The V8 variable chamber round baler range has been designed with the demands of today’s farmer and contractor in mind. The McHale V8950 is a semi-automatic variable chamber baler fitted with a 15 knife chopper unit and heavy-duty rotor. It is equipped with a double drive system which allows the machine to operate in the toughest of conditions and aids belt rotation and bale formation. This baler comes with centralised grease blocks as standard. Automatic greasing is available as an option on all V8950 machines. The net and bale density can be adjusted from the cab through the Expert Plus control console. This baler is fitted with 500/50-22.5 tyres as standard

Key features include:

  • New pickup with a choice of cam track or cam-less to choose from
  • Larger lateral feed augers
  • Larger rotor
  • Adaptive intake
  • Selectable knives
  • Drop floor unblocking system
  • Three heavy duty endless belts
  • High performance netting system
  • Automatic greasing (optional)
  • New panels
  • Expert Plus control console
  • Bale kicker


Find out more about the McHale V8 range.



McHale has developed various types of pickups. After extensive testing, McHale decided it would offer customers the choice of two pickup options depending on their conditions: Cam pickup • As standard, a cam operated 2.1m high-intake galvanised pickup ensures excellent ground cleaning in all types of crop. The cam pickup runs on a cam track fitted with double raced cam bearings to stand up to the most testing of conditions. • All pickups across the McHale variable chamber baler range are fitted with five tine bars for optimal delivery of crop to the bale chamber. The 2.1 metre galvanised pickup will lift even the shortest of crop. A side inspection port allows the operator to quickly check and change the cam bearings. Camless pickup - Optional indent order only • A 2.1m camless pickup is available as an option on all machines in the variable chamber baler range. Six tine bars are fitted to all McHale camless pickups to provide excellent ground cleaning and fast delivery of crop to the chamber. The new camless pickup has been designed for increased output and, with that in mind, the cam-track free pickup is more reliable, consists of less moving parts and is maintenance free.

McHale pickups - standard features

Heavy Duty Pickup - All McHale pickups feature heavy-duty tine bar supports to ensure long service life. A vital part of the pickup is the tine; McHale has developed a pickup tine designed to lift even the shortest of crop. Efficient Crop Flow Delivery - The specially designed McHale pickup is positioned close to the rotor to improve delivery of the crop through the rotor to the bale chamber. Large diameter lateral feed augers help direct crop to the bale chamber, ensuring a consistent and even crop flow for producing high density bales. Adaptive Intake Over the course of a baling season, machines have to work with different volumes of crop. McHale has designed an adaptive intake which allows the intake area to automatically adjust for light and heavy crops. This avoids peak loads and results in higher daily throughput regardless of working conditions.

High Capacity Rotor

The V8950 is fitted with a 15 knife chopper rotor The feed rotor or chopping unit boasts a heavy-duty rotor and comb. The flights are welded on both sides for superior strength and, on the drive side, the rotor is fitted with a double row bearing with a long service life. The star-shaped feed rotors ensure a high capacity flow of grass into the bale chamber. The flights on the rotors are laid out in a spiral formation to achieve consistent crop flow. As crop enters the rotor, rotating flights feed the crop to the bale chamber. The flights on the rotor ensure high output, while the star layout reduces the load peaks as the machines work in heavy swaths.

Drop Floor

All balers in the variable chamber baler range are fitted with the McHale drop floor unblocking system, a feature which operators have come to love for its simplicity of use and effective unblocking cycle. As baling conditions are not always ideal, uneven swaths can occur which can lead to blockages. The drop floor unblocking system means blockages can be fed through in three simple steps: Drop the Floor • Should a blockage occur, the sound of the slip clutch alerts the operator, who can hydraulically lower the floor from the tractor cab. Re-engage the PTO • This widens the feed channel and, on re-engaging the PTO, the blockage can be fed through. Reset the Floor • The floor can then be reset to its original position and baling can resume.

Bale Sizes

The V8950 can produce bales from 0.60m to 1.90m The bale chamber on the McHale variable chamber baler range is comprised of 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 bale size can be adjusted up from the minimum setting in increments of 10mm.

