Announced at World Ag Expo, new large square baler for industry-leading bale density, efficiency and comfort
New Holland Agriculture announced today the launch of the BigBaler™ 340 High Density, now the most efficient large square baler in its segment. Attendees of World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, this week will be among the first in North America to see the new baler.
The BigBaler 340 High Density produces bales of up to 22% higher density than conventional large square balers, significantly increasing transport and bale handling efficiency. This baler offers an excellent solution for commercial hay producers and large livestock operations seeking greater ROI and productivity from their haying equipment.
“This new baler sets new standards in efficiency and productivity, delivering greater profitability by maximizing bale weight and reducing handling and transport costs,” said Simon Nichol, global hay and forage product management for New Holland. “It is ideal for the professional baling contractor and large-scale farmer who will enjoy the profitability benefits resulting from higher productivity and lower total cost of ownership.”
The new MaxiSweep™ pickup allows for smooth and accurate intake at higher speeds, resulting in increased capacity and performance. This model also introduces the unique SmartShift™ gearbox, winner of the Agritechnica Silver Medal, that delivers a soft start-up resulting in greater comfort for the operator and overload protection for the tractor’s driveline.
The unique patented Loop Master™ knotting technology ensures best-in-class solid binding and protects the environment and the forage by greatly reducing the risk of twine snapping and eliminates twine cut offs. The short drawbar concept ensures excellent visibility for the operator and improved maneuverability. Comfort is further enhanced with a new intuitive user interface using the large IntelliView™ IV touchscreen display. A range of automated features, such as the IntelliCruise™ technology system which automatically adjusts tractor speed, add to the productivity and comfort of the BigBaler 340 High Density. The industry-first hydraulic axle concept with a hydraulic suspension delivers perfect weight distribution and improved ground following, plus easy maintenance access.
The BigBaler 340 High Density achieves denser bales through the longest bale chamber in its segment and a plunger force of as much as 58% more than Plus models. It also carries over from the previous model all the benefits of the highly efficient CropCutter™ system and the pre-compression chamber technology specifically developed for high density baling.
All of these features, together with the higher rotor speed compared to the Plus models, result in outstanding efficiency in baling the field, fewer bales per field, more tons per trailer, and overall higher productivity with time and transport cost savings.
“With the new BigBaler 340 High Density, New Holland invests to further enrich in its hay and forage offering,” said Carlo Lambro, New Holland brand president. “This latest model, built at our Centre of Harvesting Excellence in Zedelgem, Belgium, is the culmination of more than 30 years of baling excellence, and once again raises the bar on the performance we offer our customers.”