FIVE years ago, the Austrian agricultural machinery manufacturer Pöttinger successfully launched its Impress round baler, which was developed entirely in-house. The Impress has undergone a facelift and now appears in a fresh design with a new name and even more intelligent details. The new machines will be available from October.
The new look reveals a number of improvements, as well as the introduction of a selection of new equipment options. Proven components such as the floating pick-up, the Liftup rotor and the chopping system with up to 32 knives have not been changed. Nevertheless, by increasing the baling pressure by 20 per cent, the Impress V models now produce bales that are even firmer and heavier than before.
The range of options has been expanded to meet the demands of large farms and contractors and underlines the professional level of these machines. The basic range still includes two fixed-chamber Impress 3130 F Master and Impress 3130 F PRO balers, as well as three models each for the variable-chamber balers.
The Impress 3160 and Impress 3190 are available in the V version without a chopping system, V Master with a 16-knife chopping system and straightforward control concept, and in the V PRO version with a 32-knife chopping system, load sensing, Isobus control and numerous automatic functions.
The product range is rounded off with three baler and wrapper combinations: Impress 3130 FC PRO fixed-chamber with a bale diameter of 1.3 metres, Impress 3160 VC PRO variable chamber up to 1.55 metres and Impress 3190 VC PRO variable chamber up to 1.85 metres. Bales with a diameter of up to 1.5 metres can be wrapped.
A central element is the completely new binding unit. The feed and tension of the binding material is now regulated from outside the baling chamber, not by the core of the bale. This means that rolls of material can be used regardless of the condition of the core. The maximum width of the binding material is 1400mm.
The baler can be equipped for film and film binding using a tail binding unit. The roller is no longer braked electrically, but hydraulically. The settings for net and foil are saved separately. If frequent changes are made between net and film, a second binding roll holder can be ordered. There is then no need to remove the heavy roll and only the new material needs to be threaded in.
An optional loading system now supports the operator when changing the roll. The new binding unit is installed on all models. On PRO models, solo or with wrapper, as well as variable or fixed chamber, it can be upgraded to film and film binding.