VariPack Plus

Agricultural Machinery

Round balers

The KRONE VariPack is specifically designed for baling dry material. VariPack combines straightforward engineering with high throughputs and densities.

  • High-performance baler designed for dry material
  • Camless EasyFlow pick-up with w-lined tines and a minimum of moving parts
  • Integral Rotor for maximum throughputs
  • Precision cutting system for smooth and precise cuts
  • Two drives for reliable bale starts and perfect shapes
  • Two cleaning rollers for automatic belt cleaning
  • Exceptionally high densities
  • Roll chute is standard for easy net refills
  • Auto controlled rear door and stroke end cushioned ram for fast unloading cycles
  • Automatic grease applicator and oil lubricator

KRONE VariPack Plus

The KRONE VariPack combines straightforward engineering with high throughputs and densities. The two VariPack models offer two variable bale diameter ranges. VariPack V 165 XC produces 80 cm to 165 cm diameters which are set infinitely variably. The VariPack V 190 XC produces 80 cm to 190 cm bales.

VariPack Plus

The KRONE VariPack Plus is specifically designed for baling dry material. VariPack Plus combines straightforward engineering with high throughputs and densities.

  • Camless EasyFlow pick-up with chevron-lined tines and a minimum of moving parts
  • Integral Rotor for maximum throughputs
  • Precision cutting system for smooth and precise cuts
  • Automatic cleaning of belts and guide rollers: Two cleaning rollers
  • Two drives for reliable bale starts and perfect shapes
  • Roll chute is standard for easy net refills
  • Auto controlled rear door and stroke end cushioned ram for fast unloading cycles
  • Automatic grease applicator and oil lubricator

The high-performance baler VariPack Plus stands out for maximum bale densities and throughputs. The machine for farmers and contractors who aim high.

The KRONE EasyFlow pick-up

  • Reliable and effective – 6 mm double tines arranged in a chevron-line and large-diameter coils
  • A clean rake – 2.15 m pick-up for thorough and consistent rakes without losses
  • Durable and hard-wearing – few moving parts reduce wear to a Minimum

The EasyFlow pick-up pivots 70mm sideways and is renowned for persevering and diligent performance in the most difficult conditions and at high work rates. Thanks to its clutter-free build that relies on only very few moving parts, the unit stands out for minimum wear and maximum longevity.

The pivoting gauge wheels

The EasyFlow pick-up rides on two castering gauge wheels that pivot flexibly for smooth tracking in all curves without scuffing. The working height of the pick-up is set without tools in a hole pattern.

The crop press roller

The crop roller supports the work of the pick-up by detecting the size of the swath and rolling it for effective gathering. The height is altered on a simple mechanism for easy and fast use and adaptation to varying crops, swath volumes and work rates. This results in clean and thorough gathering.

Camless and good / Double tines in chevron-lines

KRONE had good reasons for opting against cam track controlled tines on the EasyFlow pick-up. Instead of using many moving parts that are prone to wear, EasyFlow has special strippers that ensure the tine angle is always right the length ideal. Measuring 6 mm in diameter and mounted with large coils, the tines are particularly vigorous and hard-wearing. The special arrangement of the pick-up tines combines with the integral rotor to distribute the material perfectly across the chamber width for uniform bales. Narrowly spaced at 55 mm, these tines allow EasyFlow to pick up even short and heavy crops without losses.

The EasyFlow pick-up

The EasyFlow pick-up offers a 2.15 m work width for high hourly outputs. Its double tines are arranged in a chevron- line to reliably pick up even the widest swaths and feed the material in a consistent flow to the rotor cutter. Pivoting and spring-loaded, EasyFlow provides perfect ground contouring even in the roughest terrain.

The KRONE Integral Rotor

  • Versatile and flexible – choice of an integral feed rotor or an integral rotor cutter with 26 blades
  • Precision cut – the best quality from controlled cuts
  • So sharp – for superior cutting quality
  • So versatile – 0/ 13/ 13 or 26 blades in work

The integral rotor is available with or without a cutting system. Rugged by design, the unit performs dependably and reliability in challenging conditions. The integral rotor has feed augers integrated at its ends, a design that leads to a
significant reduction of the number of moving parts. Fewer moving parts translate into better cleaning, less service and maintenance and a longer lifespan.

The quality of cut

The double tines pull the material in a consistent flow through the blades, preventing any haulm to slip through and leading to higher bale weights, because cut material is baled to higher densities. The helix ensures there is no peak load in the cutting system for smooth operation and quiet running. At the same time, the chevron-line of tines on the pick-up supplies the material in a consistent flow to the cutting system for an optimum throughput and uniform bale fills.

The driveline

The pick-up and the Integral Rotor are driven by a 1¼ inch chain. The simple and robust drive uses only few moving parts and makes for easy servicing and reduced wear.

The compact design

Integrating the feed rollers in the rotor leads to a very consistent and dependable feed of material from the pick-up to the rotor – another boon for the overall crop flow and reliable machine performance.

The Integral rotor

VariPack Plus has the feed auger integrated in both ends of the rotor cutter (left) and the feed rotor (right). This means that only one drive is required to power the pick-up and the rotor. Combining helical tines and augers on the same rotor optimises the material flow across the entire width of the rotor for high bale weights and perfect cuts.

The KRONE cutting system

  • The VariPack XC Plus cutting system has 26 blades
  • The blade group control operates 0 / 13 / 13 / 26 blades
  • „Each group is conveniently selected from the cab

The standard cutting system on a VariPack has 26 blades that can be selected in groups of 0 / 13 / 13 / 26 blades to give cutting lengths of 84 mm or 42 mm for best results in all conditions. A potential blockage is quickly removed simply by dropping the floor.

