Efficiency and ruggedness—they are two main features that farmers look for in equipment. The case is no different for biomass-handling equipment. It is not surprising, then, that the redesigned Freeman Self-Propelled Baler drew attention last winter at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.            

Powered by a 115-hp, 4.5L, turbocharged John Deere engine, the side feed baler can travel at speeds of up to 17 mph. The engine’s computer incorporates fuel-saving features.

The redesigned baler can process as many as 50 to 60 3x4x8-ft. bales per hour, depending on field conditions. Its six bars feature 156 teeth placed at 2.5-in.centers. Other features include an environmentally friendly tailless knotter that leaves the field clean of string trimmings, and an on-the-go moisture sensor.

This self-propelled baler was originally built by Gary Kelderman, Kelderman Manufacturing, Oskaloosa, Iowa. He formed an agreement with Allied Systems Company, Portland, Ore., to manufacture it as part of Allied’s Freeman baler line of hay-baling and hay-handling equipment.

For more information, visit alliedsystems.com.