RANDY MILLER, IOWA
Randy Miller watched the ZR5 B1 prototype being tested on his farm for the last two years. "It amazes me that the current machine is relatively close to what it was when Vermeer started designing it," says Miller. After getting a chance to operate it in August, Miller says the baler provides a potential labor savings for farm operators. "It's a game-changer for guys that bale 5,000 to 6,000 bales a year," he says. "I would say it would cut baling time down. Instead of using two tractors and two balers, the operator could use just one, and they're done. Anybody that's got a self-propelled swather will be all over this, because it's already one piece of equipment without a tractor in front of it."
GERALD PIRNIE, NEBRASKA
"For me, I like the maneuverability and the ride of this new baler," says Gerald Pirnie. For someone who has baled a lot of hay with a pull-type baler, Pirnie notes the ability for the baler portion of the ZR5 to be separated from the power unit for service as an important asset.
TOBY ROSCOE, MONTANA
"I like the suspension and cab comfort of this machine," Toby Roscoe says. "We run a baler over pivot tracks and rough ground, so ride is important." He says the ability for the unit to be easily serviced was a big plus. "That way, you could keep the power unit and trade in the baler portion over time.”
GALE MILLSAP, NEBRASKA
Gale Millsap farms the land near Broken Bow, Neb., where the ZR5 was demonstrated. Having run Vermeer balers for the past six years, he knows about the reliability of the balers. "This is a far better ride than with a pull-type baler," Millsap says. "The ability to automatically make a bale, kick it out and go in one step, along with the zero-turn capability, are important features."