Farm Machinery Journal - G-1F125 Kombi

The Farm Machinery Journal from England, pays a visit to one of our customers and talks to them about their GÖWEIL G-1 F125 Combi

The Farm Machinery Journal from England, pays a visit to one of our customers and talks to them about their GÖWEIL G-1 F125 Combi


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First Impression // Göweil G-1 F125 <strong>Kombi</strong><br />

Austrian<br />

oddity<br />

The Göweil G-1 F125 <strong>Kombi</strong> is a rare machine in the UK, but that shouldn’t stop farmers and<br />

contractors taking a closer look. FMJ went to see the first example to land here<br />


hile combi balers are not<br />

a rare sight, here in the UK<br />

W<br />

the Göweil G-1 F125 <strong>Kombi</strong> is.<br />

In fact, the example here is the first<br />

and currently the only G-1 F125 sold<br />

by Göweil in the UK, excluding any<br />

used imports.<br />

Father and son Ian and Richard<br />

Lennie are contractors and farmers<br />

based near Chester who took the<br />

plunge after owning a previous<br />

Göweil (pronounced Gu-vile) baler<br />

and wrapper unit. And although<br />

Richard had a few bumps in the road,<br />

“A technician was<br />

on a plane first thing<br />

the next day. You<br />

can’t ask for more”<br />

it was Göweil ‘s customer service that<br />

ultimately sealed the deal on this<br />

machine. With no actual dealers in<br />

the UK to date, many would question<br />

why you would buy a baler from<br />

Göweil, but Richard and his dad Ian<br />

took a well-hedged bet on the<br />

Austrian firm.<br />

Ian Richard had already owned a<br />

Göweil wrapper frame with a Welger<br />

RP baler in it, which was lost to fire<br />

of the baler, and also a previous<br />

generation Göweil combi baler. “The<br />

first combi from Göweil we bought<br />

in 2016 had a few niggles,” explains<br />

Richard. “Always silly things, which<br />

was frustrating, but the factory were<br />

so good with back-up we weren’t<br />

worried. We had a breakdown once<br />

that we couldn’t fix and a technician<br />

was on a plane first thing the next<br />

day. You can’t ask for more.”<br />

When it came down to<br />

replacement, Richard briefly looked<br />

at a Kuhn, but having dealt directly<br />

with Göweil before, the Austrian<br />

manufacturer agreed to sell and<br />

provide back-up to a G-1 F125. The<br />

machine was actually ordered in<br />

2020 but arrived in<br />

time for the 2021<br />

grass season. “The<br />

only concern we<br />

had was secondhand<br />

value, but we don’t intend to<br />

change brand,” says Richard.<br />

“Technical support has been very<br />

good and there’s a WhatsApp number<br />

for parts. You can take a picture of<br />

the part you need and they UPS it<br />

overnight. It’s a brilliant system”.<br />

Baler and wrapper<br />

The G-1 is a 125cm fixed chamber baler<br />

with crop cutting and plastic or net<br />

binding. It has a dual orbit wrapper<br />

element at the rear. Ahead of the<br />

chamber is an upward feed of crop<br />

over the 570mm-diameter, six-point<br />

rotor through the bank of 30 knives,<br />

which is combined with the drop floor,<br />

or pop floor as it should perhaps be<br />

known given that it goes up not down.<br />

Either way, it allows blockages to pass,<br />

