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New Idea balers capture crop quality

New 6400 Series New Idea round balers are easygoing when it comes to hay handling and operator ease, but they are hard driving when it comes to productivity.

The series is available in three sizes, the automatic 6464 (4-feet × 6-feet), the 6454 (4-feet × five-feet), and the automatic 6465 (five-feet × 6 feet). The 6454 and 6464 are also available in silage models.

All five variable-chamber balers are equipped with an extra wide, low profile pickup and pack more in every bale from the core to the final wrap.

Consistent package

“Quickly capturing crop quality in a consistent package is the goal of every hay producer,” says Shawn Boone, general marketing manager, New Idea. “The 6400 Series balers are designed to make it easy for operators to consistently produce high quality bales. Whether fully automatic and equipped with a monitor like the 6465 and 6464, or manual control like the 6454 and equipped with a more basic control box, they build a better bale by sensing bale surface shape and feeding that information to the operator.”

Quality starts at the windrow where, combined with windguard and pickup flares, the low profile pickup gently gathers large and even windblown windrows.

Converging augers prevent bunching and gently feed leaves and stems to stuffer fingers even in heavy crop situations. The aggressive stuffer fingers and high capacity, open-throat, vertical bale chamber deliver quick bale starts and uniform feeding, while hydraulic density and belt tension arms maintain uniform pressure for consistent bale production.

“All three balers share hydraulic-actuated bale wrapping,” says Clay Dell, New Idea sales engineer. “The in-cab monitor receives information from sensors with direct bale contact and displays drive arrows that indicate proper bale formation. With the touch of a single button, the 6465 and 6464 models not only wrap, but also disengage the drive, eject the bale and re-engage the drive. The operator has better control of bale ejection as opposed to competitive spring-loaded ejectors.

Standard features

The hydraulic-actuated bale ejector and the hydraulic pickup lift are standard on the 6464 and 6465 and available as options on the 6454. The New Idea 6465 features the widest pickup area of the three models with an inside panel to panel width of 83.6 inches.

Bale size indicated both visually and on the operator-friendly monitor can be selected from a minimum of 32 inches to 72 inches and a width of 61.5 inches.

A 90 PTO horsepower tractor is recommended for optimum performance over a variety of terrain and crop levels.

The 6454 and 6464 silage models are equipped with endless belts and special scrapers and rollers to reduce material buildup in wetter crops. The silage balers are equally effective baling dry hay.

The 6454 and 6464 balers have a pickup width of 66-inches and produce bales with a width of 46.5-inches. Operators can select bale diameters from 32 inches to a maximum of 72 inches on the New Idea 6464 and from 30 inches to 60 inches on the 6454. Bale size on the 6464 and 6465 is shown on the monitor, while the 6454 offers a visual gauge for bale size.

Rapid crop handling

“Regardless of what size bale a hay producer wants, the New Idea 6400s start bales faster, handle heavier crops and build better bales,” says Boone. “Add the optional mesh wrap, and these high performance balers shift production into an even faster mode with no reduction in quality or consistency.

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