MF strengthens 2200-series big square baler range

A new control terminal and heavier-duty, more durable components proven on the Ultra HD model are the highlights of Massey Ferguson’s redesigned 2200-series large square balers.

There has also been a change to the numbering system, which now matches the imperial measurements of the bales they produce.

This runs from the 2233 (3x3ft/80x90cm) to the 2244 (4x4ft/120x130cm).

As before, the Packer feeding system is standard, with ProCut variants available on all but the biggest 2244.

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The higher-capacity pick-up carries a five-bar reel and 80 double tines – 25% more than before – to take smaller bites of crop that Massey says improves crop flow and allows for faster working speeds.

Similarly, larger maintenance-free bearings from the Ultra HD model should improve reliability, and there’s now a lever for quicker and more accurate adjustment of the trip door spring tension.

The other notable hardware change is to the running gear, with a new tandem axle with leaf-sprung suspension to improve handling and keep the transport width within 3m when shod on the largest tyres available, 620/50 R22.5s.

This setup includes passive steering on the rear axle and air brakes.

Power requirements range from roughly 150hp to 200hp, which is significantly lower than the high-density variant (the 2370) – it needs a minimum of 350hp at the pto.

The controls have also been updated, with a new Isobus-compatible BaleCreate terminal offering electronic control of the baling sequence to improve bale consistency.

This allows operators to set up and monitor functions via three work screens, and control the fancier set of LED lights.

The system, first used on the flagship 2370 Ultra HD, also offers electronic bale length control that keeps tabs on the size of the previous 10 flakes, thus maintaining target bale length to within a half-flake tolerance.

MF Connect Telemetry is standard, and all the models are compatible with Tractor Implement Management (TIM), which monitors baler performance to automatically speed up or slow down the tractor.

Massey Ferguson 2200-series balers

Model

Chamber size (ft/cm)

2233

3×3/80×90

2224

4×2/120×70

2234

4×3/120×90

2234 XD

4×3/120×90

2244

4×4/120×130

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