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• Consistently best-in-class bale quality with up to 10% more density
• Smart Baling with best-in-class features raises capacity and bale quality to new heights
• Improved durability and reliability
• New biomass kit makes short work of stiff and stalky biomass material
• More productivity in the field

New Holland Agriculture introduces the new BigBaler 1290 Plus, the latest generation of its reputed flagship baler. The new model builds on the brand’s leadership in the large square baler market, dating back to 1987 – close to 30 years of pioneering innovations and industry firsts leading to one-of-a-kind features setting it apart from the competition.

Simon Nichol, Global Head of Hay & Forage and Crop Production Product Management, said: “The new BigBaler 1290 Plus bristles with unique, best-in-class features that deliver the ultimate baling performance in all crops. Hay and forage operations, hay baling contractors, large & small scale farmers will appreciate the higher, even more consistent bale density and the productivity of the highest capacity New Holland baler. High capacity combined with high bale density means fewer bales per hectare, less time to collect the bales, and fewer bales to transport – all of which translates into lower costs per bale. The new BigBaler 1290 Plus is designed and built for reliability and durability, and easy serviceability means it will spend even more time in the field delivering its top-notch performance.”

Consistently best-in-class bale quality with up to 10% higher density
The new BigBaler 1290 Plus features an 80 cm longer baler chamber over the prior model which delivers up to 10% higher density in perfectly formed bales for stacking and transport, maintaining this high bale quality through the day. The increase in density is dependent on field condition and means more crop per bale, raising customer’s productivity.

The BigBaler’s double knot system is designed to guarantee high bale density with lower knotting strain, reducing the risk of twine snapping even in hot conditions, further increasing productivity.

Smart baling with best-in-class features raises capacity and bale quality to new heights
The new BigBaler 1290 Plus delivers the ultimate baling experience with a host of unique features, including IntelliCruise™ technology that automatically regulates tractor ground speed to maximize baling capacity and uniform bale density, or the best-in-class SmartFill™ feed flow indicators that tell the operator in real time which direction they should drive over the swath for even bale formation. The productivity boosting features also include the MaxiSweep™ pick-up design that tackles high tonnage windrows with common components – tine bars and reel bearings – from the self-propelled forage harvester pick up. The plunger stroke rate per minute and the in-line crop flow guaranteed by the uniform width of the feeding, processing and pre-compression elements combine to make it the highest capacity New Holland baler ever. In addition, the BigBaler is fully ISOBUS compatible for single screen technology. With the best-in-class IntelliView™ IV monitor in the tractor cab, operators have at-a-glance intuitive fingertip control of all key operating parameters when baling at top capacity and speed.

Improved durability and reliability
A host of improvements to the BigBaler 1290 Plus raise the bar on durability and reliability.

In CropCutter™ models, the new high quality chrome pins are more wear resistant against sand and dust, and extend the chain life significantly. Each knife is spring protected to avoid breakage from foreign objects and optional hard-faced knives are available for greater durability.

Furthermore, a heavy duty rotor is available for extreme abrasive conditions – this prevents premature rotor wear in such harsh conditions and allows 4 times longer rotor lifetime.
In the pre-compression chamber, a shear bolt on the stuffer mechanism protects the stuffer from damage in case of obstruction or overload. In addition, the crop holding fingers have been reinforced and ensure perfect flake formation with 7 fingers.

The knotting system and bale ejection have been revised to make it easy to set and control bale length, and the reliable design of the bale length tooth sector ensures a long lifespan. The passive teeth system has been replaced with an active teeth system on Full Bale-EjectTM– before the bale ejection moves backwards, all teeth are first pushed in the bale to maximize best performance and full grip in all conditions. An improved knotter cleaning performance reduces crop accumulation in the knotter area.

Tony Peters, National Product Manager New Holland Australia went on to say ‘the BigBaler 1290 Plus is a game changer for New Holland and will deliver the density and capacity customers are looking for. The BigBaler 1290 Plus will be available for the 2017 hay season with units starting to arrive early in 2017”.

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