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Where Innovation Meets Tradition

With industry-leading cycle times, thanks to an innovative front-load net wrap system and the fastest tailgate speed of any 5x6 baler, it offers the productivity needed to put up high-quality hay in tight weather windows.

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The new KUHN VB 560 is one of the most efficient balers on the market. With industry-leading cycle times, thanks to the twin tensioning arm system and the fastest tailgate speed of any 5x6 baler, it offers the productivity needed to put up high-quality hay expected in today’s demanding market. The twin tension arms create rock solid bales that hold their shape for more efficient transport and storage. This baler includes KUHN’s proven front net wrap system, which is now easier than ever to load thanks to an innovative new loading assist bracket. No matter if you’re baling dry hay, corn stalks, high-density baleage or anything in between, the VB 560 is ready to work for you!

Three intake solutions are available on the VB 560 to meet your needs, all of which are silage ready. The new TwinCharge direct feed intake excels in high capacity, high-productivity needs when baling straw, corn stalks or even soybean stubble. The OptiFeed system easily handles a range of crops from silage to dry hay and straw with the proven integral rotor. However, when it comes to no compromise cut hay, the Opticut 19 knife system easily processes crop down to 2.8" (7 cm) in size while still baling at high capacities, no need to worry about plugging thanks to an easy-to-use drop floor.

Extreme durability of components means minimum downtime for maximum baling time. Thanks to its heavy-duty design, the balers provide you the robustness and reliability you need. KUHN VB 560 balers are ISOBUS compatible with an intuitive user interface, which is easy to control via the ISOBUS terminal of the tractor or via KUHN’s CCI 50, CCI 800 or CCI 1200 terminals. You can easily change settings such as bale density, bale diameter, or net wrap layers from the comfort of your tractor seat.
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Your benefits

Intake Options to Meet Your Operation’s Needs

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Optimal Crop Pickup

The VB 560 5x6 round baler features a wide pickup with a large diameter crop roller. The pickup is designed to maximize the full capacity of the machine. With a working width of 90 inches (230 cm), the machine is capable of working in all windrows and will not let you down, even in the toughest conditions. Heavy duty straight pickup tines help release the crop and reduce crop wrapping. The standard crop roller compresses the crop against the pickup tines reducing friction, thus reducing leaf loss and increasing baler efficiency by evening out the windrow.

The 90” pickup features a standard pendulum frame and optional pivoting pickup wheels to allow the pickup to adapt to changing field conditions. Both fixed and pivoting pickup wheel options on this baler are semi-pneumatic to prevent punctures. Stripper bands with a unique profile on the 90” pickups, result in more aggressive and efficient pickup by exposing more of the pickup tine when needed and by pulling the crop away from the tines as it approaches the intake. A cam track pulls the tines straight down in the rearward position to avoid wrapping, making this the only hybrid pickup on the market today.

To better meet your operation's specific needs, there are three intake options available. Choose the TwinCharge direct feeding intake system, or one of our two patented Integral Rotors – the non-cutting OptiFeed rotor or the 19-knife OptiCut cutting rotor.

TwinCharge

The new TwinCharge direct intake excels in high-capacity, high-productivity needs when baling straw, dry hay, corn stalks or even soybean stubble. The TwinCharge intake, features twin feed rollers, and has an unrestricted intake unit for maximum capacity in all crop conditions. In heavier windrow conditions, such as silage or cornstalks, the top roller is acting like a pre compressor, which is powered by the primary driveline of the baler. The TwinCharge intake constantly interacts with the crop, providing high performance in loose, fluffy, or dry crops. Inline augers move the crop into the baler for positive feeding, while still allowing for max capacity thanks to the open design. This generates a huge input potential and prevents plugging of the unit resulting in a high output and minimum downtime.
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Integral Rotor Technology

Available across the entire KUHN variable chamber baler range is our patented Integral Rotor Technology found on OptiFeed and OptiCut models. This simple, low-maintenance intake system guarantees an enormous throughput capacity at all times. KUHN’s integral rotor design is proven in all crops and conditions. New for the VB 560 series, is an integral rotor featuring a tri-lobe design, which allows for superior feeding. The short distance between rotor and pickup tines maintains consistent crop flow. The design of this force-fed intake makes higher forward speeds possible for increased productivity and reduces crop damage. Integral Rotors are provided with rotor tines made out of Hardox<sup® wear plates. Hardox combines extreme hardness and toughness to reduce rotor tine wear. Longer wearing life of the rotor tines will help to provide time and money savings for the operator.
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Non-Cutting, OptiFeed Rotor

