Used Krone Baler??

WillGivITaGo

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Livestock Farmer
Hi

Any advice you have on the following would be appreciate,

I’ve been reading over the forum, looking for advise on round balers. In the market for a used one. I’ve really enjoyed @DrDunc posts and you got me looking into the Krone, its all green balers around here, men will not hear of anything else, and they are a good baler also.

I like the idea of the Krone being fairly straight forward to carry out any repairs and maintenance and making a good solid bale.

It’ll be mostly silage being made, ground is more often then not on the softer side , so would the tandem axle be a good option or not in your opinion? And assuming the driver is ok, what have your experiences been baling wet grass? I had been thinking of an older model originally but after reading over forum will stretch out for a Comprima now, x-treme if i can find it in budget. What is the general opinion on to high of a bale count? 35k? and what work would you do to a used krone if you bought one?

Thanks for any help.
 

DrDunc

Member
Location
Dunsyre
Hi

Any advice you have on the following would be appreciate,

I’ve been reading over the forum, looking for advise on round balers. In the market for a used one. I’ve really enjoyed @DrDunc posts and you got me looking into the Krone, its all green balers around here, men will not hear of anything else, and they are a good baler also.

I like the idea of the Krone being fairly straight forward to carry out any repairs and maintenance and making a good solid bale.

It’ll be mostly silage being made, ground is more often then not on the softer side , so would the tandem axle be a good option or not in your opinion? And assuming the driver is ok, what have your experiences been baling wet grass? I had been thinking of an older model originally but after reading over forum will stretch out for a Comprima now, x-treme if i can find it in budget. What is the general opinion on to high of a bale count? 35k? and what work would you do to a used krone if you bought one?

Thanks for any help.
The comprima double axle will definitely be easier on wet ground. It'll bale wet grass and make a gorgeous solid bale out of it, but...... In my experience baling long wet stemmy stuff, it's easier to block the intake on the Krone than a McHale. It happens when the driver (me!) doesn't notice a bit being dragged at the edge of the reel, lump gets drawn in, and the clutch pops. I don't know if it's the McHale or the man driving, but there's fewer stops with a green one. Drop the floor on the Krone, and it easily swallows most mistakes though.

Feedback from a McHale owner who was wrapping bales from both Krone and his machine, is that "them bloody Krone bales are heavier, could tell which (bale) was which from the bang them ones made when lifted onto the wrapper table". There was actually a lot more swearing in that quote, but you get the jist!

At 35000, the Krone will likely need new belts. I don't think they in themselves are that expensive (could be mistaken) but the labour cost to do the work is quite high according to my dealer. Anyone else on here know better?

I changed from a fixed chamber roller to the variable chamber comprima. The huge advantage for me is that the comprima will make any crop into a bloody solid bale. Belts aren't so good in wet grass, rollers aren't so good in straw, but the belt and slat Krone hoovers up anything from grass running with water to straw powdered to dust.

If it's only wet grass that is baling, then maybe a fixed chamber would be better?
 
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spin cycle

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Location
north norfolk
sorry to kijack op.....looking at a comprima v150.....described as 'continental web' type :scratchhead: .....would be baling hay + straw....what would min hp be?
thanks:)
 

farmerdan7618

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
@DrDunc has pretty much covered it, but same experience here with Comprima's, although the combi versions.

Bought an ex demo in 2012 (we all remember that year!) and it baled some pretty short wet grass at the end of the season, and we ran it on a MF 6465, 120hp 6cyl and it was fine on some pretty steep slopes. Make sure there is enough net on the bale if they are wet though.

Bales anything you can get under the tractor at a good speed, often doing 3-400 bales per day.

Swapped it in for a new one in 2017, which I will have for sale next month following a move to clamp silage meaning it just doesn't have the workload to stay. Has done 6k bales.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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