The McHale Fusion 3 plus is impressing customers across the globe. Here we feature reviews from Fusion 3 plus customers who are impressed with the machine.
"William Morrin runs an arable farming and contracting business in Enfield, Co. Meath. William’s main tillage crops are wheat, barley and oil seed rape. William is kept busy with the arable farm and also does contract baling and wrapping as well as tillage work. During the winter months, William also does some haulage work which mainly focuses on lowloader work and grain drawing.
There is a strong history of contracting in William’s family. “My father bought his first conventional square baler in 1967 when he was 17. In 1984 he was one of the first men in the area to buy a round baler and in 1994 he started to deal with McHale when he bought his first 991B round bale wrapper.”
William’s contracting business covers a 20 mile radius from his yard. “We have ran combination baler wrappers since 2001 and in 2006 we bought our first McHale Fusion. Since then we have never had to put a bearing or roller in any of the Fusions we used”
“The Fusion is a much simpler machine than the previous combinations we ran, the other combinations were not balers everyone could drive whereas the Fusion is. Overall the Fusions make a better bale and have never given any bother, you could say they have been trouble free.”
“We changed to two Fusion 3 Plus for the 2015 season and our customers really like the film on film. No one we do film on film for would go back to net, it produces perfect silage. The bales are smaller as the film goes on tighter than net and this forces the air out of the bale. The bales keep their shape better in the stack, we have bales at home stacked 3 high and they are the same shape as the day they came out of the baler.
“We make all 30ft rows for in front of the balers, the Fusion 3 Plus is good to take crop in a big row so we often get the same output as three other balers in these conditions. We do between 15 and 20,000 bales per year.”
“Before we bought the Fusion 3 Pluses, we were putting on extra wrap for a lot of our customers, now with the Fusion 3 plus it costs the same but the film is better distributed across the bale which produces better silage. The Fusion 3 Pluses are great to chop. The machine has a good fast bale transfer that is reliable and works every time regardless of the crop being baled or if you are working on hills.”
“Since we have bought the Fusion 3 Pluses we have picked up a few more jobs where people bought bales we had done and saw the quality the film on film system was producing.”
“To anyone looking at a combination for 2016 William would have to advise them “For reliability and service McHale can’t be bet. We bought the Fusion’s from Lyons and Burton in Kilcock and Chris Dolan and the team there have looked after us well.” (http://www.mchale.net/reviews/william-morrin/)
Robert Hamilton worked for a contractor in 2001, when the contractor he worked for was exiting the business Robert took on the 2000 bales he was doing.
Robert took on the business and built it up and now works within a 40 mile radius of his yard. During the summer months, on the grass side of the business Robert runs a Forager and two Fusion 3 Plus machines and in the winter Robert mainly concentrates on hedgecutting and gritting.
Robert ran another green baler for a few years and then moved over to a McHale Fusion in 2009 which he bought from his local McHale dealer, Ramsey and Jackson. Robert said “The Fusions performance was like night and day in comparison to the baler he previously ran. McHale did what it said on the tin whereas other brands didn’t. The McHale does the job perfectly every time, it is a different machine altogether to anything else on the market”
“We put 30 ft of grass in at a time and the Fusion 3 Plus works away no bother. I think a 30ft row is a perfect match for the intake” commented Robert.
In an average year Robert does 19,000 bales per year which breaks down into 16,000 bales of silage and haylage and 3,000 bales of straw. Robert said “We cover all sort of ground from soft peaty to rolling hills and the Fusion transfers the bale every time. We chop about 25% of the bales we do per year. For our bigger customers we do 1,000 plus bales and for the smaller guys we do on average 200 bales per year but that sometimes depends on weather and grass growth.”
Robert told us “We do all our own maintenance and it is easy to maintain and well designed with maintenance in mind, we normally change the chains between 22,000 and 26,000 bales and with the automatic greasing and oiling the machine looks after itself.”
“The Fusion is simple to use and easy to train new drivers on, if there is any teething problems with new drivers, the machine is so simple the problem can be solved over the phone.”
Robert states “In 2014, we bought a Fusion 3 Plus as we wanted to offer something better than anyone else and stay ahead of the game.”
Robert says “I think the film on film is great as you’re producing a bale which is 3 inches smaller than a netted bale as the chamber film compresses it further so it gets more air out. We do all film on film bales on our own farm and find the film on film bales are much easier to handle than net and film bales as they hold their shape better and as there is a consistent 8 layers of film around the bale they are less prone to damage, I feel more and more customers will use film on film over time as the bales hold their shape much better and the quality of the silage is much better.”
Robert likes the control box on the Fusion 3 Plus as he says “The camera on the box means one less box in the cab and if changing tractors you do not have to change over multiple boxes or re-mount cameras.”
“No question that the McHale Fusion is the best machine choice in the combination market – Very well built product, well-engineered, not overly complicated, good back up service sums it up.” (http://www.mchale.net/reviews/robert-hamiliton/)