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The McHale Fusion 3 Pro is a fully automatic integrated baler wrapper which is controlled by the iTouch control console. The McHale Fusion 3 Pro provides new levels of operator comfort with its large 7″ touch screen monitor, in-cab net and density adjustment, camera, and faster wrapping speeds along with a host of other features. The McHale Fusion 3 Pro uses net to bind the bale in the chamber and features the McHale patented bale transfer and vertical wrapping ring, which are noted for their reliability, speed and positive bale transfer in hilly conditions.

iTouch Control Console with Touch Screen

The operators link to this efficient machine is the iTouch Control Console with its large 7” touch screen monitor. The McHale Fusion 3 Pro comes fitted with a camera as standard to monitor the transfer and wrapping operation at the rear of the machine. The camera image automatically displays on the 7” monitor in the tractor cab at key points throughout the cycle – when the bale is being transferred to the wrapping table, at the beginning of the wrapping cycle and when the bale is about to be tipped. The iTouch control console has a second camera input if required.

From the iTouch console, the operator can adjust bale density and the number of layers of net from the comfort of the tractor cab.

Other new features include:

  • Automatic Drop Floor Reset

An automatic drop floor reset as standard. If a blockage occurs the operator can press one button on the iTouch which lowers the floor. After the PTO is re-engaged and the blockage is fed through, the drop floor will automatically raise and the knives will reset to their original position.

  • Automatic Knife Drop Feature

An automatic knife drop feature can be enabled from the iTouch control console in the cab. This allows for the operator to chop the grass until the bale is 95% complete, at which point the machine will automatically drop out the knives, which depending on the feeding method improves fodder distribution, keeping the bale neater when the net is removed.

  • End of Wrapping Roll Function

An end of wrapping roll function – this allows the bale to be rolled after wrapping has finished to ensure the plastic is bound tightly to the bale.

  • Bale Tip Speed Adjustment

A bale tip speed adjustment can be adjusted from the tractor cab, which is particularly beneficial on undulating ground conditions when the machine is fitted with a side tip to place the bales on their ends.

  • Output for Controlling a Crop Additive Applicator

An output for controlling a crop additive applicator is featured on the iTouch control console. Once the operator has the PTO running this will engage an aftermarket crop additive applicator. During the application of the net and transfer of the bale, the applicator will automatically switch off in order to avoid the wastage of additive. An optional headland management kit is also available to detect when the pickup is raised at headlands and switch off the applicator to avoid further wastage of additive.

  • Reset Total Reminder

A “Reset total reminder” to prompt the operator to reset the customer total when changing between fields.

  • USB Export Feature

A USB export feature allows for the bale totals and customer details for each individual customer to be exported to a USB, providing for a seamless transfer to the farmers or contractors’ records.

 

 

Optional Extras

There are a number of additional optional extras available on the McHale Fusion 3 Pro which include:

  • Bale Weighing System

If the machine is fitted with the optional bale weighing system, this reading will also be displayed on the iTouch screen. The bale weighing system records the weight of each bale and the average bale weight for the job is displayed in the customer profile section on the i Touch control console.

  • Bale Moisture Recording

If a customer specifies their machine is to be fitted with the optional bale moisture recording system, a figure will be displayed as an average moisture content reading of the bale on the i Touch control console. This average value is then accumulated in the on-screen customer profile.

  • Optional Receipt Printer

An optional printer is also available to allow for a customised receipt to be printed which includes information on customer details, number of bales, chopped or non-chopped bale details, wrapped on un-wrapped bale details, average moisture content and average bale weight.

  • Camless Pick Up

6 tine bars fitted with a double crop roller.

  • Selectable Knives

Two banks of knives with 0,12,13 or 25 knife chopping options.

  • Net Loading Device

McHale introduced this very popular option in 2019 to make net loading much more user friendly.

  • Side Tip

A side tip can be fitted to the machine to place the bales on their ends as they are tipped. This is beneficial when working in stalky crops where the customer does not want the bale to get damaged or roll.

  • Tyres

 McHale offer a number of tyre upgrades depending on customer preferences and ground conditions.

