Kubota has extended its baler range with the arrival of the FB1000 – a non-stop round baler wrapper combination that integrates a pre-chamber, main chamber and wrapper.
Designed and developed by sister company Kverneland Group, the FB1000 uses two bale chambers arranged in series so a number of rollers can be shared. Operating as a pre-chamber, the front half of the FB1000 produces two-thirds of the bale.
As the pre-chamber reaches its preset density, crop flow is diverted into the main bale chamber, allowing baling to continue non-stop. The pre-chamber is then opened, moving the pre-formed bale into the main chamber, where it is increased to 1.25m in size.
Once bale formation is complete, crop flow is switched back to the pre-chamber without stopping, allowing round baling to continue as a non-stop process. Netting is then applied to the completed bale in the main chamber.
After this, the tailgate is opened and the finished bale is transferred onto the wrapper. This entire sequence enables baling to continue uninterrupted.
To make bale transfer simple, reliable and fuss-free, the FB1000 uses a wrapper frame mounted on a parallel linkage. This enables the wrapper to be lowered from its working position to collect the completed bale as it rolls from the main chamber.
This avoids the need for a complex mechanical transfer system. With the bale collected, the wrapper is raised to allow twin satellite arms to rotate around the bale. Unlike traditional wrapping mechanisms, these arms rotate in a vertical plane.
The FB1000 is priced at £140,247.