AGCO has introduced a classification system for square balers and is inviting other baler manufacturers to use the standards.
Similar to the classification system for combines based on their capacity, the eight baler classes are defined by plunger weight, which, according to the company, is the most measurable factor impacting density.
“Bale density is a key consideration when customers purchase a square baler, because it affects the amount of material in the finished bale; bale weight; stacking, storage and transportation, as well as the productivity and efficiency of the baling process,” says Shaun Allred, marketing manager for hay and forage at AGCO.
The categories will make it easier to determine which balers are best suited for the type of bales that are needed, ranging from low density balers for easy-to-carry bales for feeding horses to heavy-packing balers that require loading equipment but are more efficient for transporting biomass, he notes.
The company, which sells balers under the Massey Hesston brand, is offering the standardized system to the industry to be used in a similar way to the classification system for combines.
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