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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 making bales of progress PACE-SETTER: Scott Williams points out the Fortima's faster, camless pick-up which allows him to bale in a higher gear. position to make comparisons. The Fortima is his ninth Krone baler in 14 years, and one of the three in his current fleet. ''This is the best we've had. They've always been great ma- chines but this one is even better and a big improvement on the VP 1500. We only got it at the tail-end of the season but still turned out a thousand bales in a couple of weeks. ''The better intake makes a big difference and we're operat- ing a good gear faster,'' he said. ''They've put larger rollers in the chain-and-slat system, which should reduce wear on the chains -- not that it's ever been a problem. One of our previous machines did 36,400 bales -- mainly in heavy silage -- on the original chains before we had to replace them.'' Both men still operate farms along with their contracting businesses. Scott Williams runs prime lambs and turns off around 500 annually from his 120 ha, while Brett Anderson milks 170 cows on a similar area. They share views when it comes to twine versus net and both offer only net wrapping. They agree the net system on the Fortima is easy to operate and trouble-free. Mr Anderson notes that the twine system has been upgraded and now runs four strings at once. ''It's a big improvement even though we don't use twine.'' Reflecting the different farm- ing mix in southern Tasmania, Mr Williams is often called on to bale cereal straw after harvest and says the Krone chain-and- slat system works exceptionally well with the dry material. ''I like the set-up. It's very easy to clean and turns out a consistent bale regardless of the conditions,'' he said. The improved controller also drew positive comment. They said it was easy to use and an improvement on previous models. Both liked the fact that the controller can be magneti- cally attached anywhere in the cabin, to keep it in view while monitoring other functions. Further information: Lars Pasedag 0400 413 180. 2012 forage harvesting I livestock husbandry I arable I landscape maintenance be strong, be KUHN Tasmania Farm Equipment A RURALCO BUSINESS PTY LTD Come and visit us at AG FEST 3rd- 5th May, Stand 128 www.kuhn.com.au
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