Integrated Baler Wrappers

McHale Fusion 3 Plus

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The McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper consists of an 18 roller fixed chamber baler and an integrated vertical wrapping ring.The McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper uses Film on Film technology to apply film to the barrel of the bale in the bale chamber. The McHale Fusion 3 Plus is a fully automatic machine which is controlled by the McHale iTouch Control Unit and also has an inbuilt camera to monitor wrapper operation.

 

Patented Film Application

In the development of the McHale Fusion 3 Plus, McHale realised that changes in temperature and sun light could affect the chamber wrapping film, in that, as the day got hotter or cooler the film was either being overstretched or under stretched, and this in turn would cause reliability problems and result in inefficient film use.

As a result McHale developed a patented application system which adjusts the breaking force on the roll of plastic in-line with working conditions and allows for a continuously variable stretch, which can adjust to changes in the day automatically without the operator having to adjust any settings.

The McHale patent film application system ensures consistent film stretch, reliable film application, delivers optimum bale shape and bale density. Should an operator wish to use netwrap for hay or straw this can be done with a simple adjustment.

Film on Film technology

Film on film technology refers to the application of film to the barrel of the bale in the bale chamber. The film binds the bale together as it passes from the baler to the bale wrapper, which eliminates the need for string or net wrap. The film that binds the bale together forms a wrap layer and gives better film or plastic coverage on the largest surface of the bale.

The Advantages

  • Chamber Film Acts As A Wrapping Layer

The plastic which is added to the barrel of the bale to keep the bale together as the bale passes from the baler to the wrapper also forms part of the wrapping process and adds value by placing more plastic on the largest surface of the bale.

  • Chamber Film Results In Better Shaped Bales

When plastic is applied to the barrel of the bale it can be stretched to approximately 20%. The stretch ratio is higher than what can be achieved with net wrap or twine and as a result the material is kept tighter, which ultimately results in better bale shape.

  • Chamber Film Delivers Higher Quality Silage

As the plastic is being stretched as it is being applied to the barrel of the bale it expels more air than net wrap would and as a consequence results in better silage quality.

  • Chamber Film Makes Recycling Easier

As plastic is used to both bind the bale in the bale chamber and to wrap the bale, on feed out the farmer will be left with one form of waste. This reduces the time needed to feed the bale and avoids the unpleasant and time consuming job of separating the twine or net wrap from the plastic before the plastic is to be recycled.

 

McHale Fusion 3 Plus – iTouch Control Unit

The McHale Fusion 3 Plus is a fully automatic machine which is controlled by the McHale iTouch Control Unit. The McHale “iTouch System” has a 7 inch colour touch screen monitor, which allows for increased levels of monitoring, through its colour graphic display.

Inbuilt Camera

The iTouch monitor features a Camera to monitor wrapper operation.

The camera can work in two modes:

  • Manual monitoring
  • Automatic monitoring

The iTouch control unit also has an inbuilt systems to ensure that the plastic is applied to the bale.

The operator can adjust the number of layers of film on film being applied to the bale and can also adjust the stretch of the film being applied to the bale in the bale chamber from the comfort of the tractor cab.

The operator can select, if they want:

  • the knives in the chopper unit on or off
  • the machine to tip or hold the wrapped bale
  • a ‘bale only’ programme for hay or straw
  • to record multiple bale totals
  • a lube alarm
  • various bale transfer options depending on ground conditions
 
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Film on film technology refers to the application of film to the barrel of the bale in the bale chamber. The film binds the bale together as it passes from the baler to the bale wrapper, which eliminates the need for string or net wrap. The film that binds the bale together forms a wrap layer and gives better film or plastic coverage on the largest surface of the bale.

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The Advantages

  • Chamber Film Acts As A Wrapping Layer

The plastic which is added to the barrel of the bale to keep the bale together as the bale passes from the baler to the wrapper also forms part of the wrapping process and adds value by placing more plastic on the largest surface of the bale.

  • Chamber Film Results In Better Shaped Bales

When plastic is applied to the barrel of the bale it can be stretched to approximately 20%. The stretch ratio is higher than what can be achieved with net wrap or twine and as a result the material is kept tighter, which ultimately results in better bale shape.

  • Chamber Film Delivers Higher Quality Silage

As the plastic is being stretched as it is being applied to the barrel of the bale it expels more air than net wrap would and as a consequence results in better silage quality.

  • Chamber Film Makes Recycling Easier

As plastic is used to both bind the bale in the bale chamber and to wrap the bale, on feed out the farmer will be left with one form of waste. This reduces the time needed to feed the bale and avoids the unpleasant and time consuming job of separating the twine or net wrap from the plastic before the plastic is to be recycled.

