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The all-new Hesston® by Massey Ferguson® 2170XD Large Square Baler allows commercial hay producers and large producers in North America to create large, “extra density” square bales that are more efficient to stack, load, transport and store. This baler has been re-engineered to accommodate the added weight that comes with denser bales, and is built tougher with heavy-duty tension cylinders and plunger arms, a heavier flywheel, and higher-capacity gearbox and driveline to provide the reliable performance producers have come to expect from Hesston.
This baler creates 3- by-4-foot bales, up to 9 feet in length, with bale weights 15 percent greater than the standard MF2170 baler and 30 percent greater than standard MF2170 balers sold before model year 2010.
- Redesigned flywheel is 91 percent heavier to help create a heavier bale while operating smoothly at normal load in most conditions
- Newly designed gearbox comprised of larger, stronger components
- Uses new Category 7 primary and secondary drivelines with heat-treated yokes
- Reinforced frame structure
Hello everyone, my name is Cale Sledge, Product Marketing Specialist for AGCO Haytools. Thanks for your interest in the Hesston 2170 XD large square baler by Massey Ferguson. I am here to give a brief customer update on the 2170 XD balers running in the 2011 season.
Back in May 2011, we visited Reuben Wood of Buckeye, Arizona, USA, who owns and operates two Hesston 2170 XD balers. Reuben’s custom baling business, Wood Bros Hay Company, does approximately 3000 acres per month. They have entered the export hay market recently and require a minimum 1550 lb bale in hay. As you can see from the video, they have recently been producing high quality, 1580 lb (10-12% moisture) hay bales and 1100 lb in straw. He expects to get even better weight and density results in the future.
Reuben also talks about the expense of running a custom baling business. He explains how, after looking at the bottom dollar and all expenses involved, the new 2170 XD balers will save him a lot of money compared to running competitive brand balers. I rode with Reuben while baling and he told me, “If these balers continue to run like they have been and like we expect them to, we will actually make a profit this year.”
Watch the video below and you will see – he is very pleased with the result and performance of his Hesston 2170 XD balers.
The baler will be available for full global production in 2012 and is currently being tested in North America.
Are you using a Hesston 2170 XD baler by Massey Ferguson? What sort of differences have you seen in the density and weight of your bales?
I am happy to report that we were able to produce 12,989 bales in 60 days in 196 working hours – not including transport or headland turning time. That is an impressive average baling rate of 66.27 bales per hour or slightly more than one bale per minute. This was done in some of the tougher baling conditions like baling rye and fescue grass straw after it has been combined. These are high volume and very dry crops often averaging only 3% moisture content. The numbers speak for themselves as a testimony to the machine’s reliability.
The next goal was to measure and collect data with respect to increased bale weights versus our current production 3×4 balers. In this valley the grass straw is baled then repressed into an even heavier package that is shipped overseas to an export market. The key to the success of a machine for this market is to reduce the handling by reducing the number of bales that need to be hauled to the stationary presses and processed by these presses in turn reducing the operating costs of the producers.
Getting consistent weight data was bit of a challenge due to the desire to have as many operators as possible try this machine, each with varying strengths of twine. All in all if we looked at the data for the bales made when using a high knot strength twine we saw bale weights with an approximate 20% while being baled at an average speed of 5+ mph. The advantage of using many operators in different conditions with a baler that is equipped with a scale and moisture system was that it let us look at every bale weight and moisture content so we could derive some true and accurate averages.
Over 30 customers who were given the opportunity to try this baler had very favorable comments giving it a promising future to be able to increase the efficiency of our producers. With the grass straw season winding down, the baler will be moving eastward to be tested in other crops such as hay forage, grain straw, and cornstalks for the rest of the 2010 season. Stayed tuned for future updates on the success of this exciting new product. In the meantime, check out some photos from the field below.