F550 – Fixed Chamber Baler


As with all McHale machines the McHale F550 fixed chamber round baler has been designed with the demands of today’s farmer and contractors in mind. This common sense approach to design ensures, that machine operation is kept simple and user friendly. Standard Features on the F550 Round Baler include:

  • 2 Meter Pick Up
  • Drop Floor Unblocking System
  • 15 Knife Chopper System
  • Heavy Duty Rollers with a Specifically Designed Sealing System
  • High Quality Chains and Bearings
  • Progressive Greasing and Oiling
  • User Friendly Electronics
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Built to last and developed and tested on some of the worlds most rugged terrain, the McHale product range is known worldwide for its durability, reliability, innovation and value for money.

McHale recognise that there is constant pressure on businesses to reduce costs. As with all McHale machines the F500 range of Fixed Chamber balers has been designed with the demands of today’s farmers and contractors in mind.


Customer Opinions


“The McHale F550 has performed very well and we are particularly impressed with the bale shape, the quality of the chop and the overall build quality of the machine.”



“The McHale F550 works well in tough conditions, the McHale F550 has everything you need on a baler. The auto greaser is a big plus on the machine along with the heavy-duty chains and bearings. You can drive on with the F550 and still make a good dense bale. The McHale F550 is a true high output baler.”


“We have tried a lot of Balers and now run a McHale F550.There was nothing spared in the build of the McHale F550. It is a very rugged machine with every part of the machine extra strong for our harsh Irish conditions. We would not look at another baler after using the McHale F550.”


“It has a very strong build, as well as ease of operation/maintenance. I was very impressed with the speed of baling. Two features which really stand out are the chopping system and the netting system which are both excellent.”


“I saw a lot of F550’s working out in the field and they were a trouble-free baler. I liked the greasing system, as well as the ribbed roller system. This is a trouble-free baler and a great baler to take a heavy swarth”.


“I first saw the McHale F550 on the AgroMash exhibition in 2009. My first impressions were very good. The McHale F550 had a very strong construction with a split drive gearbox, heavy duty chains, bearings and rollers.”

“I have had no problems with my McHale F550. Unlike my other round balers, my McHale F550 can bale straw all day long even in the hottest of days. The chopping quality in silage is very good. I feel I made a good choice in buying my McHale F550.”



“It’s a very quick baler. The spiral rotor seems to have the ability to clear the pick up quickly and it has no problem handling lumpy swarths.”

“On several occasions we ran the McHale F550 and the other baler side by side; the McHale kept going when the other one had to slow down. The drop floor unblocking system and in-cab control box are comprehensive but straight forward to use”


F550 Buyer’s Guide

At first glance, McHale F550 balers might appear to have changed little over their product life cycle — from their launch in 2005 to the 2011 season, when the final machines were built. Under the skin, however, the balers saw significant development for the 2008 model year, with the occasional nip and tuck in between. James de Havilland for Profi Magazine reports.


Top 10 Checks When Buying a Used McHale F550 Baler

McHale showed their first fixed chamber baler in 2005. Over 10 years on, we will look at the way the F550 has developed as a baler and evolved into the F5500.