Double Drive

A heavy-duty drive system powers belt and bale rotation on all machines in the variable chamber baler range. On all McHale V8940 balers, a double drive system is fitted to ensure belt rotation and bale formation. All V8 variable chamber balers are equipped with three heavy-duty endless belts as standard. These strong belts exert a high pressure on the bale in order to form a dense bale in the chamber. These belts are manufactured to the highest of standards using layers of synthetic and rubber material to form a durable endless belt with no joins. In more difficult conditions, such as wet heavy grass, if the primary drive slips slightly, the double drive will engage in order to aid belt and material rotation in the chamber. This double drive helps bale formation, as a constant pressure is kept on the chamber belts, resulting in the production of a solid and uniform bale even when dealing with a wet and heavy crop.


The McHale variable chamber baler range of balers are fitted with a continuous oiling system. Once the PTO is engaged, the continuous oiling system constantly lubricates the chains to ensure a long lifetime. The continuous oiling system on the baler is driven off the gearbox and delivers oil to the following chains: • Chamber drive-side chains • Rotor – drive chain • Pickup – drive chains • Pickup – cam track • Pickup – drive gears Greasing All balers come fitted with a number of manual greasing points which are easily accessible throughout the baler, either individually or through a centralised greasing block. The following bearings highlighted below are greased: • Bale chamber – drive side • Bale chamber – non-drive side • Rotor bearings – drive side • Rotor bearings – non-drive side

Automatic Greasing

A pressurised system delivers a measured amount of grease around the baler every time a bale is ejected from the bale chamber. Automatic greasing saves time as it reduces the amount of manual greasing to be done by the operator. A lube alarm sounds after 300 bales to inform the operator to refill the grease cartridge.

Control Console

The McHale V8940 and V8950 are fitted with an Expert Plus control console, which has a large graphic display. The console also gives the operator the choice of selecting a soft or hard bale core, depending on the customer’s feed out requirements. The control console can also store ten bale count totals, so the operator can record ten different counts that may be associated with different fields or different customers. From the control console in the tractor cab the operator can adjust the following: • Core size and bale size • Core density and bale density • Revolutions of net being applied The McHale Expert Plus Control Console also features: • Knife display • Door position display • Pre-net bale formation alert • Net usage (metres) • Bale size setting • Bale size display • Drop floor display • Lube count • Lube alarm • Net layers • Bale density • Bale shape indicator


Weight & Dimensions

Width - 2.58m / 2.62m* depending on tyre size

Lenght - 5.1m

Height - 3.075m

Weight - 4850kg

Working width - 2.10m

Pick Up

Tine Bars - 5

Tine Spacing - 70mm

Short Crop Guard - Optional

Crop Roller - Standard

Pick Up Guide Wheels (pneumatic) - Standard

Chopper Unit

Number of Knives - 15

Theoratical Chop Length - 65mm

Knife Protection - Hydraulic

Knife Deactivation - Hydraulic from Cab

Unblocking System - Drop Floor

Bale Chamber

Diameter (m) - 0.6m to 1.90m

Width (m) - 1.23

Bale Chamber Feed - 15 Knife Chopper Feed Rotor

Number of Belts - 3

Net Wrap

Control - Manual or Automatic

Net System - High Performance Netter

Net Adjustment - In Cab

Net Roll Capacity - 1+2 Storage


Gearbox - Split Drive

Main Drive Protection - Cam Clutch

Pick Up Protection - Slip Clutch

Chain Lubrication - Continuous

Bale Chamber - Double Drive


Conrol System - Expert Plus

Operation - Semi Automatic

Density Adjustment - In Cab

Bale Size Adjustment - In Cab

Inbuilt Camera - N/A


Axle - 8 Stud

Tyres Standard - 500/50/22.5

Tyres Optional - 560/45/22.5

Raod Lights - Standard

Electronics - 12 Voldt DC -20 amp

Bale Kicker - Standard


Minimum Hydraulic Flow - 30 Litres / min at 180 bar

Hydraulic System - Open. Closed or Load Sensing

Minimum PTO Requirements - 60kw (80hp)

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