Handling wrapped silage bales and bringing them in from the field is a time-consuming task, and often requires multiple operators and equipment.
Farmers need to move their wrapped bales out of the field to ensure a profitable regrowth of their crop. This is a time critical operation, but no solution on how to move wrapped bales quickly without damaging them had been thought of.
Contractors also have difficulties because the lack of qualified labor, and need of additional equipment necessary to expand the range of services provided to their customer base.
To help with these challenges, Anderson Group has introduced the industry’s first self-loading carrier for wrapped bales under the model name RBM2000 PRO.
This innovative product was designed with farmers and farm contractors in mind, the company says. Each year, during the hay harvesting season, the fields are left with wrapped silage bales sitting for several days, sometimes weeks.
The RBM2000 PRO from Anderson Group will solve their problem by being able to pick, carry and unload wrapped bales directly from the field, in a timely and cost effective manner.
This innovative product has a lot of features and benefits to offer:
- One man operation
- Higher productivity than traditional methods
- Less equipment involved
- Less time spent transporting bales
- Less fuel consumption
- Reduced soil compaction, compared with other methods of moving wrapped bales.
- Promotes a quick regrowth of the crop by getting bales off the field quickly.
- Promotes quality fermentation of the wrapped bales because they are moved right after the wrapping stage in the field.
The RBM2000 PRO is a one-man operation implement. One tractor operator can load, carry and unload without the use of a second piece of equipment. Therefore, it requires less labor and less time to achieve the same result as with currently used equipment. Less hours spent here gives the farmers the availability to invest their time where it counts. The high productivity of the RBM2000 PRO can easily keep up with up to 2 Combi-Balers or single wrappers. Field compaction is reduced by traveling in the same path the other machinery used.
It has been designed to pick up wrapped single bales standing up vertically on their flat end. Most single bale wrapping manufacturers or Combi-Baler manufacturers offer a “flipping device” which will kick the bale up in an upward position. This position is also the safest when unloading the bale from a wrapper as there are more plastic layers applied on both flat ends of the bale, insuring that the bale will not be punctured when it is deposited on the ground. However, despite being able to put the bale in a vertical position in the field, those “flipping devices” work 95% of the time, failing 5% of the time due to ground conditions/inclination, or operator’s maneuver. In order to be versatile in any situation, the RBM2000 PRO features a rotating loading arm, which will rotate the grabber (positioned at the extremity of the loading arm) simply by activating the one-touch feature through the touchscreen monitor, and will allow the operator to pick up the bales that have fallen on their side.
The RBM2000 PRO allows you to unload wrapped bales either on their side or on their flat end, eliminating the risk of plastic film puncture as the bale’s ends are covered with several layers of plastic, or simply laying them down gently horizontally.