Kubota is to introduced a revised range of variable chamber round balers for the 2021 season. Designated Plus-series, the updated models comprise the BV5160 and BV5200 versions, and the Flexiwrap baler-wrapper combination which uses the BV5160 with 14-knife crop chopping system.

The changes have been implemented to improve output and lower operating costs, and combine a redesigned roller crop press capable of lifting higher in heavier crops, with strengthened side support arms with improved limit stops. Enhanced protection against crop wrapping is also provided for the crop press bearings, which have now been mounted inside the roller.

Up front, the 2.2m pick-up reel – which features twin-cam tracks and five tine bars – has also been refreshed. It now features 10mm longer tines and wider stripper plates to improve cleaning in wet crop conditions. The pick-up drive chain has also been increased in size for added durability.

The baler driveline has also received attention and is now equipped with long-life HBC specification chains providing higher fatigue strength and increased wear resistance, compared to conventional chain. The bale chamber gets a new design of idler rollers which benefit from a 45% increase in bearing diameter, along with larger internal grease capacity and improved shielding. The idler rollers also gain a continuous central shaft, which adds rigidity.

Maintenance on all models has been simplified with bale chamber drive rollers gaining cast iron housings and centralised grease banks, ensuring non-productive maintenance time is kept to a minimum. Operator convenience has been improved with a folding PTO stand, which also incorporates hose and cable storage. An easy access rear PTO cover is also provided for simpler maintenance.

Visually the new Kubota BV Plus series models are distinguishable from previous BV models thanks to high-level LED road lights, reducing the likelihood of damage from stray bales. Intake systems comprise the SuperFeed rotor or 14 knife SuperCut crop chopping system, and all models are equipped with Intelligent Density 3D, PowerBind net tying and a drop floor rotor unblocking system.

Maximum bale sizes are 1.65m and 2.0m depending on model, and prices start at £39,908 for the BV5160 SuperFeed model.