Krone recently launched several new products at the Ag Connect conference in Kansas City last week. Here is an update on the new products from the show.
Krone HighSpeed large square balers
The new Krone BiG Pack HighSpeed range of large square balers delivers up to 20% more throughput, an increase that has been made feasible by two major modifications: an increase in throughput capacity of the Variable Fill System (VFS) packer system and an increase in plunger strokes.
The BiG Pack VFS now has five tine bars versus six tine bars on previous models. This allows for more space for crop in the VFS resulting in an increase in throughput capacity of 18%. The system operates in five stages to feed the material into the pre-chamber where it is compressed before it is allowed to enter the baling chamber. When the pre-chamber is filled with material the new cam-controlled sensing rake is pushed out of the VFS chamber, a system that ensures that the machine produces uniform, dense bales, even when dealing with small and narrow swaths.
The second major modification is to the number of plunger strokes. On the BiG Pack 1270, 1290 and 1290 HDP, plunger strokes have been increased by 18% from 38 to 45 strokes per minute. This also contributes to the 20% more throughput of these balers.
Further upgrades involve a larger diameter knotter shaft, which increased in size by 15mm to 55mm, wear plates that are bolted onto the bottom of the bale chamber to reduce the cost of wear in this area, and the new color touchscreen monitor that gives the operator a full overview of machine functions.
EasyCollect 1053 corn head
The new Krone EasyCollect 1053 corn head is able to harvest 14 rows of crop at a 35 ft. work width and then fold into three layers for narrow transport. Its modular design leads to a reduction in the number of components and drive systems, thus reducing weight and power requirements.
The EasyCollect corn head feeds the crop to the middle of the machine without the crop ever changing direction. It presents the stems perpendicular to the chopping assembly, which results in good chopping quality. The EasyCollect 1053 is also equipped with tungsten carbide coated, self-sharpening knives.
All EasyCollect headers that operate on BiG X forage harvesters are equipped with the AutoScan system where an optical sensor adjusts the chop length automatically to the maturity of the crop. The photo-optical sensor is integrated in the corn head, where it compares the color of the leaves to determine the maturity of the crops (dark green = high moisture level, brown = low moisture level). Based on these scans, the electronic system then computes and sets the optimum chop length.
Split into three sections, the EasyCollect header “sandwiches” quickly into transport position at the touch of a button to give a low transport height and a narrow 11 ft. 9 in. transport width.
EasyFlow 380 pick-up head
Krone is releasing a new pick-up head for their BiG X forage harvester, the EasyFlow 380. The EasyFlow 380 still boasts the camless pick-up, but it has been updated with a new crop roller that has a revised contour and a repositioned deflector plate which improve the crop flow. Offering an adjustable clearance for the crop roller, the pick-up now adjusts better to varying swath widths. The wearing plates in the crop flow area are now made of stainless steel and hardox.
The new EasyFlow 380 pick-up head for the BiG X is available in a 12 ft. 5 in. working width.
For more information on these three products, visit http://www.krone-northamerica.com/