F5600 Plus High Performance Film Binding Baler
Over the last decade the McHale range of balers have been operating in over 5 continents in some of the world’s most difficult conditions. McHale balers have developed a reputation for providing high output, excellent reliability, operator comfort and top resale value.
The F5000 range of balers brings baling to a new level with features like progressive greasing and oiling, our drop floor unblocking system which combined with our high specification components, ensures long life, reliability and a machine that is rugged enough to handle the toughest of crops and ground conditions.
The McHale F5600 PLUS is fitted with a servo operated load sensing control valve, which makes the baling process fully automatic. The machine is also equipped with a 25 knife chopping unit and an in chamber film bale binding system.
The F5600 Plus fully automatic round baler comes standard with all the high specification features of the F5600 round baler but also benefits from;
- A High Performance Film Binding System
- An Expert Plus Control Console with a Large Graphic Display
- Automatic Tailgate Operation
- Knife Pressure Display
- Knife Position Sensor
- Load Sensing Valve
The concept of putting film on the barrel of the bale is known as “Film binding technology.” The plastic which is applied to the barrel of the bale forms an additional layer of wrap across the largest surface of the bale, whilst also binding the bale together.
The film which is applied to the barrel of the bale can be stretched to approximately 20%, a higher ratio than what can be achieved with net wrap. This additional layer of film on the barrel of the bale provides higher quality silage as the film can be stretched more than net. This in turn, expels more air, resulting in better silage quality.
By using film to bind the bale together, recycling is made easier as the farmer is only left with one form of waste to recycle and can avoid the unpleasant and time consuming job of separating net from the plastic.
Advantages of Film Binding
Chamber Film Acts As A Wrapping Layer
The plastic which is added to the barrel of the bale to keep the bale together also forms part of the wrapping process. This adds value by placing more plastic on the largest surface of the bale.
Chamber Film Results In Better Shaped Bales
When plastic is applied to the barrel of the bale it can be stretched to approximately 20%. The stretch ratio is higher than what can be achieved with net wrap or twine and as a result the material is kept tighter, which ultimately results in better bale shape.
Chamber Film Delivers Higher Quality Silage
As the plastic is being stretched during application to the barrel of the bale, it expels more air than net wrap does and as a consequence, results in better silage quality.
Chamber Film Makes Recycling Easier
As plastic is used to both bind the bale in the bale chamber and to wrap the bale, on feed out the farmer will be left with one form of waste. This reduces the time needed to feed the bale and avoids the unpleasant and time consuming job of separating the twine or net wrap from the plastic before the plastic is recycled.
Built To Last
Patented Film Binding
In the development of the Fusion 3 Plus, McHale realised that changes in temperature and sun light could affect the chamber wrapping film; as the day got hotter or cooler the film was either being overstretched or under stretched, and this in turn would cause reliability problems and result in inefficient film use.
As a result, McHale developed a patented application system which adjusts the braking force on the roll of plastic in-line with working conditions. This allows for a continuously variable stretch, which can automatically adjust to changes in the day, without the operator having to adjust any settings.
The McHale patented film application system ensures consistent film stretch, reliable film application and delivers optimum bale shape and bale density. Should an operator wish to use net wrap for hay or straw this can be done with a simple changeover.
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:
As standard, a cam operated 2.1m high-intake galvanised pick-up ensures excellent ground cleaning in all types of crop. The cam pick-up runs on a cam track that is fitted with double raced cam bearings to stand up to the most testing of conditions.
All cam pick-ups across the McHale Fixed Chamber Baler Range are fitted with 5 tine bars for excellent ground cleaning and delivery of crop to the bale chamber. A side inspection port allows the operator to quickly check and change the cam bearings if needed.
All McHale cam pick-ups have heavy-duty tine bar supports to ensure long service life. McHale have also developed a pick-up tine designed to lift even the shortest of crop
A 2.1m camless pick-up is available as an option on all machines in the McHale Fixed Chamber Baler Range. Six tine bars are fitted to all McHale camless pick-ups to provide excellent ground cleaning and fast delivery of crop to the bale chamber.
The camless pick-up has been designed to increase output, reduce levels of maintenance and perform better in certain conditions.
All camless pick-ups are fitted with a fully welded tine bar. McHale have also developed a pick-up tine designed to lift even the shortest of crop
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.
Split Drive GearBox
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 mac
Optimal Power Distribution
The rollers in the bale chamber are driven from the left-hand side of the machine and the pick-up and chopper unit are driven from the right-hand side of the machine. This system ensures direct, short transfer paths, leading to optimal power distribution.
1000rpm Gearbox (Optional)
In order to optimise machine performance, a 1000rpm gearbox is available as an optional upgrade on all machines in the McHale fixed chamber baler range. We recommend you speak with your local dealer or distributor regarding which gearbox is best suited to your requirements, based on your working conditions.
