Productivity is the operative word in farm equipment, and Case IH is serious about pushing up the capacity of its machines. The latest example of the effort is the LB4 baler series. The large square balers - there are two models - have had capacity boosted by up to 20% over the models they replace.
When Brett DeVries talks about the baler, the Case IH Hay and Forage marketing manager sounds like he's talking about a sports car using terms like high-speed, and quick times. "Farmers have a tight baling window that can be as little as two to five hours to produce the best quality feed," DeVries says. "That's what it takes to get that 14% bale where they can get the quality hay they want."
It's that balance of time and productivity that drove the LB4 redesign. There are two models in the line - the LB334 with a 3-foot-by-3-foot design; and the LB434 with its 4-foot-by-3-foot design.
Higher capacity comes from a gearbox that can produce more strokes per minute when forming the bale in the chamber. Combine that with a feed assist roller and a redesigned flywheel, and DeVries says this is a smooth, fast baler. "The flywheel is the heart and soul of the baler, and we've engineered it to be high capacity without adding a lot more weight," he says.
Match that processing capability with a new, high-capacity pickup to pull material into the baler faster and you can see pretty easily why capacity has risen so much. Add in that the new baler mates right to in-tractor controls through the AFS700 console, and the operator has complete control of the baler without leaving the cab. There's an optional rotor cutter available in each model, and a host of other features. Best bet is to connect with your Case IH dealer to learn more about the new machines, which are available for the 2013 season. List price for the new machines will start at about $120,000.