 
Features

The McHale “iTouch System” is a modern control console featuring the latest in touch screen technology. The iTouch boasts a large 7″ colour screen in a rugged, hard-wearing enclosure displaying all the information that a user requires to monitor how the machine is performing.

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This touch screen monitor features a 7″ colour screen with easy to understand icons that control various functions on the machine. The McHale iTouch system was specifically designed and tested to be user-friendly and this approach is reflected in its full colour screen and graphic display of all machine settings and functions. The iTouch control console, when combined with the load sensing valve on the McHale Fusion 3 Pro is capable of making baling and wrapping fully automatic.

The operator can select, if they want:

  • the knives in the chopper unit on or off
  • bale density & binding adjustment
  • 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
  • pre & post roll

McHale Fusion 3 Pro – Camera
The iTouch 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 rear of the machine on the iTouch screen.
  2. Automatic monitoring
    In automatic mode the camera will automatically appear on the screen at points such as, when the bale tip is pressed.
 

The bale chamber on the McHale Fusion 3 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro integrated baler wrapper is working in hilly conditions.
  5. The McHale Fusion 3 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro. 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 Pro 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.

Automatic Drop Floor Reset

Automatic drop floor reset comes as standard on the McHale Fusion 3 Pro. If a blockage occurs the operator can press one button on the iTouch which lowers the floor. After the PTO is re-engaged and the blockage is fed through, the drop floor will automatically raise and the knives will reset to their original position.

Automatic Knife Drop Feature

This feature can be enabled on Fusion 3 Pro from the iTouch control console in the cab. This allows for the operator to chop the grass until the bale is almost complete, at which point the machine will automatically drop out the knives. Depending on the feeding method, this improves fodder distribution, keeping the bale neater when the net or film is removed.

 

The bale chamber on the McHale Fusion 3 Pro is comprised of an 18 roller bale chamber. The bale chamber diameter is 1.23m x 1.25m (4′ ½” x 4′ 1¼”) and is formed from heavy duty rollers. The 18 rollers are formed from high-grade tubular steel and deliver maximum traction, improved bale rotation and enhanced machine performance producing well-shaped and uniform bales. As a result of having an 18 roller bale chamber, the Fusion 3 range is noted for superior performance in dry crops such as hay and straw.

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The McHale Fusion 3 Pro integrated baler wrapper is fitted with heavy-duty drive chains and sprockets, which ensure long life and minimum downtime.

  • 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 McHale Fusion 3 Pro is fitted with a pressurised oiling system. Depending on working conditions the operator can adjust the oil flow to the following chains which are serviced by the system:

  • Chamber Drive Side Chains
  • Rotor Drive Chain
  • Pick-Up Drive Chains & Cam Track
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Automatic Greasing

The McHale Fusion 3 Pro integrated baler wrapper is fitted with an automatic greasing system as standard. This pressurised system delivers a measured amount of grease around the machine after every bale cycle. Automatic greasing saves time as it reduces the amount of manual greasing to be done by the operator. A lube alarm sounds after 300 bales to inform the operator to refill the grease cartridge. The following components are greased:

  • Bale Chamber Drive
  • Bale Chamber Non-Drive Side
  • Rotor Bearings Drive
  • Rotor Bearings Non-Drive Side
  • Pick-Up Drive Gears

 

 

The vertical wrapping ring on the Fusion 3 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro integrated baler wrappers performance much more reliable, particularly in hot or wet conditions.

 
 

Selectable knives provide 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 5550Kgs

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 Automatic Drop Floor
Knife Control Hydraulic from Tractor Cab
Knife Protection Hydraulic
Auto Knife Drop Standard

 Number of Rollers 18
Width (m) 1.23
Diameter (m) 1.25
Greasing Progressive (Standard)
Bearings 55mm**

Type Net
Layer Adjustment InCab
Wrap Roll Capacity 1+1 Storage
Wrap System Pivot Stretch Netter (4 bar)
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)
Pre & Post Roll Standard
Bale Tip adjustment Standard

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

Density Adjustment In-Cab
Operation Fully Automatic Electronic
Control System iTouch System
InBuilt Camera 1 x Inbuilt Camera

Tyre Sizes 560/60R 22.5 (standard)
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 55mm double raced on the main load points


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