Mchale rollers

JohnAC

Member
Livestock Farmer
We bought a mchale f560 3 years ago but the bale count was unknown as the clock said 10000 but there was obviously more. We have had the bottom roller on the chamber crack at the ribs just wondering what sort of lifespan others were getting out of them just as a guide
 
A friend is a mchale dealer and there was one having a new roller fitted. I joked that I thought they never break down and he said the rollers will break if there's narrow rows and a lazy driver not weaving and just filling the middle
 

JohnAC

Member
Livestock Farmer
A friend is a mchale dealer and there was one having a new roller fitted. I joked that I thought they never break down and he said the rollers will break if there's narrow rows and a lazy driver not weaving and just filling the middle
We get nearly all our grass rowed so that it’s a nice wide square row but I understand what you mean thanks
 

icanshootwell

Member
Location
Ross-on-wye
High on a Fusion would be over 50k around here really. How are your main sprockets looking? That would show how much it’s worked rather than bottom roller though plus the drawbar eye
Also tyres if there on originals, mine are wearing on the inside track, going to turn mine around next week to get them to ware equal.
 
We get nearly all our grass rowed so that it’s a nice wide square row but I understand what you mean thanks
when you say cracking at the ribs,do you mean top of the ridge,in which case it's worn thin,or base of the rib would be fatigue I suppose. I have no idea how thick the steel is but Claas are claiming theirs are 4mm thick which is " double that of other manufacturers". If that is right 2 mm doesn't sound much if they are wearing
 

Wellytrack

Member
Rollers can last a long time. Replaced a bottom roller at 65k bales. The baler has since left me and is on about 75k and rollers are still fine. Seen F1's on 100k, and still working away, they built those first balers really well.
 

Frankzy

Member
Location
Jamtland, Sweden
Claas are claiming theirs are 4mm thick which is " double that of other manufacturers". If that is right 2 mm doesn't sound much if they are wearing

Does that mean all other manufacturers or just some of them though? The wording is ambiguous enough that I could definitely see them claiming that this only applies to the few balers they looked at and conveniently enough that number doesn't include several of the popular brands...
 
Does that mean all other manufacturers or just some of them though? The wording is ambiguous enough that I could definitely see them claiming that this only applies to the few balers they looked at and conveniently enough that number doesn't include several of the popular brands...
No idea what they normally are. When I welded some grip strips on our old 46 rollers they seemed about as thick as a bean tin☹️
 

balerman

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Location
N Devon
A friend is a mchale dealer and there was one having a new roller fitted. I joked that I thought they never break down and he said the rollers will break if there's narrow rows and a lazy driver not weaving and just filling the middle
That is salesman bullish!t,ive just had that roller go on a welger at 25000 bales.Only really ever bales behind twin rotor takes.
 
That is salesman bullish!t,ive just had that roller go on a welger at 25000 bales.Only really ever bales behind twin rotor takes.
So which bit would be bullsh!t? He's selling McHales and saying they can be broken by ramming the middle with crap rows. Pretty logical I would say
 

balerman

Member
Location
N Devon
So which bit would be bullsh!t? He's selling McHales and saying they can be broken by ramming the middle with crap rows. Pretty logical I would say
Those bottom rollers should be stronger than the top ones cos they carry the weight,but that one is a standard roller.Not many people bale behind hay bobs all the time nowadays,so what he told you is an excuse
 
Those bottom rollers should be stronger than the top ones cos they carry the weight,but that one is a standard roller.Not many people bale behind hay bobs all the time nowadays,so what he told you is an excuse
I wasn't talking about bottom rollers,this one was second or third up the door. My point is some diehard fans will say a mchale will go forever and is unbreakable but nothing is
 
Like a lot of market leaders,they get complacent,new McHale kit is vastly overrated these days IMO
We bought a nice used claas 354 with a view to changing for a new welger or mchale in a few years. After doing all the heavy bales of second cut and arable silage,a roller collapsed baling some late season hay with the density turned down. The replacement has obviously been beefed up with extra support inside so they knew they were a weak point.
 

Cmoran

Member
Mchale rollers use 3.2mm Steel I was told by Tj Daly who makes replacement rollers using 4mm steel.my fusion 2 has 65000 bales on it and has had one replacement roller so far my fusion 3 has 52000 bales and no roller touched yet
 

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