CaseIH will debut its new LB333 square baler at next week's Empire Farm Days near Seneca Falls, N.Y. Both the LB333 and its upsized twin, the LB433, were updated with additional features and options that customers wanted to see, says Bob Lane, Case IH haytools product specialist.
"We ask customers what improvements, additional features and new options they'd like to see," says Lane. "On Case IH large square balers, our customers told us they wanted bales that were easier to handle and stack.
"So we improved the stuffer speed and timing, to accelerate the crop into the pre-chamber. This allows the new balers to provide a more consistent bale shape and length, with improved fill on the bale tops and corners."
The 2009 models also have wider rear doors for easier bale ejection. Other improvements include a new two-lever dual-bale ejection system. One lever ejects only the rear-most bale; the second clears out the entire bale chamber.
Growers who own another type of ISOBUS monitor can use them on the LB333 and LB433. Or the balers can be equipped with the standard black and white baler monitor. It features automatic bale density adjusting via hydraulic pressure as crop and moisture conditions change.
Several knotter changes were also made in the models that promise to increase daily capacity. "We've improved the air flow of the knotter fans, so they more effectively blow out the chaff and dust that can affect performance," adds Lane. "The baler still holds 30 twine balls, so the machine goes a long time between reloads."
A narrower front frame and hitch makes it easier to hook up to the tractor. Pickup gauge wheels were also modified so that tools are no longer needed to make adjustments. Knives on both models are now hard faced and abrasive resistant, for a longer lifespan.