Individual Wrapping

McCarthy Contracting prefers to individually wrap bales in comparison to tube wrapping.

The main reasons for this preference are:

  • Less wastage when at feeding because bales are only opened as required.
  • Easy to stack for storage.
  • Farmers can use as much or as little balage as they require at any one time.
  • Easy to transport without spoiling the balage.
  • Should one bale spoil no other bales are affected. In a tube the whole tube of bales can be spoiled.
  • Individually wrapped bales can be chopped and wrapped immediately. This ensures that the bales maintain their shape when being carted and stacked.
  • Should bales get damaged they can easily be re-wrapped.
  • We have had individually wrapped bales of balage last into the fourth season after being made.

Kuhn Bale Wrapper

The Kuhn SW4014 bale wrapper provides a flexible and very efficient solution for the wrapping of both square and round bales. Efficient field performance and precision wrapping are fundamental to any wrapping operation. It comes with two satellite arms as standard. By using two satellite arms, less time is used to wrap the bale. In addition, you do not have to replace the film rolls as often. The pre-stretchers are mounted close to the bale. This limits the amount of air which is trapped, even when the satellites rotate at high speed, thereby producing higher silage quality.

The rotation of the roller and satellite arms is closely controlled and ensures correct sealing of the wrapped bales. The satellite arms and the two roller arms are controlled by electro-hydraulic valves. Sensors linked to the computer provide the user with a continuous overview of exactly where in the process the machine is at any one time. In order to adapt the Kuhn SW4014 to various bale sizes, the wheels and roller arms are adjustable.

Changing from square to round bales is fast and simple. Sensor-monitored speed regulation ensures that the rotation of the bale and the satellite arms is well co-ordinated and that sufficient film overlap is achieved. It is also able to place the bales gently on the ground after they are wrapped. This can be done either side on or strings up. This wrapper telescopes at the back to ensure a compact machine on the road but a wide and extremely stable machine during wrapping.

Tube Wrapper

We have purchased a Tubeline tube wrapper to compliment our baling and wrapping services.

The tubeline wrapper and some unique features:

  • Easy to set up on site.
  • Fully automatic, Canadian built.
  • Operates four stretch units – similar to those on the McHale.
  • Can be loaded two bales at a time.
  • Sits low to the ground for smooth exit of wrapped bales.
  • Can wrap round or square bales.
  • The stretch and overlap of the plastic wrap can be altered for different crop types.
  • The wrapper can operate in any weather conditions.
  • Is towed behind a 4WD truck for rapid transportation.