New Holland declared the introduction of the BigBaler 340 High Density this month at the 2020 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. This large square baler was meant to produce bales as much as 22% higher density than conventional large square balers, slicing handling and transport costs for business hay producers and large livestock operations.
The BigBaler 340 High Density has the longest bale change in its section and a plunger force of up to 58% over New Holland’s Plus models. The plunger operates at speeds as much as 48 strokes per 60 seconds.
Product manager Jordan Milewski explains this new baler was developed to fill the market gap between standard density balers and the ultra-high density (UHD) balers.
Along with denser bales, the BigBaler 340 High Density has a new knotter program New Holland calls Loop-Master.
Though the Loop-Master nonetheless makes use of the traditional double tie style of the knot, the knots are more reliable, he explains. “A double knotter ties the first knot on the bale fills the bale, and to finish the bale, it ties a second knot.
The Loop-Master builds that first knot a loop knot, which is different than the traditional box knot.
Another benefit of the Loop-Master is bales are not contaminated with loose twine tails. Not only are these tails from traditional knotters wasteful, however, the little pieces of twine can jam the machine and cause trouble.