The Extra Mile was written by Reed Boettcher in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living
When hay season started ramping up, Kubota answered the call. With the assistance of dedicated Great Plains Kubota customers, along with Miki Kuronuma, Shingo Hanada, and Dave Palmer, GP took to the hay fields to get constructive feedback from Kubota baler customers. This isn’t a new practice for the Kubota hay tool team though. They reached out last season as well, however this, the rural Duncan area, was new territory for the team. Kuronuma of KTC’s Machinery/Business development group along with Hanada, GM of Tractor and Utility Planning Sales and Promotion, and finally Palmer, Sr. Product Manager of Hay tools have invested their time and resources to ensure Kubota’s hay line exceeds customer expectations.
Just north of Duncan you’ll find Marlow, Okla. Here, a custom baling operation owned by Clyde Harms Sr., his son Clyde Harms Jr., and partner Tom Heinrich puts Kubota equipment to the test on a daily basis. As committed GP customers, they own and operate several Kubota tractors, disc mower conditioners, and balers. This baling operation’s passion for Kubota equipment sparked KTC’s interest in garnering feedback by allowing Harms’s operation to test a new baler. This season, at the risk of their own profits, Harms and company have agreed to use Kubota’s new BV4580 prototype this hay season. Likewise, Kubota has technicians on call if the experimental 5X6 baler should have any issues. Kuronuma, explained further why Kubota was going to such great lengths for their equipment and customer base.
“Kubota is deeply committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and while we are relatively new to the hay tool market we are pulling all the stops to ensure our hay equipment is as reliable, if not more than any other manufacturer. We strenuously test our equipment, then send engineers like myself into the fields with prototypes. We have 15 prototype balers in the central division ranging from San Antonio all the way to North Dakota. We are dedicated to our equipment, and take these extra steps to ensure our hard work is not wasted.”
The Kubota hay tool team later visited Dan Wright’s cow calf farm near Loco, Okla. to gain further insight on the BV4180 Premium, which Wright purchased last year. Wright had this to say about his Kubota baler.
“Overall, I was very impressed with my Kubota baler. It makes really tight bales, and it seems like you can’t plug it up. The more hay you feed it, the better it works,” said Wright.
Spending time with vendors and customers is never wasted at Great Plains Kubota. The time spent in the field proves to us that as a dealership we can rely on Kubota to deliver a product we can stand behind, and offer a reliable way for customers to make a profit.
There’s only one brand you need to know this hay season, Kubota! With the introduction of the BV-Series round balers Kubota now offers the confidence of Kubota quality to there hay tool line-up. Below are a few of the highlighted features that set Kubota balers apart from the other guys.
1. Multi-Crop Capable – Kubota’s BV4160 and BV4180 Round Balers have multiple crop capabilities. They can be used in a variety of harvests such as silage, hay, or straw. The bale chamber of the Kubota BV4160 and BV4180 offer bale diameters from 31 inches to 71 inches respectively. Bale diameter is easily adjusted with the control terminal.
2. Take Full Control – The control terminal is somewhat different than what most hay producers in our area are used to, however it is simple and easy to use. The terminal can control: bale diameter, density and core adjustment, baler growth, bale formation, twine or net tying selection and adjustment, and much more. This universal control terminal can be used with other Kubota implements as well.
3. Productive Design – Kubota balers are high capacity pick-up balers that feature a low profile design. The efficient fork feeder intake provides a direct feed into the bale chamber, while its wide opening allows almost unrestricted intake capacity for a fast and efficient baling process.
4. Easy to Use Balers – Ease of use and access has been incorporated in each baler. The top hinge doors on both sides create easier maintenance and cleaning. In all, Kubota balers are easy to use and maintain, and require less maintenance which means more productivity in the field.
5. Dense Bales – These are variable chamber balers that create high density bales with a tight outer layer. The baling chamber combines three rollers and five wide belts that ensure a smooth bale start and rotation. The aggressive front rollers ensure an instant start while the small pre-chamber begins the formation of well shaped dense bales. As the bale grows, so does bale density.
6. Dual Twine Tying – The dual arm twine tying system means simultaneous binding of both bale edges. Twine is evenly spaced across the bale and is overlapped in the center which provides no loose ends.
7. Powerbind Netwrap – The patented PowerBind net wrap system allows Kubota balers to eliminate many high wear items associated with the old feed rollers. Instead, the net is fed directly into the bale chamber by injection plates. This design keeps the net tight at all times, and provides accurate and reliable net injection.
8. Low Maintenance – The main bale chamber is driven by a heavy duty pitch chain allowing for longer lifespan and reduced maintenance. In addition, the split drive gearbox ensures power is distributed evenly thus reducing wear.
9. Field Tested, Kubota Approved – The BV series balers have been tested for over five years and have produced thousands of bales in every type of working conditions. Kubota is confident their new round balers have meet and exceed customer standards.
10. Kubota Quality – The BV series round balers are high quality balers with features that produce almost perfect bales. Customers can expect the same legendary Kubota reliability trusted in their tractors with the new BV-Series balers.