In the US, Massey Ferguson announced recently that its SimplEbale baler upgrade system is now available through local Massey Ferguson dealers.

This brings features normally only found on large square balers, such as flake count, bale length, hydraulic control, moisture sensing and bale weight measurement, to the small square baler platform.

The system can be retrofitted enabling balers upgraded with the system to deliver improved bale consistency, increased operational efficiency, and higher reliability than non-equipped balers. 

All 1840 series balers covered

The first kits released to the market configure with the Massey Ferguson 1840 two-tie and 1844 S three-tie machines for better monitoring, control, and feedback from the seat of the tractor for both skilled and inexperienced operators. 

The retrofit kit for the 1842S two-tie baler will be available to order this autumn in the United States, although it is not clear if, or when, these additions will become available in Ireland.

Massey Ferguson believes that SimplEbale offers a significant opportunity for operators to upgrade their new and used balers as well improving the standard of baling and consistency of product.

Massey Ferguson speeds up baling

Small square bales are still in demand with certain users as the bales remain convenient to handle on enterprises such as stud farms.

Having them of a known weight and moisture content can allow a better price to be realised.

Small square baler
Massey Ferguson’s straight through balers bring big baler efficiency to standard bales

The ‘straight through’ design of the machines ensures quicker and more efficient baling as there is no turning of the crop as it passes through.

Once onboard the baler, the material enters a pre-compression chamber before it is taken into the final compression chamber, a method which is said to reduce stress on the machine and help form a dense, well proportioned bale.

The short stroke, high speed plunger in this second chamber rapidly forms a bale from the already pressed crop resulting in thinner, denser wedges, speeding up the baling process considerably in doing so.