Anderson claims its new RBM2000 Pro is the world’s first self-loading bale mover that can safely handle silage wraps, enabling a single operator to clear a field.

“It’s a brand new configuration, something that nobody else has,” Jan Moens, service support manager for Australian importer Muddy River Agricultural, says.

“The biggest thing is the efficiency — primarily, it’ll increase your productivity,” said Muddy River’s national sales manager, Steve Robertson. Figures produced by the Anderson Group predict that the RBM2000 has the potential to pick silage wraps from a field 1.4 times faster than the traditional two-person, two-machine combination usually employed to clear them. It would also be 1.7 times faster than a single farmer loading bales onto a trailer using a grabber.

The upshot is that the RBM2000 Pro can move more bales per hour even though only one person is working at the task, Anderson says.

Mr. Moens said the greatest challenge for Anderson would have been developing a system “able to pick up and manipulate the bales without damaging the plastic”. To do this, the RBM2000 has a loading arm designed specifically to protect the plastic wrap. The bale mover can be in motion while a bale is picked up because the loading arm moves backward on contact with the bale, grabs it, then tilts backward as it lifts.

It is designed to carry up to 14 wrapped bales of around 4 feet in length, and 12 wrapped bales of around 5 feet in length.

Moens adds that the RBM2000 can, like the Anderson TRB2000, carry regular unwrapped bales, in which case a third row can be loaded for capacities of 20 and 17 bales, respectively. “Instead of going and picking up silage bales individually, you’ve got a machine that can just go and grab them, and I think it’ll be a good thing for efficiency,” Robertson says.

He also believes farmers will suffer less damage to plastic wraps because of the reduced handling of each bale. “The less you have to touch the bales, the better, so you’re not tearing wrap. If you tear wrap, bales can spoil.”