taking the knives out of work position<br />

and automatically resetting itself<br />

when the lump has passed.<br />


Göweil G-1<br />

F125 <strong>Kombi</strong><br />

Header 2.2m, six<br />

rows of tines<br />

Chopping 30<br />

double-sided<br />

knives<br />

Chamber 18 rollers,<br />

fixed<br />

Binding Net or<br />

full-width plastic<br />

Wrapper Twin orbit,<br />

750mm rolls<br />

Width 3.0m<br />

(standard tyres)<br />

Weight 8980kg<br />

Power requirement<br />

160hp<br />

Hydraulic requirement<br />

Min 80L/min (load<br />

sensing)<br />


Left: A monitor<br />

and two cameras<br />

are standard on<br />

the Göweil baler<br />

Right: The Göweil<br />

features plastic bands<br />

and six rows of tines,<br />

so should give a clean<br />

and quiet sweep<br />

Left: The G-1 is<br />

ISObus controlled<br />

and a stand-alone<br />

screen is available<br />

if your tractor is<br />

not compatible<br />

Right: Two crop<br />

press rollers and a<br />

hydraulically driven<br />

feed roller give a good<br />

feed with little room<br />

for bridging<br />

The knives are below the binding<br />

system and can be changed without<br />

tools or opening the chamber, or<br />

crawling around underneath. The<br />

knives are reversible and give a<br />

35mm theoretical chop length.<br />

Richard gives those on his baler a<br />

touch-up every 1000 bales so they<br />

don’t dull easily. The crop flow would<br />

see the knives working in the top of<br />

the swath, as it’s lifted by the pick-up<br />

rather than the bottom, so soil or<br />

stone contamination may play a<br />

factor in how long the edge lasts.<br />

Before the rotor is the 2.2m header,<br />

which looks well engineered and has<br />

a pendulum action to follow the<br />

ground. This allows each<br />

wheel to lift by 150mm<br />

without causing the<br />

opposite wheel to lift off.<br />

The jockey wheel arms<br />

wouldn’t look out of<br />

place on a plough. The<br />

roller crop press is equally<br />

well built with sealed<br />

bearings at either end of the<br />

double roller press. Behind that is<br />

a hydraulically driven feed roller and<br />

short augers to push crop in from the<br />

sides of the header. It’s all tightly<br />

arranged and Richard says the feed is<br />

good even in shorter crops, as there<br />

is little space for bridging.<br />

Above inset:<br />

Owner-operator<br />

Richard Lennie<br />

quickly dismissed<br />

more established<br />

brands in favour<br />

of another Göweil<br />

The pick-up is an area where<br />

Richard has seen great<br />

improvement. “With our old<br />

baler we did some work with<br />

Göweil on the tines. We did<br />

have some trouble with<br />

breaking tines and<br />

experimented with different<br />

angles, but we have only broken<br />

a handful on the new machine,” he<br />

says. Also Göweil adopted a plastic<br />

tine band that has worked very well.<br />

“We do have some meadowland that<br />

has some sharp undulations, and if<br />

you’re not careful it can cause the<br />

pick-up to bottom out. This would<br />

bend steel bands but the plastics just<br />

“It’ll make a good bale in<br />

pretty much any crop”<br />


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First Impression // Göweil G-1 F125 <strong>Kombi</strong><br />

