Claas Rollant 540 packs extra punch

Claas has added new models to its long-standing Rollant baler range, bridging the gap between the existing two options.

The new 540 is aimed at farmers and small-scale contractors who require a fixed-chamber round baler, with a beefed-up chassis, stronger rollers and a dropped floor to clear blockages.  

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Bale diameters of 1.25m and widths of 1.2m are made in the chamber, which houses 15 rollers made from 4mm-thick steel. The 540 also has MPS, which allows three of the rollers to pivot, applying pressure to the bale at 80cm rather than when it reaches its full size of 1.25m.

A key feature of the new machines is the option for either a 1,000- or 540-speed pto driveline, which can handle 206hp and 169hp, respectively.

Claas Rollant 540RC releasing bale

Claas Rollant 540RC releasing bale © Edd Mowbray

For contractors, the need to provide customers with film or net wrapping is now essential and the 540 can be kitted up to apply both, with the changeover time less than 10mins, we’re told.

The 2.1m-wide pickup has various roller options, similar to the foragers, and three different pickup wheel choices, from fixed to folding, while the optional chopping system has 15 knives offering a 70mm chop length.

As yet, there are no prices for the 2019 model.