The star shaped, twin finger feed rotor ensures a high-capacity flow of crop into the bale chamber.
The flights on the rotor are laid out in a spiral formation to achieve consistent crop flow. As crop enters the rotor, rotating flights feeds it to the bale chamber. These ensure high output, while the star layout reduces the load peaks as the machines work in heavy swaths.
- The feed rotor or chopping unit boasts a heavy-duty rotor and comb.
- The flights are welded on both sides for superior strength and on the drive side the rotor is fitted with a double row bearing with a long service life.
F5500 Rotor Types
15 Knife Chopper Rotor (Standard)
|Number of Knives||15|
25 Knife Chopper Rotor (Optional)
|Number of Knives||25|
To ensure a consistent and even chop quality, two chopping options have been developed for the McHale fixed chamber machines.
15 Knife Chopper Unit (Standard)
The 15 knife chopper unit is the standard chopper unit on the McHale F5500. A bank of 15 knives provides a chop length of approximately 65mm.
Number of Knives
25 Knife Chopper Unit (Optional)
The 25 knife chopper unit is available as an option on the McHale F5500. A bank of 25 knives provides a chop length of approximately 46mm.
Number of Knives
Selectable Knife System
All McHale F5600 machines have the option to be fitted with a selectable knife system. Various knife configurations can be chosen depending on the knife bank specification.
15 Knife Bank Options
0, 7, 8, 15 Knifes
25 Knife Bank Options
0, 12, 13, 25 Knifes
BENEFITS OF SELECTABLE KNIVES
ADJUSTABLE CHOP LENGTH
With selectable knives, the operator can vary the chop length by engaging or disengaging either knife bank. If fine chopping is required, the operator can choose to engage both knife banks. Should a longer chop length be required, the operator can disengage one bank of knives from the comfort and safety of the tractor cab.
REDUCED SHARPENING INTERVALS
When using both knife banks separately, if the first bank of knives become blunt, the operator can lower the first knife bank and raise the second bank. This reduces the downtime and allows the operator to continue working. By having consistently sharp knives, fuel consumption is reduced and the machine always delivers optimum chop.
OPERATOR COMFORT & SAFETY
A new sharp set of knives can be engaged, without the operator having to physically replace knives, ensuring a well chopped crop and continued high output. Should different chop lengths be required the operator can make the adjustments by engaging or disengaging the knife bank without having to leave the tractor cab.
Drop Floor Unblocking
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 McHale fixed chamber baler range is fitted with a drop floor unblocking system, which means blockages can be fed through in three simple steps.
1 – Drop the Floor
Should a blockage occur, the sound of the slip clutch alerts the operator, who can hydraulically lower the floor from the tractor cab. When operating the drop floor cycle, the knives and the drop floor drop together during the unblocking process, giving even more clearance to allow the blockage to be fed through.
2 – Re-engage the PTO
This widens the feed channel at both the front and rear of the drop floor where the blockage is more likely to occur. By lowering the front and rear of the drop floor, the blockage can be fed through and effectively cleared when the PTO is re-engaged.
3 – Reset the Floor
The floor can then be reset to its original position and baling can resume. On the F5500,F5600 and F5600 Plus the drop floor is equipped with a drop floor sensor to ensure the chop quality is consistent by indicating to the operator via the control box if the drop floor is open and the knives are down.
The bale chamber on the McHale F5600 PLUS round baler produces a 1.23 X 1.25 metre round bale. The bale chamber on the F5600 round baler is comprised of 18 heavy duty rollers.
The 18 rollers are formed from high-grade tubular steel delivering maximum traction, improved bale rotation, enhanced machine performance and produces well-shaped, uniform bales. As a result, the F5000 range is noted for superior performance in dry crops such as hay and straw.
Heavy Duty Chains
High quality heavy-duty chains ensure reliable operation all around the machine. The main drive chain coming off the gearbox is a high tensile, heavy duty 100H endless chain for maximum strength. All other chains on the drive side of the bale chamber are inch and a quarter (20B). The rotor chain is inch duplex (16 B2) and all pick-up chains are three quarter inch (ASA 60H).
Single sprocket rollers on the chamber drive side are equipped with 50 mm shafts and bearings. Rollers under the most load are fitted with double row bearings. All rollers fitted with double sprockets are equipped with 55 mm shafts and double row 55 mm bearings. The non drive side of the bale chamber is also fitted with heavy duty 50 mm bearings.
Bale Density Adjustment
On the F5400 and F5500 balers the chamber pre charge pressure can be easily adjusted on the density control valve on the machine platform. By adjusting the handle in a clockwise direction density can be increased, while rotating the handle in the opposite direction reduces density.