The OptiFeed rotor, with tri-lobe feeding tines and integrated augers, provides a consistent flow of crop into the bale chamber. The OptiFeed system easily handles a range of crops from silage to dry hay and straw. This rotor design helps even out incoming windrows for consistent bales every time.
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Cutting, OptiCut Rotors

OptiCut (OC) cutting rotors are designed for unlimited intake capacity and excellent cutting quality. KUHN (OC) cutting rotors, with tri-lobe shaped rotor tines, are acknowledged by users as one of the best cutting systems on the market. The crop is guided and drawn down to the knives from an early stage which improves flow and cutting performance and also prevents unwanted plugging. The OptiCut 19-knife integral rotor system, is designed to even out the windrow and force-feed the crop into the baler for maximum throughput. The 19-knife OptiCut cutting system sizes crop down to 2.8" (70mm) in length. Each single knife is spring protected against damage from foreign objects.
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Consistent, Firm Round Bales

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Fast, Perfect Bale Formation

The 6 belt, 3 roller design of the VB 560 bale chamber ensures fast, consistent bale formation whatever the intake system. Thanks to the twin tensioning arm system, the starting chamber of the baler is a triangular shape, which guarantees a direct start of the bale when the first crop enters the bale chamber. Compared to other bale chamber concepts this ensures a well-shaped core, smooth bale grow, and less power consumption. The front segment of the baler is fitted with a large crop roller and scraper that prevents crop build up at the front of the machine. The unique mix of the KUHN Progressive Density system and smart bale chamber design guarantees perfect bale formation every time.

Progressive Density – The KUHN Solution

The Progressive Density system has proven its value on all KUHN VB balers. The system increases tension as the bale grows providing a firm bale with a tough outer shell.

How Does It Work?
As the bale grows within the bale chamber, the belt tensioning arm is subjected to steadily increasing resistance from two hydraulic cylinders and a spring tensioner. So as the diameter increases, the bale’s density does too. The result is a very firm bale with a moderate core – not too soft, not too hard. With a tougher outer layer, straw bales will be more tolerant to bad weather conditions, while silage bales will maintain their shape for improved stacking and easier handling.
The process of Progressive Density from beginning to end of bale production

Twin Tensioning Arm System

Twin tensioning arms provide higher density from improved belt tension control and response time.

Tension arm 1 provides the bale shape. This tension arm is continuously distributing the tension of the belts around the bale keeping the density consistent in the bale as more crop is added.

Tension arm 2 is mounted in the tailgate of the baler and creates the high belt tension that will be distributed by tension arm one. When opening and closing the tailgate of the VB 560, tension arm 2 will tension the belts quickly keeping them aligned so the driver can continue with baling. This results in an opening and closing time of only 4 seconds!
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Fast Tailgate

The KUHN VB 560 features the fastest tailgate operation on the market thanks to the twin tensioning arm system. Within 4 seconds the bale is ejected and the tailgate is closed again!
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KUHN Net Wrap & Electronics

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Net Wrap System

One of the final steps in creating the perfect bale is the wrap. Securing a bale to protect it from the elements and from losing its shape is one of the most crucial steps. The less time required to secure the bale, the higher the baling operation output. KUHN’s net wrap system guarantees reliable and secure wrapping. The net wrap, with active stretch technology, ensures a firm bale shape with constant net tension throughout the entire wrapping cycle. KUHN’s innovative design maintains constant net tension during the wrap process. The net wrap system runs at 90% of the bale’s rotational speed to be able to stretch the net without breaking it. After leaving the bale chamber, the bale will not expand and therefore it will hold its density. The net wrap system spreads the net to the corners of the bale to prevent air pockets once the bale is wrapped, which will preserve the forage quality for longer.

Easy-To-Load Front Net System

The net is fed into the front of the bale chamber to ensure it is taken by the bale immediately and provides great visibility during operation. The VB 560 provides storage for up to two spare rolls of net wrap, one on each side of the machine. Due to the innovative net loading brackets, only one side of the net roll needs to be lifted when easily sliding the net roll into the active position. This KUHN side-load system allows the operator to take a roll of net wrap from the storage position to the active position while only supporting a fraction of the rolls weight, allowing for greater efficiency and operator comfort.
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Productivity at Your Fingertips

The key to achieving the productivity you expect from your KUHN machine, is the user interface. We listened carefully to the users of our machines to develop our new interfaces and monitors. The objective is to have a clear view of what your machine is doing at any time and to have all important settings at your fingertips. This ensures that you have full control of your machine.