 

The McHale Fusion 3 Plus is a fully automatic machine which is controlled by the McHale i Touch Control Unit.

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The McHale “i Touch System” has a 7 inch colour touch screen monitor, which allows for increased levels of monitoring, through its colour graphic display.

The i Touch control unit also has inbuilt systems to ensure that the plastic is applied to the bale.
The operator can adjust the number of layers of film of film being applied to the bale and can also adjust the stretch of the film being applied to the bale in the bale chamber from the comfort of the tractor cab.
The operator can select, if they want:

  • the knives in the chopper unit on or off
  • the machine to tip or hold the wrapped bale
  • a ‘bale only’ programme for hay or straw
  • to record multiple bale totals
  • a lube alarm
  • various bale transfer options depending on ground conditions

McHale Fusion 3 Plus – Inbuilt Camera modes
The i Touch monitor features a Camera to monitor wrapper operation.

The Inbuilt camera can work in two modes:

  1. Manual monitoring
    At any point in the cycle the operator can switch to camera mode to view the wrapper and rear of the machine on the i Touch screen.
  2. Automatic monitoring
    In automatic mode the camera will automatically appear on the screen at a number of pre-determined points such as, when the bale tip is pressed or when the first layers of plastic are being applied by the vertical wrapping ring.
 

The bale chamber on the McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper splits horizontally (like a clam shell) and the lower section of the bale chamber doubles as a transfer mechanism to transfer the netted bale into the vertical wrapping ring. This unique McHale patented system delivers a number of advantages over other integrated baler wrappers, namely in terms of;

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  1. The McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper is 5.8 metres long. Overall it is shorter and more maneuverable than the competition. This is a distinct advantage when working in small fields or hilly conditions.
  2. On the McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper, the bale transfer takes place as the bale chamber is opening & closing. As the transfer occurs in one movement or step as the baler is opening and closing, the transfer does not reduce the machines output when compared with a traditional fixed chamber round baler.
  3. On the McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper, the transfer occurs in one pass taking less than 10 seconds. This guarantees maximum speed and output. If the one step patented McHale bale transfer is 10 seconds faster than competing machines two step transfers, this results in a time saving of 10 minutes (assuming a production of 60 bales/ per hour).
  4. On the McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper, as the bale transfer takes place the side walls of the lower section of the bale chamber support the bale and stop it from moving to the right or to the left when the Fusion 3 Plusintegrated baler wrapper is working in hilly conditions.
  5. The McHale Fusion 3Plus integrated baler wrapper has a single pass bale transfer, which means the bale is transferred into the vertical wrapping ring as the bale chamber opens and closes, this eliminates doubling handling methods such as a secondary transfer arm or moving table between the bale chamber and the wrapping area on the machine. As a result of the single pass bale transfer on the McHale Fusions the machine is faster and more reliable as the bale does not have to be handled twice. Also output is increased as the machine does not have to pause for long periods on the swarth, as it waits for the bale transfer to take place.

 

 

On the McHale Fusion 3 Plus Integrated Baler Wrapper the left hand side of the gearbox drives the rollers in the bale chamber, while the pick up and chopper unit are driven from the right hand side of the machine. This system ensures direct short transfer paths and optimal power distribution.

 
 

The McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper is fitted with a high capacity 2.1 metre galvanised pick up which lifts even the shortest of crop. Accurate height control can be achieved through a spring balanced hydraulic lifting system. The pick up is fitted with lateral feed augers that smoothly guide the crop into the chopping unit.

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The pick up features:

  • five rows of tines
  • double raced cam bearings
  • slip clutch protection
  • cam side inspection port for checking or changing pick up bearings

A crop compression roller is also available as an optional extra on the Fusion 3. This roller evens out lumps in the swarth and minimises the risk of blockages when working in heavy swarths.

 

The rotor design encourages a uniform crop flow, which reduces the risk of blockage, thus maximising output. The chopping unit features 25 knives. Knives in the chopping unit are made from hardened tool steel and can be engaged and disengaged from the tractor cab. When engaged the knives extend into the spine of the rotor, which ensures a consistent chop quality.

 
 

As baling conditions are not always ideal, uneven swarths can occur which can lead to blockages. The main drive chain on the Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper is protected by a slip clutch on the PTO.

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  1. Should a blockage occur, the sound of the slip clutch alerts the operator who can hydraulically lower the floor from the tractor cab.
  2. This widens the chopper unit feed channel, on re-engaging the pto the blockage can be fed through.
  3. The floor can then be reset and baling can resume.
 

The bale chamber on the McHale Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper produces a 1.23 X 1.25 metre round bale. The heavy-duty bale chamber consists of 18 heavy-duty rollers, which are made from high-grade tubular steel. At all times the roller design ensures positive bale rotation. The roller shafts are 50mm on the drive and non drive side and are fitted with 50mm double raced bearings on main load points on the drive side.

