Entry-level models new to VariPack range

KRONE VARIPAK RI Farm

VariPack Plus is a new Krone development that sets a new standard for bale density and throughput in the high-performance and professional round baler sector. The line-up comprises of four models – the VariPack V 165, V 165 XC, VariPack V 190 and V 190 XC.

These feature many heavy-duty components that are sourced from the high-capacity machines, enabling them to cope with heavy bales and maximum throughputs in straw and hay. Simple by design, the machines appeal not only to contractors but also to individual, smaller farms.

Bale diameters range from 80cm to 1.65m on the VariPack V 165 and from 80cm to 1.90m on the VariPack V 190 XC. Both models also have a cutting system as an option. The bales are formed by four endless belts, the pressure of which and the target bale diameter are set on the cab-based terminal. Three soft core setting options allow operators to quickly and easily adjust the density and bale size to individual needs.

Another key feature is the rear door which opens and closes extremely fast, in less than five seconds. A steering indicator is very useful for achieving consistent chamber fills, allowing even inexperienced operators to produce well shaped bales.

The new VariPack naturally has those

tried-and-tested Krone elements like the EasyFlow pick-up. Its camless design

makes for particularly quiet running and offers great resistance to wear. The 2,150mm work width ensures even wide swaths are gathered effectively.

The XC models also have a high-capacity integral rotor and a cutting system with 17 blades that are selected quickly to cut different crops. The 530mm rotor diameter translates into high throughputs, handling even very voluminous swaths and the innovative combination of the camless pick-up and the integral rotor eliminates the need of many moving parts. As a result, VariPack stands out for minimal service and maintenance and minimum wear. For an ideal performance and extremely low maintenance, the rotor and pick-up are driven by an oversize chain.

The number of blades in action are selected on a shaft thanks to the standard-fit blade control system which enables either all 17 blades, half or none of them. Operators can remove the entire cutting unit from the crop flow and drop the floor hydraulically to remove a blockage. The material is not dropped to the ground and lost but it is fed into the bale chamber. Naturally, every blade is individually protected from overload and the blades are easily and quickly removed from the rear.

Convenient and easy use is the priority on the wrapping unit which allows operators to insert a new net roll from either side. Net wrapping is a standard feature, twine tying is an option. Another option is the chute for the net roll which takes the hard work out of roll replacement. The fixed net feeder makes for an easy and straightforward net feed.

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