Roller Design & Sealing
Bale chamber rollers are fitted with 50 mm bearings on the drive and non-drive side. Rollers fitted with double sprockets are equipped with 55 mm shafts and double row bearings. All roller ends are fitted with high performance self-cleaning seals that have a unique reverse-thread sealing system that prevents crop from getting into the bearings. The seals prevent the grease around the bearings from becoming contaminated by crop resulting in increased reliability.
Oiling & Greasing
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.
Continuous Oiling System
The continuous oiling system on the machine is driven off the gearbox and delivers oil to the following chains:
- Chamber Drive Side Chains
- Rotor Drive Chain
- Pick-Up – Drive Chains
- Pick-Up – Cam Track
- Pick-Up – Drive Gears
All machines come fitted with a number of manual greasing points which are easily accessible throughout the baler either individually or through a centralised greasing block. The following bearings highlighted below are greased:
- Bale Chamber – Drive Side
- Bale Chamber – Non-Drive Side
- Rotor Bearings – Drive Side
- Rotor Bearings – Non-Drive Side.
With the exception of the McHale F5400, all machines in the McHale Fixed Chamber Baler Range are fitted with automatic greasing as standard. A pressurised system delivers a measured amount of grease every time a bale is ejected from the bale chamber. Automatic greasing saves time as it reduces the amount of manual greasing to be done by the operator. A lube alarm sounds after 300 bales to inform the operator to refill the grease cartridge.
Automatic Tailgate Operation
Once the bale is netted in the chamber of the McHale F5600 PLUS Film Binding 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. If the F5600 Plus film Binding 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.
Bale Kicker Sensor
The McHale F5600 PLUS Film Binding Baler has a sensor on the bale kicker, which ensures that the bale has been ejected from the chamber before the tailgate closes.
Expert Plus Control Console
The F5600 PLUS is controlled with an Expert Plus Control Box, which features a large graphic display; this allows the operator to monitor the baling process graphically from the control console.
The Expert Plus control box features
Net Wrap for Baling Hay & Straw
The McHale F5600 PLUS can revert back to the traditional method of using net wrap and the switch over process is very simple. If the operator is doing hay or straw the switch back to net wrap is simple and user friendly.
Film/ Net Loading & Storage
Film/ Net loading has been optimised on the F5600 PLUS baler by the simple yet very effective rock and roll net loading system.
The operator simply releases the straps on the spare roll of Film/ Net on the machine platform and moves the Film/ 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.
McHale machines work in different conditions around the world. To optimise machine performance, we offer a number of options in the McHale fixed chamber range. We recommend you speak with your local dealer/distributor as regards the best configuration to meet your requirements
Options F5600 Plus
|Selectable Knives||0,12,13,25 -Optional|
520/ 55-R 22.5
560/ 45-R 22.5
The 2.1m camless pick-up runs smoothly, particularly in short crop, and requires less maintenance due to a reduced number of rotating parts. All camless pick-ups in the McHale fixed chamber baler range are fitted with six tine bars and a double crop roller to provide excellent ground cleaning and fast delivery of crop to the rotor.
Rotor / Chopper Unit
The 25 knife rotor and chopper unit is available as an option on the McHale F5500,F5600 and F5600 Plus fixed chamber machines and delivers a chop length of approximately 46mm.
A selectable knife system consists of two knife banks which allow for various knife configurations to be chosen depending on the knife bank specification. If a machine is equipped with 25 knives, then a bank of 12 and a bank of 13 knives are available to be chosen from. Where a machine is equipped with a 15 knife chopping unit, then a bank of 7 and a bank of 8 knives are available to be selected. If no chopping is required then the operator can select for no knives to be engaged. On the McHale F5600 PLUS, knife selection can be decided from the tractor cab.
McHale machines work in different conditions around the world so in order to optimise machine performance, a 1000rpm gearbox is available as an optional upgrade on all machines in the McHale baler range.
A small diameter high throughput crop roller is available as an optional extra. This crop roller helps to level out uneven swaths and has the ability to increase baler throughput. A Double Crop Roller is also available should it be required.
All balers in the McHale F5 fixed chamber baler range can be equipped with brakes as an optional extra. McHale offer the choice of hydraulic or air brakes.
McHale offer a number of tyre upgrades depending on customer preferences and ground conditions.
Dimensions & Weight
|Width||2.58 m (8’6″)*|
|Length||4.05 m (13’3″)|
|Weight||3850 kg (8,488 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||25|
|Theoretical Chop Length||46 mm (1 3/4”)|
|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||Fusion Rotor|
|**Bearings are 55mm double raced on the main load points
|Net Adjustment||In Cab|
|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||Expert Plus Control Console|
|Density Adjustment||In Cab|
|Tyres Standard||500/50 – 22.5|
||520/55 R 22.5|
|Bale Kicker Indicator||Standard|
|Minimum Power Requirement||75 kW (100hp)|
|Hydraulics||2 Double Acting Spools|