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11-12 June 2024

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McHale V8 Variable Chamber Baler Range

Over the last ten years, the McHale V6 range has become the machine of choice for making bales from 0.6m – 1.68m. As always, McHale has listened to their customer base and reacted to customer requests from markets such as UK, Australia, America, France and Poland to produce a variable chamber baler with a larger diameter bale.

Over the last 3 years, McHale have worked with these markets in both design and testing of its largest variable chamber baler, the V8, which can produce a bale up to 1.9m in diameter.

For the 2021 season, McHale have expanded their range of variable chamber balers with the introduction of the McHale V8940 non-chopper baler and the McHale V8950 15-knife chopper baler. These high output machines are designed to produce dense bales from 0.6m - 1.9m in diameter. This increase in bale size and improved density means the McHale V8 baler can produce bales with up to 30% more crop in a 1.9m bale then what is achievable in a 1.68m V6 bale.

The new McHale V8 variable chamber baler range possesses a number of key features:

  1. Higher Intake
          New Pick-Up with a choice of cam track or cam-less to choose from.Larger lateral feed augers.
          Larger lateral feed augers
          Larger Rotor
  2. Adaptive Intake
  3. Selectable Knives
  4. Drop Floor Unblocking System
  5. Bale Chamber with 3 Heavy Duty Endless Belts
  6. High-Performance Netting System
  7. Automatic Greasing
  8. New Panel Design
  9. Expert Plus Control Console
  10. Bale Kicker

The new McHale V8 variable chamber baler range is fitted with heavy-duty components ensuring long life, high levels of reliability and a machine that is rugged enough to handle the toughest of crops and ground conditions.

Martin McHale, McHale Marketing & Sales Director said;

“The new McHale V8 balers have expanded our variable chamber baler range, which is recognised worldwide for making well-shaped, high density bales. Our new V8940 & V8950 have brought baling to a new level with higher density, increased bale size, better intake and easier maintenance.”

The features of the new McHale V8 variable chamber baler range are outlined below:

  1. Higher Intake

All V8 balers feature a new pick-up with a 5-tine bar cam track pick-up or 6 tine bar cam-less pick-up option with double crop roller to choose from. 

This new pick-up on the McHale V8 range of balers has a number of new features. McHale have increased the size of the lateral feed augers which direct crop into the rotor while also increasing the rotor diameter to improve intake. The angle at which the floor is positioned has also been redesigned to maximise the flow of crop into the chamber.

  1. Adaptive Intake

All balers in the new V8 range come with a new Adaptive Intake which has been specifically designed to allow the intake area to automatically adjust to changes in material flow.

The design of this floor has a number of advantages;

  • Better crop intake
  • Less chance of blockages occurring
  • Floor automatically adjusts to allow the machine to better handle uneven rows / swaths


  1. Selectable Knives

As standard, a 15-knife chopper unit is available on the McHale V8950. With all 15 knifes engaged on the McHale V8950, a theoretical chop length of approximately 65mm can be delivered. Knives in the V8950 baler can be engaged and disengaged from the tractor cab.

An optional selectable knife system is available which consists of two knife banks that allow for various knife configurations to be chosen to allow 0, 7, 8, or 15 knives to work. 

  1. Drop Floor Unblocking System

As baling conditions are not always ideal, uneven swaths can occur which can lead to blockages. The McHale variable chamber baler range is fitted with a drop floor unblocking system, which means blockages can be fed through in three simple steps.

  • Should a blockage occur, the sound of the slip clutch alerts the operator, who can hydraulically lower the floor from the tractor cab.
  • This widens the feed channel and on re-engaging the PTO, the blockage can be fed through.
  • The floor can then be reset to its original position and baling can resume.


  1. Bale Chamber

As standard, all machines in the V8 range come fitted with 3 heavy-duty endless belts. The belts are extremely hard wearing and are reinforced with synthetic material, which ensures that the belts can absorb and apply high pressure to the material in the bale chamber.

The V8940 & V8950 balers can make a bale from 0.6m (2') to 1.98m (6' 3"). The   bale size on both machines can be adjusted up from the minimum setting in increments of 10mm (2/5").

All McHale V8940 machines are fitted with a Primary Drive to aid belt and material rotation. On the McHale V8950, a secondary drive is fitted. In difficult conditions, such as wet short grass, should the primary drive slip, the secondary drive will engage to ensure material rotates in the chamber.

  1. High Performance Netting System

This high-performance netter is extremely reliable and features endless net adjustment, capacity to take rolls of net up to 1310mm in width and 180° wrap around on the feed roller to prevent any net slippage while feeding.

A simple yet very effective netting system compromising of a moving roller allows the roll of net to rotate as it is being applied to ensure even net application. The operator can adjust net tension on the control console without having to leave the comfort and safety of the tractor cab.

  1. Automatic Greasing

Manual Greasing Blocks are available as standard on the McHale V8940 and V8950 models. The McHale V8950 variable chamber baler has the option to be fitted with an Automatic Greasing System. This system delivers a measured amount of grease around the baler every time a bale is ejected from the bale chamber.

  1. New Panel Design

Visually, the new range of V8 variable chamber balers feature a new look with twin skin durable panels that open upwards to provide better access to the machine’s components.

  1.  Expert Plus Control Console

The McHale V8 variable chamber round baler range is fitted with a new Expert Plus Control Console, which has a large graphic display. From the control console, the operator can adjust the following from the tractor cab:

- Core Size & Bale Size

- Core Density & Bale Density

- Revolutions of net being applied

The new Expert Plus console, also gives the operator the choice of selecting a soft or hard bale core, depending on the customers feed out requirements.

A new bale shape indicator provides a more accurate reading of the bale shape. This sensor detects bale formation in the chamber and indicates live information to the driver via the control console regarding which side of the chamber to fill in order to get the best bale shape.          

  1.  Bale Kicker

A heavy-duty telescoping channel type bale kicker ensures a clean separation between the machine and the netted high-density bale on the McHale V8940 & V8950 balers. All machines are fitted with a bale discharge sensor, which notifies the driver when the bale has left the bale chamber and has passed over the bale kicker.

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