Vermeer, Pella, Iowa, is building the first five ZR5-1200 self-propelled balers to make available at a limited number of Iowa and Nebraska Vermeer dealerships in key cornstalk baling areas where the machines can put up a large number of bales during this fall season. The first of its kind, the ZR5 self-propelled, zero-turn baler can make quick work of a field while offering an unprecedented level of operator comfort and maneuverability. An independent suspension system within the ZR5 self-propelled baler allows operators to better handle the uneven ground conditions that naturally come with baling. The zero-turn feature provides two major benefits: The increased efficiency when turning on the end row, and the ability for the ZR5 to quarter turn when ready to eject a bale. The quarter-turn capability is part of an automated process. The ZR5 baler stops automatically when the bale hits full size. It then applies net and rotates the machine a quarter turn before ejecting the bale automatically. Positioning bales in a straight row can save up to 35 percent in time when it comes to picking up and loading bales. The ZR5 features a hydrostatic ground drive and a hydraulic baler drive. A 200 horsepower Cummins diesel engine powers the ZR5 down the road at 30-plus miles per hour. For more information, see a dealer or visit

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