Fixed Chamber Round Balers

F5600 – 25 Knife Chopper Baler

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At the higher end of the McHale F5000 Fixed Chamber Round Baler Range is the McHale F5600 fully automatic round baler, this is the highest specification round baler in the McHale F5000 round baler range.

The McHale F5600 is fitted with a servo operated load sensing control valve and an expert plus control console, which makes the round baling process fully automatic.


Once the round bale is formed, net is automatically applied; the tailgate then automatically opens releasing the high density round bale, the tailgate on the F5600 baler then automatically closes and pressurises.

The F5600 fully automatic round baler comes standard with all the high specification features of the F5500 round baler but also benefits from;

  • An Expert Plus Control Console with a Large Graphic Display
  • A High Capacity 25 Knife Rotor (Optional)
  • Automatic Tailgate Operation
  • Drop Floor Unblocking Cycle
  • Bale Kicker Sensor
  • In Cab Net Adjustment
  • In Cab Bale Density Adjustment

On the McHale F5600 Fully Automatic Round Baler, the left hand side of the gearbox drives 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 F5600 fully automatic round baler is equipped with a 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 F5600 fully automatic round baler comes standard with pneumatic guide wheels, which contact the ground on exactly the same line as the tines and guide the pick up perfectly over uneven ground.

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The pick up on the F5600 fully automatic baler is fitted with lateral feed augers that smoothly guide the crop into the chopping unit. 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 McHale F5600 fully automatic round baler. This roller evens out lumps in the swarth and minimises the risk of blockages when working in heavy swarths.


The McHale F5600 fully automatic round baler is equipped with the same high capacity 25 knife chopper unit and rotor as the McHale Fusion 3 integrated baler wrapper. As crop enters the spiral rotor, pairs of rotating tines feed the crop through the chopping unit. The double tines on the rotor ensure high output while the spiral layout reduces the load peaks as the F5600 fully automatic round baler works in heavy swarths.

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Also the rotor design maximises output by encouraging a uniform crop flow, which reduces the risk of blockages. With all 25 knive engaged, a theoretical chop length of 46mm is delivered. Knives can be engaged and disengaged from the tractor cab and are protected hydraulically against foreign objects.


The McHale F5600 fully automatic round baler is designed to achieve maximum output, however as baling conditions are not always ideal, uneven swarths can occur, which can lead to blockages. The main drive chain on the F5600 fully automatic baler 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 feed channel, on re-engaging the PTO the blockage will be fed through.
  3. The floor can then be reset and baling can resume.

The bale chamber on the McHale F5600 fully automatic round baler produces a 1.23 X 1.25 metre round bale. The bale chamber on the F5600 baler is comprised of 18 heavy duty rollers. Chamber bearings are 50mm, with double raced bearings on the main load points to stand up to the most testing conditions.

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The F5600 fully automatic baler is fitted with heavy-duty drive chains and sprockets, which ensure long life and minimum down time.

  • Drive side chains are1-1/4 inch (20B)
  • Rotor chain is 1 inch Duplex (16B-2)
  • Pick up chains are 3/4 inch (60H)

On the F5600 round baler, the roller ends are fitted with a McHale designed reverse thread sealing system, which ensures that any material, which tries to get into the back of the rollers, is automatically threaded out.


The bearings are supported by a progressive greasing system.

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

  • The chamber rollers, rotor bearings and pick up gears automatically receive a measured amount of pressurised grease.
  • The Chamber chains, Rotor chain, Pick up chains and Pick up cam track is oiled continuously from the oil pump, which is driven by the gearbox.
  • After a preset number of bales a lube alarm will sound reminding the operator to top up the lubrication system.



Once the bale is netted in the chamber of the McHale F5600 round baler, the tailgate of the baler automatically opens, allowing the high-density round bale to be ejected. Once the bale has passed over the bale kicker the tailgate of the baler automatically closes, allowing the operator to continue baling.

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If the F5600 round baler is operating in hilly conditions the operator can choose to control the bale ejection process with the simple press of a button. On selecting this option the tailgate of the baler will open to release the bale, close and pressurise once the high density round bale has been released.


The McHale F5600 fully automatic round baler has a sensor on the bale kicker, which ensures that the bale has been ejected from the chamber before the tailgate closes.


An Expert Plus Control Console, which features a large graphic display, controls the McHale F5600 round baler; this allows the operator to monitor the baling process graphically from the control console.

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The expert plus control box features;

  • Knife Display
  • Door Position Display
  • Drop Floor Control
  • Bale Kicker Sensor
  • Lube Alarm
  • Volume Control

Bale Density and the amount of net being applied to the bale can be adjusted through the control console without the operator ever having to leave the tractor cab.


A new high performance netter has been designed and developed for the F5000 range.

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The net tension can be simply adjusted on a variable pulley on the right hand side of the machine and a decal displays the various settings that can be achieved using the system, depending on the net quality being used. This netter is very reliable and features:

  • Endless adjustment of tension to ensure optimum net usage and bale shape.
  • Capacity to take rolls of net wrap up to 1300mm.
  • 180-degree wrap around on the rubber feed roller, eliminating any net slippage while feeding.

Net loading has been optimised on the F5000 baler range by the simple yet very effective rock and roll net loading system. The operator simply releases the straps on the spare roll of net on the machine platform and rocks the net roll from its storage position over the lip in the platform and rolls it into the net box. Storage for an extra roll of net is provided on the baler platform.



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Technical Data

Width 2.58m
Length 4.05m
Weight 3700kg
Height 2.45m

Pick Up Lift Hydraulic
Crop Roller Optional
Short Crop Guard Standard
Tine Spacing 70mm
Tine Bars 5
Working Width 2100mm
Pick Up Guide Wheels Standard

Unblocking System Drop Floor
Knife Deactivation Hydraulic from Cab
Knife protection Hydraulic
Theoretical Chop Length 46mm
Number of Knives 25

Width (m) 1.23
Diameter (m) 1.25
Greasing Automatic Progressive
Bearings 50mm**
Number of Rollers 18
Bale Chamber Feed Fusion Rotor

Net Adjustment In Cab
Net Roll Capacity 1+1 Storage
Net System Vario Stretch
Control Manual or Automatic

Chain Lubrication Continuous
Pick Up Protection Slip Clutch
Main Drive Protection Cam Clutch
Gearbox Split Drive

Density Adjustment In Cab
Operation Automatic
Control System Expert Plus

Axle 8 Stud
Road Lights Standard
Bale Kicker Indicator Standard
Tyres Standard 500/50 – 22.5

** Bearings are double raced on the main load points
Hydraulics 2 double acting spools
Minimum Power Requirement 75kW (100hp)

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