17 April 1997

Entrepreneur pledges end to stop-go baling

By Andy Collings

NON-STOP round baling has long been the dream of all operators – particularly those looking for a high output. Such a dream could now become a reality if a design pioneered by machinery entrepreneur Geoff Eyre enters production.

Based near Bradwell, Derby, Mr Eyre of Traileyre fame has developed a system which he believes will finally solve the stop-go scenario – and increase output by as much as 50%.

Radical in its format, it comprises an off-set pick-up which feeds the crop into a single bale chamber running at right angles to the direction of travel.

Width of the bale chamber is 2.4m (7.8ft) and diameter of the bale produced is 1.2m (3.9ft) – a variable chamber version is envisaged. Once the bale has been formed, a knife is activated to cut the bale in half to produce two 1.2m (3.9ft) wide bales.

After being net-wrapped, the two bales are ejected and held in a cradle. This allows four bales to be deposited at the same point.

All clear so far – but where is the secret non-stop ingredient? The answer lies with the design of the pick-up which, when the bales are being wrapped, deposits the crop in a reservoir placed behind it. Once wrapping is completed the reservoir is emptied into the bale chamber – Mr Eyre maintains that the balers 2.4m (7.8ft) entrance is able to take large volumes.

And to ensure an even feed to the bale chamber, material delivered by the pick-ups cross auger is spread across the width of the chamber by a series of rotating paddles.

Clearly still very much in its prototype stage, Mr Eyre reckons his Baleyre machine could offer the potential of a high baling output using a tractor of little more than 85hp – and should the system get the green light, Mr Eyre sees the Baleyre producing up to 100 silage bales an hour.

Non-stop round baling with and outputs up to 100 silage bales an hour? Could soon be a reality from Geoff Eyre.