Bale King - Model VR683 - 18-22 Wheel Rake - Supersteer
Bale King VR683 rakes are the beast of the raking business. These machines have all the boxes checked for high volume hay production including:
- Up to 42ft of raking coverage
- Supersteer turning system
- 3 full size kicker wheels
- Flex frame
- Hydraulic windrow width adjustment
- 10 implement tires
- Spring tine or rubber mounted tine options
You expect your rake to follow the contours of the land, to sweep every inch, and to gather fine grasses while still be being maneuverable in the field. In our experience, the usual design just doesn’t cut it when you get to this size. The Bale King VR683 much more than a standard rake with a few extensions. Through years of development, our big rake has become purpose-built to handle its sheer size without compromise.
- 18 Wheel – Up to 34ft coverage
- 20 Wheel – Up to 38ft coverage
- 22 Wheel – Up to 42ft coverage
- Kicker wheel option – 6ft center coverage
- Reduced wheel spacing for fine, mowed hay
Supersteer System – Maneuverability is everything in the hay field and large rakes often lead to a large turning radius which just doesn’t work when you’re trying to turn on a headland up against a fence line.
The VR683 Supersteer truly handles like a rake half its size. In field position, the VR683 pivot’s around its center casters which cuts its wheelbase in half. The center casters are locked forward while the rear casters pivot freely. You’ll have no problem making your headland turn in fields cut back and forth.
The Supersteer navigates the curves better too. The short wheel base follows the tractor without having to drive over your windrow as you hug the outside of the curve.
For stability in road mode, the rear casters are locked while the center casters pivot.
Kicker Wheel Option – Full raking coverage is imperative for even drying in both mowed and windrowed conditions. In either case, only full sized kicker wheels are up to the task.
The VR683’s raised hitch provides clearance for 3 full size 62″ kicker wheels with full suspension travel.
With a span of 6ft, the kickers sweep the windrow width completely while the large diameter wheels provide the ability to turn a center windrow.
The kicker wheel frame automatically folds in for transport when the booms are closed
Flex Frame – The flexible frame on the VR683 allows the long booms to follow the contours of your land. This prevents misses while traversing the dips and gouges while cresting the knolls.
This flexibilty also maintains more consistent tine pressure in rolling ground for improved tine life.
The flex frame is supported by a tandem axle at the hinged joint and a wrap around caster at the front
62” diameter spring tine rake wheels: 15% larger than the industry standard of 55”. As a result, Bale King rake wheels roll easier and perform better in heavy crops. Because they turn slower, they’re also easier on fragile crops.
The VR683 is tailored for fine, bar mowed hay crops. The rake wheels are positioned closer together to ensure complete ground coverage.
Also standard 48 tines per wheel: 20% more than the industry standard of 40. With closer spaced tines comes better flotation and better ground coverage in fine crops.
The VR683 features Bale King’s patented rake wheel suspension system with heavy duty arms. The spring travels along a central slide rod on poly guides which provides exceptionally smooth and consistent rake wheel flotation. This suspension system also eliminates the spring eye loops common on entry level tension spring systems which are prone to failure.
Tines are individually replaceable with only one bolt, and a single tine can be replaced in about a minute. Wind guards are standard on all models
On a Bale King, each boom has ground pressure adjustment and each wheel on the boom and also be independently adjusted.
Hydraulic windrow width adjustment is standard. Set your windrow width as wide as your baler pickup to minimize weaving. Make consistent bales throughout the field even if your crop is not.
Other rakes use a telescoping rear frame design to adjust their windrow width. This design reduces rigidity and often requires tools, jacks, and forward motion to adjust. The VR683 addresses those issues with hinged pivots rather than rather than sliding frames. The main frame stays rigid while the pivot boxes swing in and out for simple adjustment on the go.
A windrow width gauge clearly shows your width position
With nearly 4ft of clearance, the VR683 will handle heavy crops without plugging
Bale King rakes employ a fixed rear frame to tie the rake booms together while a scissor style opening linkage connects the center of each boom to the hitch pole. This design offers a more consistent windrow width and much more frame rigidity than floating boom style machines, but there can be a tradeoff. While adjusting the windrow width outward, the rake booms pivot around the scissor mechanism which pushes the front of the booms inwards.
The net effect is that while your rake may cover 42ft at its narrowest windrow width setting, it might only reach 36 feet at its widest setting. This can be a big deal if you need all 42ft to reach. Bale King’s standard compensation cylinder solves this issue by automatically repositioning the scissor linkage to maintain full raking width at all times.
Additional features include:
- A cast hitch with optional clevis insert
- A tapered hitch extension which allows for sharper turns
- A triple trussed center pole and for excellent bounce and side-pull resistance
- All surfaces are either powder coated, galvanized, or plated for a durable finish
- All mechanisms are protected by UHMW wear pads, poly bushings, or grease
Running Gear – 10 Tires Standard
These large 11Lx15 tires distribute the weight to protect soft or sandy hay meadows. An upgrade over common automotive tires, these implement tires are built to resist punctures and pinholes from short hay stubble.
The caster wheels pivot on a 2″ hardened shaft king pins shaft. In rough ground with pivot ruts or gopher holes, anything less will eventually bend.
Each caster is equipped with a spring loaded brake system to dampen the caster’s motion at transport speeds.
The spring loaded caster locks automatically engage when lined up.
Safety chains and road lights are standard
Telescoping transport links make hookup easy on uneven ground. Extend the links out to connect the booms to the hitch and when you drive away, the spring loaded locks will snap closed to secure the rake.
Base Machine (18 wheel)
- Raking Scratch Width – up to 34ft
- Windrow width adjustment range – 4′ to 6’6″
- Transport Length – 40’8″
- Transport Width – 14’2″
- Weight – 9600lb
The base VR683 has 18 raking wheels. Kits are available to extend it to 20 or 22 wheels.
Each kit includes all parts necessary including boom extensions, hitch extensions, raking wheels, hoses, and hardware.
Kicker Wheel Kit – 3 Full Size 62″ kicker wheels for complete raking coverage
This provides raking coverage directly behind the tractor. It is suitable for both mowed or windrowed hay. The kicker wheels auto-fold for transport and they lift/lower with the main raking wheels. The system can be disabled via a toggle switch.
The kit includes the kicker wheel frame, wheel lift and suspension system, and the raking wheels. The kit may also include a hitch extension if necessary.
Rubber-Mounted Tine Wheels – An alternative to the standard spring tines.
Rubber mounted tines perform better under certain conditions including tough windrows mixed with regrowth. The stiff rubber mounted tines can get deeper under the crop for more complete pickup.
These tines are durable and low maintenance. When the time comes, they are individually replaceable with only one bolt, a single tine being replaceable in about a minute. Wind guards are standard on all models. Please note that the rubber-mounted tines require a different rake wheel assembly