Krone has developed a simple but clever new pick-up for its balers, forage-wagons and foragers.
Rather than having the tine-carrying bars running in a cam-track, the profile of the pick-up bands – which the tines run between – is altered.
Mounted on a single rotor, the tines now disappear below the bands at the top of their travel and no longer have to retract to clear the crop.
This means that the tine rotor runs on just one bearing at each end of the shaft rather than the 12 used before.
This means there are fewer wearing parts and that it is cheaper to build – Krone assures us this saving will be passed on to the customer.
It also allows the pick-up to run 30% faster, potentially boosting machine output.