber for easy bale starting. The reinforced chamber frame helps handle extra bale density.
For additional information, visit www.claas.com.
Midsize Engine Expands Can-Am Defender Lineup
The new Defender HD5 side-by-side vehicle from Can-Am expands the Defender platform with a 427-cc Rotax single-cylinder engine that produces 38 hp. The CVT is equipped with engine braking, drive belt protection and a work-ready low range. The Defender HD5 has a 10.5" ground clearance and a selectable two- and four-wheel-drive Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential. A tow capacity of 1,500 lb. and a payload capacity of 1,200 lb. pairs with a cargo box that can handle 600 lb. At 10.6 gal., it features the industry’s largest fuel tank.
The functional cab includes cab pillars pushed forward, an open-dash configuration, a truck-inspired Versa-Pro bench seat that holds up to three adults and flips up for extra space and an industry-exclusive water-resistant toolbox. For more information, visit www.can-am.brp.com/off-road/defender.
New Holland Acquires Danish Implement Manufacturer
New Holland Agriculture is expanding its implement lineup with the acquisition of the grass and soil business of Kongskilde Industries, part of the Danish farmer co-op Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab. Specifically, this business develops, manufactures and sells tillage, hay and forage implements under various brand names.
New Holland’s history of hay implements started in 1940 with the introduction of the first self-tying automatic pickup baler for U.S. farmers. Since then, officials say the company is committed to developing a full line of hay equipment. The Kongskilde acquisition will further play into those goals, according to Carlo Lambro, brand president of New Holland Agriculture.
“The acquisition of the tillage and hay and forage activities of Kongskilde adds a key product range that will further broaden New Holland Agriculture’s product offering within the agricultural machinery sector,” he says. “In the meantime, the Kongskilde dealer and importer network will remain the reference point for their customers. This agreement will provide growth opportunities and create a strong platform to develop the Kongskilde business and its brands, and we will also gradually integrate their products in the New Holland portfolio.”
The acquisition includes two plants in Europe, located in Poland and Sweden, along with other facilities in EMEA, APAC and NAFTA regions. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and regulatory approvals.