Big baler capacity

Alfred the average

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Arable Farmer
I have read a few old threads on here but nothing very recent. Would I be right in thinking that Krone balers like for like with their competition are more expensive but are more reliable and have greater output ? Is it their stuffing system?
I am baling 60% silage and haylage the remainder straw and hay .
Many thanks 😊
 

Serup

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Mixed Farmer
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Denmark
Within the same bale size, i think plunger speed gives a good idea about capacity.
There are of course some variation.
I believe hesston makes very reliable machines, but that krone has passed them on capacity. I don’t know about reliability on the current offering, but 10 years ago, krone was not known for they reliability and low running costs.
I have an almost 20 year old hesston 4x4, it cost me less than half of a contractor to bale with it. Had it for 10 years now. If the capacity is enough, it’s the cheapest way to make bales.

A krone hdp2 cost more than double of a hesston conventional 4x4’ baler here.
 
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I was talking to a friend of mine recently who runs two MF Hesston balers 120x90. He reckons the Krones locally to him are fantastic in the first few years but then reliability plummets and costs spiral. For consistent long term use the Hesston balers are normally the best, their density and speed are not too far behind the Krone but in the long term they will be faster as when the Krone is sitting in the yard having eaten it’s self the Hesston will be out plodding along still making you a living. I ran a couple of Vicon balers which had great density and weren’t slow but certainly the first (with the help of the dealer) nearly bankrupted me, the second was an opportunity that came along after the Massey and was one of the last incarnations of the Vicon before Kuhn bought them. It was a great design but after 5 years was like a time bomb waiting to go off, the first spent half a season being repaired the second would frequently be down for days at a time, the Massey/Hesston I ran never missed a days baling. Draw from that what you will.
 

Mc115reed

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We run a Massey 2190 and a krone 2170… both 8-9 year old… Massey Definatly has the most capacity by quite a bit… he can do same amount of bales an hour on a bigger bale size so more straw per hour…

the krone costs more too run too but does seem too have less problems day too day
 

Purli R

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We run a Massey 2190 and a krone 2170… both 8-9 year old… Massey Definatly has the most capacity by quite a bit… he can do same amount of bales an hour on a bigger bale size so more straw per hour…

the krone costs more too run too but does seem too have less problems day too day
Saw a shed full of NH balers the other day when I saw my wintering gimmers ;) Are they any good?
 
The Case LB436R HD would give the krones a run for their money.
in the field against a krone HDP1 the Case IH was around 25% faster with the same HP on both balers.
Also the pre-chamber design is far less complicated.
 

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