RACINE, Wis. — The new LB434XL 3x4 large square baler from Case IH helps high-volume hay and forage producers bale more acres per day thanks to improved capacity and greater bale density.

Paired with a Puma or Optum tractor, this baler produces consistent, uniform bales acre after acre — regardless of the crop or field conditions.

With the addition of Model Year 2017 RB5 series round balers, Case IH also announced ISOBUS Class 3 functionality across the majority of its baler lineup and all Maxxum CVT, Puma and Optum tractors. This Advanced Farming Systems technology enhances both productivity and bale quality.

“Not only are we meeting the demand for heavier bales with greater density through our LB434XL balers, we’re giving producers the technology they need to more efficiently harvest each crop at its peak nutritional value,” said Cole Carling, Case IH hay and forage marketing manager.

From the beefed-up bale chamber to the rugged frame, the LB434XL is designed from the ground up for large-scale hay and forage operations with a lot of ground to cover and a short time to do it. Operators will immediately notice a 31.5-inch longer bale chamber.

This 31 percent increase over current LB434 balers delivers up to 10 percent higher bale density. Greater density means more crop per bale, decreasing bale count, as well as handling, wrapping and transportation costs — helping producers economically reach new markets.

ISOBUS Class 3-enabled Feedrate Control technology makes the dense, well-formed bales produced by the LB434XL easy to achieve for operators of all skill levels. This technology allows the baler to run at optimal performance and capacity by controlling the speed of an ISOBUS Class 3-compatible tractor.

Feedrate Control includes two running operations:

Charge control: Automatically adjusts the tractor’s speed to reach optimal capacity from the baler. This results in higher throughput by up to 9 percent overall.

Slice control : Automatically adjusts the tractor’s speed based on bale slice thickness. This allows the operator to predetermine the number of slices per bale to create more consistent bale weight and length.

The LB434XL also comes with AFS capability built in. The intuitive, easy-to-read AFS Pro 300 or 700 control center display monitors bale weight and moisture while detecting misties in real time — even at high speeds.

Regardless of windrow conditions, steering sensors located on each side of the pre-chamber show the operator how to steer for quicker reactions and more uniform bale slices.

The LB434XL baler is built to handle capacity. Additional enhancements include a robust design, larger platform, improved bale-ejection system, hydraulic hose identification and LED work and service lights.

Round balers

For model year 2017, RB5 series round balers can be equipped with a new ISOBUS Class 3 Tractor and Baler Automation option. This system controls the tractor stop, bale wrap and bale eject functions without any operator input required.

Hooked up to a Puma or Maxxum CVT tractor, operators can take advantage of ISOBUS Class 3 controls to automatically stop the tractor when the target bale size is reached.

From there, net wrap is automatically applied, and when the wrap cycle is complete, the baler tailgate raises and lowers automatically to eject each wrapped bale. Once the completed bale is ejected, the operator can simply move the tractor shuttle lever to the forward position and go.

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