New Holland’s Big Baler Now on Cruise Control


For 2016, New Holland is introducing its IntelliCruise Feed Rate Control System for its big square baler models. The system will allow the baler to take control of tractor ground speed to optimize forage flow into the bale charger. All the operator must do is steer the tractor, much like cruise control in a car or truck.

“If you make a large investment in a tractor and baler, you want to get maximum efficiency all the time,” says Curt Hoffman, New Holland crop packaging marketing manager. “With the IntelliCruise system, you can get that even with inexperienced operators.”

Using the IntelliCruise system dramatically reduces operator fatigue because fewer operator interventions are needed in variable crop conditions. That should increase capacity and productivity by 9%. It also should lower fuel consumption, reducing operating costs.

In charge control mode, the tractor speed is adjusted to optimize material moving into the fill chamber. In areas of lighter swaths, ground speed is increased so that the flow of material into the charger chamber is increased. In heavier crop conditions, ground speed is slowed. This creates greater overall efficiency. Charge control mode is available on the BigBaler 340 CropCutter model.

In slice control mode, the tractor’s speed is adjusted so each slice of the bale and therefore each bale are nearly identical. This results in much more uniform bale length and number of slices per bale. Slice control mode is available on both the BigBaler 340 Standard and BigBaler 340 CropCutter models.
Note: IntelliCruise is controlled and operated through the ISOBUS III system. The BigBaler 340 Standard and CropCutter 340 models will be equipped with the systems; tractors powering the balers will also have to be ISOBUS III compatible.

New Holland is also introducing in-cab density control and variable core adjustment on several of its round baler models. “Core density can be set differently from the outside of the bale, which makes the bale easier to spear for transport, easier for cattle to tear into and also allows for better drying,” says Mark Lowery, dairy and livestock marketing specialist for New Holland.     
Having a less dense core will
allow the bale to “breathe” in high-moisture conditions, meaning faster drying and less chance of spoilage and heating. “The operator can change the bale density at will from the tractor cab, depending on crop conditions,” he says. And the
operator can determine the size of the core—all from the tractor seat.    
The in-cab density control comes as standard equipment on New Holland’s Roll-Belt 450 SuperFeed and CropCutter models and on all Roll-Belt 460 models. It comes as an
option on Roll-Belt 450 Dry Hay and Silage Special models, and the Roll-Belt 560 Dry Hay WPU, Bale-Slice and Specialty Crop models.     
Note: The balers also must be
ordered with Deluxe or ISOBUS wrap control in order to be compatible with in-cab density control.

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