Across the ditch: Case IH RB6 HD Pro Series

Case IH has added to its baler range, launching the RB6 HD Pro Series at the AgQuip Field Days in NSW

The new Case IH round baler series can produce larger bales than its predecessor model, with the RB6 HD Pro Series variable chamber round balers producing bales up to 165cm (the RB 456) or 190cm (RB 466) in diameter, depending on the model.

Both sizes are larger than the bales produced by Case IH’s current RB5 Series models and are available as either a rotor feed or a 25-knife rotor cut version.

“As well as larger bales, the RB6 HD Pro Series has been designed for high-frequency use, offering increased durability and heavier components to suit those customers who produce a high annual bale count like contractors and larger hay producers,” Case IH product specialist Andrew Wood says.

“It’s actually about a tonne heavier than its current RB5 series sibling and is basically a completely new baler.”

One new feature is the driveline, described as having been redesigned “from the ground up” and offering a heavy-duty T-type gearbox that delivers power to both sides of the baler, reducing complexity and transmitting power more evenly for better balance and smoother operation.

Case IH’s new RB456 model round baler

A larger 520mm rotor also helps increase the baler’s overall capacity.

“The four belts used by the RB6 HD Pro series balers are deflected only 10 times as they rotate through the machine, reducing belt stress and increasing their service life, with most of the bale weight carried on the floor roller to aid in extending the life of the belts,” says Andrew.

Another new feature is the active drop floor, which automatically moves to allow heavy crop flow to pass and avoid plugging.

The RB6 HD Pro Series only requires two sets of hydraulic remotes on the tractor due to a new hydraulic valve bank on the baler, with hydraulic function selections chosen through the display.

A reduced number of components plus a new belt path and roller configuration help to minimise maintenance and create a compact core-forming chamber, ensuring tight bale core formation is achieved quickly.

The rollers are larger, as well as bearings, chains, and sprockets, for added durability, while the five-bar pick-up has been revised from the current RB5 Series.

The revision means a change to the pick-up mount, increasing the forward angle to allow for an even smoother crop flow as it transitions between the pick-up and the rotor.

Inside the cabin, a new user interface delivers sharp graphics with a clear layout and easy-to-use set-up menus.

Operators also have the option to configure the baler to operate with ISOBUS Class 3-compatible tractors to control several tractor and baler functions without any operator input.
LED lighting under the side shields allows for easier maintenance and inspection during night-time operation.

The RB6 HD Pro Series has been designed for high-frequency use

“This new round baler offers some of the best features we have come to know and love on the RB5 Series, combined with a raft of new features to appeal to a range of farming and contracting businesses looking for that next-level machine,” says Andrew.

“It’s got the durability and versatility for a variety of crop types and conditions, baling even the heaviest crop with remarkable speed and efficiency, and with an emphasis on ease of operation and maintenance.”  

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