A round bale chaser which can pick up 16 round bales in as little as eight minutes will be launched at LAMMA 2022.
The new CTS 1600 from Samco allows a operator to collect and load 16 round bales with one joystick click. This reduces the labour and extra machinery traditionally needed to gather round bales, as well as lowering soil compaction.
The CTS 1600 is built at Samco’s manufacturing facility in Ireland. It features a hydraulically operated soft hand bale squeeze, that lifts and rotates the bales onto the chaser, says Samco director Matthew Shine.
“This handling method allows both netted and wrapped bales to be gathered without damaging them. The new chaser will load itself automatically, by stacking two bales side by side at double height, before moving the stack down its length on floor rollers.”
Once full, the 16 bales are secured by the chaser’s caged sides, which move inwards to hold the bales in place.
Built-in sensors fine-tune the position of the sides to the size of bales, while gripping bars along the top and rear of the chaser prevent any movement during transport. A Danfoss load sensing hydraulic system controls the main functions of the machine.
Unloading times are kept to a minimum too. The CTS 1600 can simultaneously offload eight bales (in four stacks of two on their ends). The operator then moves the trailer forward to unload the remaining eight bales.
This quick turnaround time allows for a speedier return to the field to continue loading. Its 7.3m length helps the CTS 1600 unload in tighter areas, allowing more bales to be stacked on a smaller footprint.
“During demonstrations last summer, we were surprised at just how manoeuvrable the chaser was,” says Mr Shine. “The operator was able to travel down narrow lanes and negotiate small yards previously only accessible with a loader.
Easy to manoeuvre
“The chaser’s manoeuvrability is further enhanced as only the rear half of the chaser tips, enabling bales to be unloaded where height restrictions are an issue.”
The CTS 1600 runs on a brace of air-brake equipped ADR axles and features a choice of three 710/40 R22.5 tyres and a steering axle, if required.
An in-cab colour screen enables fine-tuning settings and monitoring bale numbers along with a manual mode, which lets the operator stack the chaser with odd-sized loads. A rear-facing camera gives excellent vision and helps keep bale stacks tight when unloading.
The chaser has been entered into the Young Engineers Award at the LAMMA event. Final pre-production
and design was by 27-year-old Paddy Lane who has worked for the company for more than three years.
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