Krone EasyWrap 165 T goes for high capacity

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Krone adds a new round bale wrapper to its programme: the double-arm EasyWrap 165 T. It is an addition to the EasyWrap 150, which was launched in summer 2020.

Wrapping 1.00-1.65m diameter bales, the 165 T is a high-capacity machine where a double arm orbits around the bale for wrapping. The machine lifts up to 1,650 kg bales and wraps them at speeds of up to 40 rpm achieving maximum efficiency and daily productivity. Controlled from a cab-based ISOBUS terminal, the wrapper offers convenient and straighttforward operation to suit professional standards. Naturally, all major machine functions including film roll replacement can also be executed manually from a separate operator panel on the machine.

Quickly operable and versatile

The wrapper couples to the tractor linkage with the help of a headstock that swings into position and couples to the lower link arms. A practical hose holder helps connecting the oil lines and protects them from getting damaged in work. The slim drawbar and compact design make the EasyWrap 165 T a very agile machine that also offers excellent visibility.

The hydraulic drawbar can swing to the side for optimum bale collection. Equally convenient is  the changeover from road to work position by a touch of a button. An optional version of the drawbar provides stowage for ten spare film rolls – for maximum efficiency on long working days.

A sturdy arm places the bale gently and in a controlled way on to the wrapping table. Adjusting the arm to the size of the bale is easy and takes no tools. As another advantage, the machine can pick up the next bale while keeping the finished bale on board, thus serving as a bale collector.

The wrapping table is formed by four strong textile belts which effectively roll the bale – no matter its size of weight. The bale sits in a deep cradle and is held in position by four bobbins (six as an option). Wrapping is triggered automatically by a sensor plate. The film is 750mm wide and offers a pre-stretch of either 55% or 70%.

Layers calculated

After the operator entered the number of film layers and the bale size to the terminal, the system calculates the actual number of layers. When the film ends or breaks, the table stops instantly (it is also possible to continue wrapping with only one film roll in action). When wrapping is resumed, the bale will not roll before the wrapping arm has completed its first round, a provision than ensures optimum overlaps and best forage quality.

Another technical highlight is the angle sensor which monitors the wrapping arm. The use of this sensor technology leads to perfect results and uniform overlaps, also when operating the wrappers on different tractors.

At the end of the wrapping cycle, the film is fixed in the cut-and-tie unit and then cut in one smooth operation. It is this clean cut that makes the film cling instantly to the bale. There are no loose ends. Of course, it is possible to rotate the finished bale to any suitable position and deposit it on the move by tilting the table to the rear, gently placing it on to a rubber mat on the ground. There is a guide roller at the rear that prevents the bale from dropping to the ground in rolling land.

An option is the bale turner which is operated from the cab. It is possible to automate the entire wrapping cycle – from picking up to depositing the bale so operators can concentrate on driving and steering. If conditions do not allow operators to use auto mode, every single stage in the cycle can be triggered manually by a touch of a button.

The EasyWrap 165 T is operated from an ISOBUS tractor terminal, but as an option it can also be operated from one of the familiar Krone terminals.

The low-slung chassis ensures maximum machine stability in any situation, especially during loading, wrapping and depositing the bale. The low centre of gravity and the optimum weight distribution translate into maximum manoeuvrability, excellent stability and suitability for smaller tractors. In addition, the wrapper is also available with LED work lights and three extra lights for night work.

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