pop back. It’s also much quieter and<br />

easier if you need to replace a tine,<br />

as they flex out of the way easily.”<br />

Inside the 18-roller chamber is a<br />

starter roller and above it a cleaner<br />

roller with a scraper. Richard doesn’t<br />

report any slippage in straw so the<br />

cleaner roller surface must keep it<br />

moving, the only drawback being<br />

that when working in straw the<br />

baler will roll the bale for a number<br />

of revolutions when the net is cut.<br />

“It’s not long, but all day it adds up,”<br />

Richard explains. “We’re hoping they<br />

can change the preset as it seems too<br />

long to me, but it’s only a minor thing<br />

really.<br />

Above and above<br />

right: The wrapping<br />

element is well<br />

proven, available as a<br />

frame for other balers<br />

as well as being part<br />

of development for<br />

another manufacturer<br />

Left: The Göweil can<br />

be fitted with any<br />

hitch. Adjustment for<br />

setting the drawbar<br />

to get the baler level<br />

is straightforward<br />

Above: Reloading the<br />

wrapper is a convenient<br />

job, done without lifting<br />

anything much above<br />

waist height<br />

Above centre: The chamber has a<br />

starter roller behind the rotor to<br />

get the bale turning and cleaner<br />

roller above to keep debris from<br />

clogging the other rollers<br />

“Bale density is good,” he continues.<br />

“It’ll make a good bale in pretty much<br />

any crop. We’ve made some plastic<br />

on plastic-bound bales for customers<br />

who wanted to see what they were<br />

like and the feedback has been very<br />

good.” Richard’s own bales have been<br />

very good, which has given him and<br />

Ian the confidence to recommend<br />

plastic binding to customers.<br />

Pay attention<br />

One of the few niggles Richard has<br />

found with the G-1 has been using<br />

plastic to bind the bale in dry crop.<br />

“You just have to pay attention when<br />

the film goes in,” he says. “Every now<br />

and then it won’t catch the bale and<br />

you end up not tying, which means<br />

digging the bale out if you miss it,”<br />

he continues, explaining that you<br />

can see the plastic going into the<br />

chamber on the camera and if the<br />

auto-tie misses and you spot it you<br />

can manually re-tie the bale. But, he<br />

adds, you have to be quick as the<br />

binding gets wrapped on a chamber<br />

roller. It’s not a common occurrence<br />

but in very dry grass it can happen.<br />

The wrapping element is well<br />

polished, Göweil having developed<br />

bale transfer and wrapping units for<br />

their own frame that houses other<br />

manufacturers’ balers. They have<br />

also developed the system used by<br />

another major manufacturer who<br />

offers a combi baler in this format.<br />


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First Impression // Göweil G-1 F125 <strong>Kombi</strong><br />

Richard says in optimal conditions<br />

a rate of 60 bales per hour is a good<br />

output.<br />

Plastic consumption with six layers<br />

provides 40 bales per pair of 750mm<br />

rolls, and binding plastic sees around<br />

140 bales per roll. “It’s a pound per<br />

bale more for plastic binding,”<br />

clarifies Richard. “With net you can<br />

bind twice as many bales per roll.”<br />

The storage on the Göweil is well<br />

laid out with seven rolls of wrap<br />

each side and space for a roll<br />

of net wrap or plastic in<br />

each store. The binding<br />

plastic has adjustment<br />

for stretch but Richard<br />

says he’s not tested the<br />

idea of applying less<br />

wrap on bales that are<br />

bound with plastic. “In<br />

theory you could apply<br />

less, but we wanted to see<br />

how customers liked the<br />

plastic binding before we got<br />

too clever, and how the bales<br />

stored too.” Silage quality is the<br />

main reason for plastic binding,<br />

but recycling is also easier as the<br />

products can be processed together.<br />

Clever connection<br />

The drawbar on the G-1 has a forage<br />

wagon-like look about it. An optional<br />

extra sees hydraulic cylinders fitted<br />

to the pivot point, the aim being<br />

easier entry into steep gateways,<br />

enabling the operator to raise or<br />

lower the front to stop the tail or<br />

pick-up grounding out. It’s a useful<br />

feature for this format of combi<br />

baler, as they are inherently low<br />

to the ground.<br />

The control interface is ISObus<br />

connected and Richard runs his<br />

through the New Holland T7<br />

IntelliView IV screen. It controls the<br />

G-1 and displays progress information<br />

for the wrapper and baler status.<br />

Above: The header<br />

wheels are<br />

substantially mounted<br />

and each wheel can<br />

rise by 150mm via the<br />

pendulum movement<br />

of the header<br />

Above: The T7.185 is a good match<br />

for the G-1 F125 and the<br />

AutoCommand transmission<br />

makes the day go by a little easier<br />

Left inset: External controls for<br />

opening the wrap store also<br />

allow manual control of the<br />

wrapper system<br />

Right: These cylinders allow the<br />

operator to lift or lower the front<br />

of the baler, with threaded<br />

adjusters for correct working<br />

height<br />

As with most balers, running is<br />

autonomous, only needing to stop<br />

for the chamber to open. The camera<br />

monitor supplied with the baler has<br />

two standard cameras looking at<br />

the binding material entering the<br />

chamber and the wrapper to monitor<br />

transfer and wrapping.<br />

Richard and Ian completed their<br />

first season by making over 7000<br />

bales with the G-1 F125 and are<br />

pleased with its performance and<br />

communication with the factory.<br />

Having had no warranty calls, the<br />

Göweil baler was cleaned down<br />

and parked for winter after a season<br />

without needing any technical<br />

support. Soon it’ll be getting ready<br />

for another busy season.<br />

The Austrian-built machine is a<br />

rare sight on UK shores, however as<br />

the south-east-based Cooney Furlong<br />

<strong>Machinery</strong> Company is handling the<br />

brand in Ireland, perhaps Göweil has<br />

gone straight for the combi baler<br />

jugular before we see a UK dealer,<br />

which we’re told is on the horizon.<br />

“We wanted to see how<br />

customers liked the<br />

plastic binding before<br />

we got too clever”<br />


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