Changing the blades

To fit or remove the blades, simply lower the blade cassette. Then release the springs on all blades by operating a single lever. Last, remove the blades conveniently from above.

Selecting a group

The operator selects a group of blades and activates it hydraulically from the convenience of the cab.

The blade group

KRONE VariPack V 165 XC Plus and V 190 XC Plus have a 26-blade cutting system that can be selected in groups of 0, 13, 13, or 26 blades to give cutting lengths of 84 mm or 42 mm. The change is made fast and simple for easy adjustment to varying conditions. Also, the option of using the same number of blades in two different groups allows you to use sharp blades all day long – also throughout very long working days. Before a group of blades is selected, the selector shaft makes a 360° revolution which removes the debris in this area ensuring continued precision control of each individual blade.

The individual blade protection

Each blade is spring-loaded for individual protection against damage. Whenever it is hit by an object it retracts from the crop flow and automatically returns into working position after the object has passed. The other blades remain unaffected by this and continue cutting, ensuring a consistent quality of cut.

The blade group control system

The individual blades are operated hydraulically. This ensures accurate control as they move into and out of the crop flow and is just another detail to optimize the overall performance of the machine.

The blades

The blades have long, curved cutting edges for particularly fuel-efficient cuts as the grass is pulled past them. The wavy edges cut all types of crops precisely and also offer extended sharpness. All blades are identical and interchangeable.

The KRONE bale chamber

  • Effective – three smooth belts form dry crops into high-density bales
  • Fast – baling at a circumferential speed of 130 m/min
  • Clean – actively cleaned belts
  • Exact – baling pressure and soft core are set on the terminal

The VariPack Plus chamber is made up of three endless belts that feature a smooth surface. This design makes VariPack the specialist baler for dry material such as straw, hay and haylage. The belts are constantly cleaned by two rollers so they can reliably keep up their good work. The soft core kit allows you to produce bales for specific applications.

The cleaning rollers

VariPack has two cleaning rollers that remove debris from the belts and ensure reliable belt drive. One of the two cleaning roller is powered to warrant optimal performance.

Drives on both sides

The belt rolls are driven from either side of the machine to ensure an absolutely dependable bale start.

The bale chamber

The rolls are spaced in close vicinity so they transfer the drive power reliably to the belts. This in turn makes for reliable bale starts and continued roll in the filled chamber.

Setting the soft core

Enter the core density and the density of the inner and outer layers on the operator terminal and the machine produces bales to individual customer requirements and applications. Maximum density, for example, is typically used for long-distance haulage whereas a soft core is preferred in drying applications.

Bale sizes

The VariPack Plus model range is designed to deliver various bale diameters. VariPack V 165 (XC) Plus produces 0.80-1.65 m diameter bales. VariPack V 190 (XC) Plus churns out 0.80-1.90 m diameters. This way you can tailor the size of the bales to individual customer applications, for example feeding or drying.

The KRONE net wrap system

  • Versatile and flexible – applying net and twine
  • Straightforward – the net threads easily through the rigid net feeder
  • Great visibility – the operator watches the process on the move
  • Easy use – net/film feed starts automatically when the chamber is filled

The VariPack Plus twine / net film wrapping system is simple, extremely reliable and easy to operate. The net chute folds out and into position so the roll is easily transferred to the cradle. The rigid net feeder makes for an easy net feed into the chamber. Spare net and twine rolls are stored on the machine to keep going on long working days.

Spare net supply

There is room to store one roll of net wrap on each side of the machine. This gives you plenty of net supply that keeps you going during long working days.

Net wrap – simplicity by design

The fresh roll slides down the chute and into the cradle. It couldn’t be easier for operators. Then the net is threaded into the chamber, which is equally easy thanks to the rigid net feeder. Next, run the net over the swing and into the chamber.This again is made easier after the upstream roller disappeared here.

Easy refills

Net or twine refills are very easy. Simply fold out the chute on the left hand side and slide the fresh roll into the cradle. You no longer lift the heavy roll into the cradle.

Net wrapping

The cradle lowers for convenient replacement of the net roll. Arranged at a low height, it is readily accessible from one of the two steps.

The rear door

  • Swift – less than 5-second open/close cycles
  • Efficient – hydraulic cylinders with stroke end cushioning
  • Convenient – automatic control of the rear door

Highest densities and outputs are the outstanding landmark features of VariPack. More than that, these models also score on a simple design and exemplary accessibility. This translates into exceptionally easy servicing and lowest maintenance. The hydraulic cylinders that operate the rear door have stroke end cushioning and the rear door is automatically controlled for fast unloading cycles and maximum throughputs. The bale ejector lowers the bales safely and gently to the ground, also on the slope.

The auto rear door feature

The rear door and the net wrapping cycle are controlled automatically so all tying/wrapping is optimized to minimize downtime and maximize throughputs.

The bale ejector

Keeping halts as short as possible is critical for high productivity in round baling. Therefore unloading the bale effectively and fast is the key feature of the bale ejector. At the same time, the ejector is designed to give optimum access to the blades.

Hydraulic cylinder with stroke end cushioning

To reduce the time the tractor spends waiting for the bale to leave the chamber, the hydraulic cylinders have stroke end cushioning which allows them to operate the door fast. Minimum downtime translates into maximum throughputs after all. At the same time, end of stroke cushioning slows down the door as it closes and therefore reduces machine wear.


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