Fixed chamber round balers. A high-performance rake backs up the wide pick-up on Krone KR balers.The feeder rake. 3,70 (12 feet) 3,90 (13 feet.
:: Author Message Mark (PA) Regular Joined: 11 Oct 1999 Posts: 125 Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:33 am Post subject: Krone KR 160, HP Question Anyone out there with any experience on a Krone KR 160 Round Baler? I am curious if an International 350 Utility would run this baler efficiently or if it would be a bit too much. According to Krones Manual they list 40 HP Min on the unit, and the 350 has 42 PTO HP according to Nebraska field tests. I have heard they are simple machines and don't have many moving parts but if anyone can give me any feedback from real world operation I would appreciate it. James Howell Tractor Guru Joined: 06 Mar 2006 Posts: 13119 Location: Omaha, TX Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: Krone KR 160, HP Question We have a KRONE 125 4x4 baler and a KRONE 260 4x5 baler. James Howell Tractor Guru Joined: 06 Mar 2006 Posts: 13119 Location: Omaha, TX Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:56 pm Post subject: Re: Krone KR 160, HP Question Hit the wrong button. Both balers were in used condition.
The KRONE 260 requires 40+ HP for operation. We drive the KRONE 260 with '15' our '53 gas tractor. We have also driven the KRONE 260 with 'Big John' our '55 John Deere Model 70 diesel tractor.
Both Model 70's are 50+ HP tractors; no problem driving the KRONE 260. Both our tractors have 'live' PTO; makes a big difference. Your 42HP tractor should not have any problem driving the KRONE 160. Hope your tractor has 'live' PTO. One of the important things with the KRONE fixed chamber balers is the bale density. They come with a slip clutch on the drive shaft just in case you load one a little too tight. The KRONE 160 should have an electric tie device.
This works really good; just remember to sharpen the knives before baling. KRONE provides Operator Manuals for their balers in PDF format online; download a copy and read it carefully.
We made some major repairs to the tailgate due to previous owner/operator abuse. I've replaced missing pickup teeth and strippers. Also replaced a bevel gear on the tying device.
Our nearest KRONE dealer is 50 miles away so 'preventive' maintenance is very important to us. We string tie with 140wt twine as recommended; sure makes a pretty bale. Good luck with your baler and let me know if you have any other questions. Mark (PA) Regular Joined: 11 Oct 1999 Posts: 125 Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:07 pm Post subject: Re: Krone KR 160, HP Question Hi John Thank you for all the info. Have you guys ever used the NET option on the baler? The unit I am looking at is an early unit that had the red and cream paint.
I guess before they changed to the Green and cream paint. Also curious about what the bale weight do you think the bales are out of the unit in typical dry hay conditions? The unit I looked at seems to be in good shape even at its age. I just don't have the extra help anymore so I am looking to round bale instead of small square. My tractor does have Live PTO.
Actually IPTO but pretty close to the same thing really. Thanks again for your help.
They are asking 3500 for the unit which I think seems OK as long as it works well. Who knows about that I suppose. James Howell Tractor Guru Joined: 06 Mar 2006 Posts: 13119 Location: Omaha, TX Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:24 am Post subject: Re: Krone KR 160, HP Question We have never used the NET option on our KRONE 260.
Although net wrapped hay may have advantages for some folks, we both agreed it wasn’t worth the extra expense for our purposes. We store our hay in the hay barn and twine is much less expensive. I’ve seen photos of early/mid ‘90s KRONE equipment with the red and cream paint combination. Under typical dry hay conditions, we “estimate” the bale weight between 700-800 pounds. Mercury Bigfoot 50 Hp Outboard Repair Manual. I would strongly recommend that you “test drive” the KRONE baler with your tractor.
This will give you an opportunity to see how the two work together, inspect the baler while it is running, check the tying mechanism, hydraulics on the pick-up and tailgate, and chain/bar drive. We converted to round bales because small square bales got heavier as we got older. Glad to know that your tractor has a live PTO; very helpful during the tying process. Nancy and I did a lot of research on the KRONE balers before we made a decision to buy one. The two balers we found in Lincoln, AR were bought at auction from the original owner by an equipment dealer. We bought both balers for $3,250 cash; both required some work to become “field ready”. We are pleased with both our balers; the KRONE 125 4x4 is used to bale our Cheyenne Bermuda grass horse hay and the KRONE 260 4x5 is used to bale our Bahia grass cattle hay.
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