Vermeer Introduces New Pro-Style Silage Baling

September 22, 2009 07:00 PM

PELLA, Iowa—Last year's joint acquisition of Welger (with the Lely Group) is already starting to pay dividends at Vermeer. The Pella, Iowa, company recently introduced a new 4'x4' baler—its first fixed-chamber design—to maximize crop throughput and improve reliability and performance in high-moisture forage.

The new patented 404 Pro Baler produces high-density 4x4 round packages weighing 1,900 to 2,300 lb. (highest in its class) and comes with a long list of innovative features based on Welger's highly acclaimed European design.

Efficient heavy-duty drive system

An exclusive powersplit transmission, with shared-drive gearbox and integrated transversal shafts, divides power equally between the rotor and bale chamber to lower hp requirements. Seamless powergrip steel rollers feature high-strength 2"-diameter shafts and heavy-duty ribbed tubing to grip the bales for maximum compression and positive rotation under all kinds of operating conditions. Large sprockets and roller-fitted bearings ensure precise sprocket alignment and minimize chain wear; HD double roller chain powers the pickup rotor drive. And to increase protection and extend bearing life, special baffles are mounted at the end of the rollers to prevent potential damage from buildup near the bearings.

Exclusive In-Feed technology

To manage the heavier high-moisture loads, the rugged, wide 404 Pro pickup assembly (73") has no tool adjustable 16x6.50 gauge wheel on each side, providing precise height control.

There's also no need to reverse the drive system if excess buildup happens to plug the system. The 404 Pro comes with Hydroflex Control, which enables the flexible, suspended feed channel floor to move up and down slightly to allow heavy or uneven swaths to pass through. It also makes it easy to access blades when changing or adjusting cutting knife configurations. Even if a plug does occur, the Hydroflex Control feed floor opens up to allow it to enter the bale chamber and avoid crop loss.

To increase bale density and improve silage quality and digestibility, extra long knives reach deep into the ring zone of the pick-up rotor to help improve the cut of the chopper. Three different cutting knife patterns are available—the full 17-blade configuration or 9- and 8-knife arrangements to extend operating time between knife sharpenings.

Gull-wing door panels (and on top) open in seconds for routine maintenance work. Four grease banks are conveniently located for easy service.

Additional features: Mechanical tailgate locks for strong reliable frame/tailgate security, even on extreme hillsides; a reliable, side-load netwrap system that handles standard and over-the-edge net; E-Link electronic control to monitor baling activity and to pre-select/adjust operating functions; a wide angle PTO for 80º turns; spring-loaded, bale ramp, SMV sign and highway lights.

For more information on Vermeer Agricultural equipment, log into the Vermeer Ag Web site at

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