NEW styling is the first of many changes New Holland has implemented on its latest range of large square balers, the BB9000 series.
New Holland baler product manager Tony Peters said the BB9000 series represented a new design of baler from the ground up.
"There are many new features in these balers that are suited to general use or high-end contract work," Tony said.
The new BB balers provide owners with a choice of bale sizes - 80cm x 90cm x 2.6m in length or 120cm x 90cm and up to 2.6m in length.
The are two base models, the BB9060 and the BB9080. Both can be set up with a variety of factory options to suit their use.
There's also a choice of knife configurations, a more manoeuvrable hitch design and an upgraded double-knotter system.
The knife options provide flexibility when it comes to ensuring maximum feed value of the fodder.
New Holland's fine-chop cutter with 23 knives is standard on the BB9060, with 33 knives the standard on the BB9080.
A medium chop configuration with 11 or 17 knives is available as a factory-fitted option. The slide-out knife drawer is easily accessed to allow quick and convenient knife sharpening. Chopping length can be varied according to the knife set up, from 39mm to 156mm.
The new BB9000s retain New Holland's W-pattern rotor, which spreads the cutting force and creates a smooth cutting action, reducing power requirement and fuel consumption.
Another upgrade has been to the BB9000's stuffer mechanism, which increases in speed as crop is moved from the pre-compression chamber to the bale chamber.
The standard model 9060 has a pick-up width of 1.98m, while the 9080 has a 2.25m pick-up. Balers with a roto cutting option have a 2.4m pick-up width.
Controlling the balers is done via New Holland's IntelliView III colour touchscreen monitor, which is standard equipment and the same monitor as those in New Holland tractors and combines. A no-monitor option can be used with any ISOBUS-compatible tractor so complete baler information and controls are possible using the tractor's built-in monitor.
The IntelliView III monitor is also compatible with a dealer-installed rear-view camera.
Also available as a dealer-installed option is a kit that offers electronic bale length tripping, length settings and knotter tripping, all from the tractor cab.
An optional moisture sensing system uses two-star wheels to penetrate the bale for accurate measurement and can also be used for the application of additives.
Developed for the BB9000, New Holland's optional bale weighing system is an industry first.
The new slim hitch design allows tight headland turns. An auto-steer tandem axle set up is optional.
The BB9000 series balers will be available from August or September.