Time plays a major role during the silage season – and time is money. Who has never experienced these problems: rain clouds are threatening or the sun is scorching the grass, causing it to dry out far too quickly.
Every minute, or even every second, counts in these situations. Thank goodness for the Lely Welger RPC 245 Tornado. This machine does not waste a second when picking up the crop, compacting it, transferring it to the wrapper and wrapping and discharging it!
The Tornado wrapping system – the new benchmark
The entirely new set-up of this baler/wrapper springs from the idea of designing a wrapping system that is so fast that bales can be perfectly wrapped without limiting the high capacity of the baler.
Tail gate open, tail gate closed and off you go
If you want to be really fast, you need to utilize every split second, just like a 100 m sprinter. And this is exactly what the wrapping system does. The machine’s quick bale transfer is a perfect example of optimum time saving; the baler being positioned higher, the bale – steered by the bale guidance – is transferred smoothly onto the wrapping table. As a result the tail gate can be closed immediately. At the same time, the ring wrapper makes optimum use of the space behind the tailgate. The fact is that the Tornado is already wrapping even before the tail gate is closed…
Fast and steady bale transfer
The major gain of speed is in the bale transfer; even with difficult angles, the bale will smoothly roll onto the wrapping table. The transfer between the baler and wrapping table is smooth and accurate even on steep slopes.
Smooth drive – little maintenance
The ring is driven by rubber drive rollers whilst two other rollers ensure position is maintained as well tensioning the ring. Also, the ring is supported by rubber rollers so that the entire assembly operates very smoothly and noise free. The brake device consists of brake shoes that are pressed against the wrapping ring.
Automatically the right number of film layers
The essential factors for automatic operation of the wrapper are bale diameter and the required number of film layers. Therefore the computer automatically calculates the number of rotations that are needed to provide the bale with the required number of film layers.
Correct rpm quickly reached
Time saving during the wrapping process contributes greatly to the short cycle time of this baler/wrapper. Due to the smooth drive of the ring wrapper, the film rollers can be quickly adjusted to correct rpm rates. The film clamps also play an important part. Thanks to the re‑engineered construction, only a small opening is required to release the film and consequently the wrapper does not have to slow down without need.
Baling without wrapping
The wrapper can be switched off for the baling of hay or straw, the completed bale would then be transferred via the table to the ground or retained until a second bale is formed so two bales can be deposited together.
Film clamps – large reach, smooth operation
Because of the varying film height, the film clamps need to have a very large reach. Therefore, the two step film clamps have an exceptionally wide opening through two steps. The locking method ensures maximum grip on the film so that it is properly cut and held in position.
A well-known baler with a new feeding system
The heart of this baler/wrapper – the familiar RP 245 fixed-chamber baler – has proved its outstanding bale density, output and reliability for many years. On that score, there is absolutely no doubt that the extra-large cutting rotor adds a new dimension to its reputation. The generous set-up of the rotor – with six tines on each ring – features the Xtracut25 chopping unit.
Hydroflex, of course!
Every Lely Welger baler with a chopper rotor can be fitted with the Hydroflex feeding channel floor. The rubber blocks ensure that the floor can flex downwards underneath the rotor so that a stone or crop lump can pass through. Should a blockage occur, the floor can pivot downwards so that the problem can be easily sorted.
The Tornado features a re-engineered 2.25 m wide pick-up without a cam. The revolution speed of the five tine bar pick-up, augers and rotor have been adjusted in such a way that a perfect pick-up and flow of crop is ensured. Since the pick-up does not have a cam track, the number of rotating parts is minimal, making this combination baler/wrapper even more reliable and maintenance friendly.
Exceptionally compact in transport
Up to now, roads with hedges, narrow bridges and gates have always remained an obstacle for many agricultural machines. This new baler/wrapper combination has been designed so that its transport width remains restricted to a mere 2.80 m with a length of only 5.90 m! Combined with the wide tyres, the upshot is an outstandingly manoeuvrable, stable and versatile machine.
As standard, the Tornado comes with
• 2.25 m camless pick-up
• Castor wheels for pick‑up.
• Extra large Profi rotor.
• Xtracut25 chopping unit.
• ADS drive system and Opticlean rollers.
• Varionet net tying system.
• Pro-link control unit.
• Automatic chain lubrication.
• Drive shaft with cam clutch.
• Storage for 12 rolls of film.
• Tyres Flotation Pro 710/40R22.5.
• Film break sensors.