KUHN VB 560 balers are ISOBUS compatible with an intuitive user interface, easy to control via the ISOBUS terminal of the tractor or via KUHN’s CCI 50, CCI 800 or CCI 1200 terminals. You can easily change settings such as bale density or net wrap layers from the comfort of your tractor seat.
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Equipment

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Specifications

BALE DIMENSIONS
 
Bale diameter
Bale size - width x diameter
Bale width
VB 560 TWINCHARGE VB 560 OPTIFEED VB 560 OPTICUT
31.5" - 72.8" (80 -185 cm) 31.5" - 72.8" (80 -185 cm) 31.5" - 72.8" (80 -185 cm)
5' x 6' (1.56 m x 1.85 m) 5' x 6' (1.56 m x 1.85 m) 5' x 6' (1.56 m x 1.85 m)
61.5" (156 cm) 61.5" (156 cm) 61.5" (156 cm)
BALE CHAMBER
 
Bale chamber
Bale chamber idler rollers
Bale pressure
Teardrop bar for bale chamber
Proportional valve soft core
Belts
VB 560 TWINCHARGE VB 560 OPTIFEED VB 560 OPTICUT
1 starter roller – 2 bale chamber rollers – 6 endless belts 1 starter roller – 2 bale chamber rollers – 6 endless belts 1 starter roller – 2 bale chamber rollers – 6 endless belts
Standard with HD bearings and seals Standard with HD bearings and seals Standard with HD bearings and seals
290 - 2393 psi (20 - 165 bar) 290 - 2393 psi (20 - 165 bar) 290 - 2393 psi (20 - 165 bar)
Standard Standard Standard
Standard Standard Standard
6 endless belts standard 6 endless belts standard 6 endless belts standard
INTAKE
 
Chain lubrication system
Intake system
Number of knives
Drop floor
Minimum cutting length
Knife protection system
Pickup width
Number of pickup tine bars
Pickup gauge wheels
Pickup windguard
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Optional Optional Standard
Direct twin feed rolls Integral rotor with Hardox tines Integral rotor with 19 knives and drop floor with Hardox tines
- - 19
- - Standard
- - 2.8" (70 mm)
- - Individual spring protected
90.6" (230 cm) 90.6" (230 cm) 90.6" (230 cm)
5 5 5
Standard fixed wheel with semi-pneumatic tire Standard fixed wheel with semi-pneumatic tire Standard pivoting pickup wheels semi-pneumatic
Standard with large 8.5" (217 mm) diameter roller Standard with large 8.5" (217 mm) diameter roller Standard with large 8.5" (217 mm) diameter roller
MACHINE CHARACTERISTICS
 
Bale kicker
Bale packaging system
PTO power requirement
PTO speed
Overload protection
Drawbar hitch
Tires
Transport width
ISOBUS Electronic monitor
Road lights and signaling
Required tractor hydraulic connections
VB 560 TWINCHARGE VB 560 OPTIFEED VB 560 OPTICUT
Standard Standard Standard
Net wrap only Net wrap only Net wrap only
110 hp (82 kW) 120 hp (88 kW) 130 hp (95 kW)
540 standard, 1,000 optional 1,000 standard, 540 optional 1,000 standard, 540 optional
Cam clutch Cam clutch Cam clutch
Standard height adjustable, upper and lower attachment possibilities Standard height adjustable, upper and lower attachment possibilities Standard height adjustable, upper and lower attachment possibilities
21.5L x 16.1 standard, 14.1 x 16.1 optional 21.5L x 16.1 standard, 14.1 x 16.1 optional 21.5L x 16.1 standard, 14.1 x 16.1 optional
120" (305 cm) on 14L X 16.1 wheels, 126" (320 cm) on 21.5L X 16.1 wheels 120" (305 cm) on 14L X 16.1 wheels, 126" (320 cm) on 21.5L X 16.1 wheels 120" (305 cm) on 14L X 16.1 wheels, 126" (320 cm) on 21.5L X 16.1 wheels
No terminal standard, CCI 50, CCI 800 or CCI 1200 control box optional No terminal standard, CCI 50, CCI 800 or CCI 1200 control box optional No terminal standard, CCI 50, CCI 800 or CCI 1200 control box optional
Standard Standard Standard
1 double acting valve, 1 open return, 1 single acting 1 double acting valve, 1 open return, 1 single acting 2 double acting valves, 1 open return, 1 single acting
MACHINE WEIGHT
 
Minimum machine weight
VB 560 TWINCHARGE VB 560 OPTIFEED VB 560 OPTICUT
9,260 lbs (4,200 kg) 9,590 lbs (4,350 kg) 10,140 lbs (4,600 kg)

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