BIGBALER 1270 PLUS CROPCUTTERTM
With increasing demands Mark decided to update his large square baler by purchasing a BigBaler 1270 Plus CropCutterTM. Located new Newnham, Gloucestershire he predominately bales silage with the remaining volume is split between hay and straw. During a season Mark will normally bale 15,000 bales so it is important that he has a machine that’s able to produce a quality bale while maintaining output. As Mark mainly bales silage he has opted for the RotorCutterTM so the ability to feed in heavy grass is important “Feeding is good in heavy swaths, we don’t have an issue with chop quality”.
Bale weight is important and the BigBaler 1270 Plus doesn’t disappoint as Mark explained “We are able to get more weight into each bale when compared to our previous baler”. For all balers it is easy to increase bale weight by reducing forward speed but this is not the case “While increasing bale weight with the 1270 we are able to go an extra 2K faster”. Knotting is a key part of any large square baler and Mark explains “The baler hasn’t dropped a knot all season apart from the odd change over which can affect any machine”.
As Mark does bale hay the importance of knowing the moisture content of the crop to reduce the chance of spoiling is imperative, “The moisture meter has proven itself last season, I have found that the accuracy level has been very good” he has opted for the star wheel moisture meter on his baler which has proven to be extremely accurate.
The BigBaler is fitted with a tandem large wheel steer axles on 560/45 R22.5 tyres which provide excellent ground flotation. “Large wheels are helping to travel the ground”. Mark has found that accessibility has been good around the baler, since 2018 the BigBaler Plus has integrated pivoting twines boxes. “Accessibility is good due to the pivoting twine boxes, it makes the job of cleaning much easier”. He also stated “The detachable pickup wheel arms are easy to use which helps when traveling on narrow roads”.