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The McHale Fusion 3 Plusintegrated baler wrapper is fitted with heavy-duty drive chains and sprockets, which ensure long life and minimum down time.

  • Drive side chains are 1-1/4 inch (20B)
  • Rotor chain is 1 inch duplex (16B-2)
  • Pick up chains are 3/4 inch (60H)

The roller ends are fitted with a McHale designed reverse thread sealing system, which ensures that any material, which tries to get into bearings, is automatically threaded out.

 

The bearings and chains are supported by a progressive greasing and oiling system.

  • Each time a bale is ejected from the wrapping table on the machine, oil and grease pass through the respective progressive blocks.
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The blocks measure and regulate the amount of grease and oil going to the bearings and chains.This ensures that the machine consistently delivers the correct amount of oil or grease depending on the load the components are under.

  • The chamber drive chains, rotor chain and pick up chains receive a measured amount of oil.
  • At the same time the chamber rollers on the drive and non-drive side, rotor bearings and pick up gears automatically receive a measured amount of pressurised grease.
  • After a pre-set number of bales a lube alarm will sound reminding the operator to top up the lubrication system.

 

 

The vertical wrapping ring on the Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrapper is fitted with two 750mm dispensers, which take approximately 20 seconds to apply 4 layers of film and 30 seconds to apply six layers of film using both dispensers. This means the wrapping platform is always waiting for the next bale.

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The dispensers are fitted with film break sensors, which notify the operator through the control box in the tractor cab if one or both dispensers run out of film. If one dispenser runs out of film the Fusion 3 Plus will continue working and automatically slow bale rotation and increase the number of rotations of the wrapping ring to ensure that the round bale is wrapped correctly.

 

On the last rotation of the wrapping cycle the cut and holds extend out and the wrapping film is gently supported in the cut and hold rails, once supported the cut and hold gathers the wrapping film to one point where it is cut and held. This system makes the Fusion 3 Plus integrated baler wrappers performance much more reliable particularly in hot or wet conditions.

 
 

Selectable knives provides the operator with three options. They can choose to engage and chop with a bank of 12 knives or a bank of 13 knives. Should fine chopping be required the operator can choose to engage both knife banks, which will give a 25 knife chopper system – capable of delivering a theoretical chop length of 46mm.

 
 

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Technical Data

Length 5.8m
Width 2.76/2.94m*
Height 3.02m
Weight 5650Kgs

Working width 2100mm
Tine Bars 5
Tine Spacing 70mm
Pick Up Lift Hydraulic
Pick Up Guide Wheels (pneumatic) Standard

 


Max No. of Knives 25
Theoretical Chop Length 46mm
Unblocking System Drop Floor
Knife Control Hydraulic from Tractor Cab
Knife Protection Hydraulic

 Number of Rollers 18
Width (m) 1.23
Diameter (m) 1.25
Greasing Progressive (Standard)
Bearings 50mm**

Type Plastic or Net
Layer Adjustment InCab
Wrap Roll Capacity 1+1 Storage
Wrap System Infinite Stretch
Control Manual or Automatic

System Vertical Wrapping Ring
Film Storage 10 Rolls & 2 on the Wrapper
Film Layers 2+2+2 System
Dispensers 70%2 x 750mm
Film Stretch 70% standard (55% optional)

Pick Up Protection Slip Clutch
Main Drive Protection Cam Clutch
Gearbox Split Drive
Chain Lubrication Progressive (Standard)

Density Adjustment On Baler Valve
Operation Fully Automatic Electronic
Control System i Touch System
InBuilt Camera Standard

Tyre Sizes 560/60R 22.5 (standard) 650/50R 22.5 (optional)
Electronics 12 Volt DC, 7 amp approx.
Min. Hydraulic Flow 45 litres / min at 180 bar
Hydraulic System Open, Closed or Load Sensing
Minimum PTO Power Requirements 80kW (107hp)

*Width will depend on tyre selection.

**Bearings are 50mm double raced on the main load points


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Robert Hamiliton McHale Fusion 3 Plus

Robert Hamilton worked for a contractor in 2001, when the contractor he worked for was exiting the business Robert took on the 2000 bales he was doing.

 
Mar 30th, 2016|

William Morrin McHale Fusion 3 Plus

William Morrin runs an arable farming and contracting business in Enfield, Co. Meath.

 
Mar 30th, 2016|

Helmut Hadwiger McHale Fusion 3 Plus

Helmut Hadwiger is a farmer who also runs a contracting business in Austria baling with a McHale Fusion 3 Plus.

 
Dec 9th, 2015|
 
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