The McHale F5500 is a semi-automatic, 15 knife chopper Fixed Chamber Baler, which comes fitted with automatic progressive greasing as standard. It is equipped with a Wizard Plus Control Box, which allows the operator to control features such as drop floor and knife position. Bale density can also be adjusted on the machine. The machine is fitted with 500/50-17 tyres as standard.
|2.1m Pick-Up||15 Knife Heavy Duty Feed Rotor||Drop Floor Unblocking System|
|50 mm Bale Chamber Bearings*||1¼” Chain on the Bale Chamber||Progressive Greasing System|
|Continuous Oiling System||Wizard Plus Control Console||500/50-17 Tyres|
|18 Roller Bale Chamber||High Performance Vario Stretch Netter||Bale Kicker|
|* 55 mm bearings fitted to rollers with long shafts and double sprockets|
Over the last decade, McHale has designed and developed various types of pick-ups. After extensive testing, McHale decided it will offer customers the choice of 2 pick-up options depending on their working conditions:
The specially designed McHale pick-up is positioned close to the rotor to improve delivery of the crop through the rotor to the bale chamber. Large diameter lateral feed augers help direct crop to the bale chamber ensuring a consistent and even crop flow for producing high density bales.
Over the course of a baling season, machines have to work with different volumes of crop. McHale have designed an adaptive intake which allows the intake area to automatically adjust for light and heavy crops to facilitate a smooth crop flow into the chamber.
A 540rpm Split Drive Gearbox is fitted to all machines in the McHale Fixed Chamber Range as standard. The gearbox design ensures that power is evenly distributed to both sides of the machine.
The star shaped, twin finger feed rotor ensures a high-capacity flow of crop into the bale chamber.
To ensure a consistent and even chop quality, two chopping options have been developed for the McHale fixed chamber machines.
All McHale F5500 machines have the option to be fitted with a selectable knife system. Various knife configurations can be chosen depending on the knife bank specification.
For over a decade, all machines in the fixed chamber baler range are fitted with the McHale Drop Floor Unblocking System, a feature which operators have come to love for it’s simplicity of use and effective unblocking cycle.
The bale chamber on the McHale F5500 is comprised of an 18 roller bale chamber. It has a diameter of 1.23m x 1.25m (4′ ½” x 4′ 1¼”) and is formed from heavy duty rollers.
The McHale fixed chamber range of balers are all fitted with a continuous oiling system. Once the PTO is engaged, the continuous oiling system constantly lubricates the chains to ensure a long lifetime. A lube alarm sounds after 300 bales to inform the operator to refill the oil tank.
A high performance netter has been designed and developed for the F5000 range. The net tension can be simply adjusted on a variable pulley on the right hand side of the machine.
Net loading has been optimised on the F5000 baler range by the simple yet very effective rock and roll net loading system.
The F5500 is equipped with the Wizard Plus Control Box. This contains a large graphic display which allows the operator to control machine features such as drop floor and knife position
McHale machines work in different conditions around the world. To optimise machine performance, we offer a number of options in the McHale Fixed Chamber Baler range. We recommend you speak with your local dealer/distributor as regards the best configuration to meet your requirements.
Watch the video for the McHale F5500 15 Knife Chopper Baler which with all 15 knifes engaged, can deliver a theoretical chop length of 65mm. It comes standard with the McHale Drop Floor Unblocking System, Heavy Duty Bearings on the bale chamber, heavy-duty chains and a continuous oiling system.
James Mulhall farms in the centre of Ireland with a mixed enterprise of dairy, beef and tillage. We spoke to him about his decision to buy a McHale F5500 and how it suits his farm.
Tune into the second of our three part series to find out how McHale experts setup and adjust their machines to save money and obtain maximum efficiency and output.
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|Length||4.05 m (13’3″)|
|Weight||3500 kg (7,716 lbs)|
|Height||2.45 m (8′)|
|*Width will depend on tyre selection|
|Working Width||2100 mm (6’11”)|
|Pick Up Guide Wheels||Standard|
|Pick Up Lift||Hydraulic|
|Short Crop Guard||Standard|
|Tine spacing||70 mm (2 3/4”)|
|Number of Knives||15|
|Theoretical Chop Length||65 mm|
|Knife Deactivation||Hydraulic from Cab|
|Unblocking System||Drop Floor|
|Width||1.23 m (4′)|
|Diameter||1.25 m (4’1”)|
|Number of Rollers||18|
|Bale Chamber Feed||Baler Rotor|
|**Bearings are 55mm double raced on the main load points|
|Net Adjustment||Manual on Baler|
|Net System||Vario Stretch|
|Net Roll Capacity||1 + 1 Storage|
|Control||Manual or Automatic|
|Main Drive Protection||Cam Clutch|
|Pick Up Protection||Slip Clutch|
|Control System||Wizard Plus Control Console|
|Density Adjustment||On Baler Valve|
|Tyres Standard||500/50 – 17|
|Tyres Optional||500/50 – 22.5|
|Bale Kicker Indicator||N/A|
|Minimum Power Requirement||67kW (90hp)|
|Hydraulics||2 Double Acting Spools|