Long known as a builder of reliable compact, and sub-compact tractors, Kubota has been branching out. The tractors are getting bigger with the launch of the new M Series. The company is moving into the skid-steer loader market. And in 2016 the firm bought Great Plains. But it was a purchase closed in 2012 that has changed the look of products available from the company during farm shows. Acquiring Kverneland meant the company had nearly instant access to a range of quality hay tools for the market. And Kubota didn't stand still, launching hay tools soon after the acquisition.
Recently, the company added two new products that it claims provides it a position as a full-line hay tool supplier for the market. The products that rounded out the line? Two new balers with silage handling capabilities, and a new 13-foot mower-conditioner that fills out its DMC8000 series line.
The rise of silage baling - combined with bale wrapping - provides beef and dairy producers with another way to put up and store quality feed. Wetter silage products are harder on balers, which has forced manufacturers to redesign round balers to manage this more demanding feed source. Kubota is stepping up with two balers in its BV lineup - the BV4160SS and the BV4180SS - both designed to bale silage, as well as traditional hay and straw.
The BV round baler series gets the two SS models - for Silage Special - that are designed with added silage features. The BV4160SS produces 4-foot-wide by 5-foot high bales with its variable chamber design. The machine comes with a silage scraper kit for wet haylage, and a proportional valve to enable the operator to adjust the bale density on the go.
For bigger balers, the BV4180SS makes 4-foot wide by 6-foot tall bales, and has the features of the BV4160SS. Both are fitted with a fork feeder intake system providing direct feed into the bale chamber for fast and efficient baling. Both new balers come with the Kubota Power Bind net system for simple, fast and efficient production.
NEW MOWER CONDITIONER: Kubota rounds out its DMC8000 Series mower conditioners with the new DMC8540R, which offers full-width conditioning in a 13-foot roller machine. (Photo: Business Wire)
Filling out mower-conditioner line
Kubota is also launching the DMC8540R to its DMC8000 series of disk mower-conditioners. The 13-foot machine has full-width chevron conditioner rollers that can take on fragile crops with even conditioning. The new mower features a Kubota-patented, fully-welded cutterbar and full-width conditioning, which the company claims sets it apart from the competition. All Kubota DMC mowers have three counter-rotating blades per disk for constant cutting, which reduces the load per blade and creates an even load on the drive. You can learn more about Kubota Hay Tools at kubota.com.