Massey Ferguson has made a good thing better with the introduction of the higher capacity MF 1837 square baler. The new baler, with its higher plunger speed and nearly 30 percent wider pickup, is a direct response to Massey Ferguson customer requests.

“Our customers appreciated the center-line design of the 1835, but some of them wanted a baler with more capacity,” says Shawn Boone, general marketing manager, Massey Ferguson Hay. “The 1837 combines the extra muscle needed for heavier windrows and bigger fields with a design that will outperform and outlast competitive balers in its class.”

The centerline design eliminates two 90-degree changes in crop direction found in most competitive small square balers. Hay moves straight through the baler, minimizing leaf loss and building a better-formed, higher quality bale. Leaf retention is further aided by the baler's low profile, which reduces the lifting needed to move hay into the pre-forming chamber.

The low profile also provides the operator with a clear view to the rear of the baler, visibility that is important whether towing a wagon or operating the optional bale thrower.

With the centerline design, the operator straddles the row for easier alignment of the windrow with the pickup. The design allows equal weight distribution to both sides of the baler and virtually eliminates sidehill draft. Both baler and wagon are towed in a straight line centered on the tractor for less stress on the baler frame. It also means no lost time switching from transport to field mode.

The operator and hay friendly design of the MF 1837 is augmented by a 100 stroke per minute plunger, a heavier flywheel for smoother operation and a 75.9-inch pickup. All three features contribute to the new baler's higher capacity.