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Biobaler SystemThe BIOBALER WB-55 is part of the BioBaler SystemMC by ANDERSON. We invite you to learn more about biomass and the benefit of the BioBaler.

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With the usage of only one tractor, it's now possible to convert vegetal and woody biomass from 4 inches diameter into a 4 foot netted and compacted round bale ready for industrial usage.

The Biobaler WB-55 is design for forestry and agricultural biomass harvesting in rough conditions, on any type of ground.

BASIC features
  • Mulcher head 2.25 m (88.5 in)
  • Fixed chamber 1.2 m x 1.2 m (4' x 4')
  • 2 forestry tires 500/60-22.5
  • Rear camera
  • Twine wrapping system
  • Axle lift system
  • Electronic control box
  • Rear road lights
  • Box for rolls of twine 8
The Biobaler
An innovative solution!

The BioBaler Harvesting System is a simple concept. In a single pass, with only one operator, the BioBaler cuts and compacts biomass into dense round bale. Bales can be collected on site at any time after harvest.

The philosophy behind the BioBaler harvesting system is to use a small dimension harvester to collect and densify the biomass in the field reducing the ecological footprint. Tha shape and density of bales allow a better cost efficient transportation from the field to the power plant with conventional equipment. At this point, the biomass can be processed according to the specifications of the facilities with more efficient equipment.

Bales can be delivered directly to the plant or be stored in the field for future use. Bales of biomass will not deteriorate during storage over a long period, even though they are harvested in very wet conditions. An advantage of this technology is that biomass bales dry out naturally without risk of spontaneous combustion, thereby increasing its heat potential; unlike a pile of woodchips that are rotting.

Each bale contains over 1 MW/hr of energy depending of the type of biomass. The BioBaler can produce up to 40 bales/hr (20 tons/hr) in plantations and 15-18 bales/hr (8-10 tons/hr) in natural environments. The BioBaler can collect different species of shrubs, bushes and trees up to 15 cm (6 in) in diameter.

Up to now, the BioBaler Harvesting System is the only commercially viable technology able to collect natural brushes.


BIOBALER output: a compact round bale

The BioBaler produces a round, compact bale that is easy to handle ans transport.

Each bale weighs around 500-600 kg (1000 - 1200 lbs).

MOVING, storing and drying process

Round bales of willow and poplar will dry naturally from 50-55 % to 18-20 % moisture content (canadian observation).

Within 8 weeks of warm weather, willow and poplar moisture content will decrease naturally. Result may vary depending of general condition of your country.

LOGISTIC of bales after harvesting

From the middle of the field to the road
Bales can be picked up by an Anderson self-loading bale carrier. This carrier will collect the bales into the field, and drop the bales along the road or in the field.

From the road to the power plant
Once bales are dry, they can be picked up from the field, and sent to the power plant to be ground or burned. A regular flat bed conventional trailer can contain over 40 round bales per load.

Biobaler biomass bales


SRC willow biobaler

ABOUT BIOMASS - Harvest the future!

Biomass is an organic material from plant or living organisms. Plants and trees capture energy from the sun and store it as biomass. Biomass can be use as raw material for industries or energy producers.

Biomass from forests and agricultural land is renewable and a sustainable feedstock for clean energy production in the future. This biomass can be harvested simultaneously with management of green areas, such as under power transmission lines, roadside, or abandoned farmland (for site restoration).

In natural environment, such as forests and bushlands, biomass is harvested to restore wildlife habitats, reduce wildfire hazard and minimize herbicides used.

Biomass can come from short rotation woody crops (SRC) of trees like willow, hybrid poplar, and many others.


Short rotation crop; willow, poplar, encalyptus, and many more.

SRC willow poplar biobaler

Natural brushes, invasive trees and plants; Gorse/Ulex Europeaus, and many more

natural brushes biobaler

Power lines and roadside

power lines brushes harvest biobaler

Fruit plantation, pruning operation

pruning, fruit biobaler


BIOBALER concept

Biobaler harvesting system concept patented


BENEFITS of the BioBaler
  • Low capital cost - The BioBaler is an affordable solution to cut, collect, and compact biomass in a friendly package
  • Small dimension machine - The BioBaler can be transported from one field to another without special regulation.*
  • Cost efficiency of bale transportation - Round bales produced by the BioBaler, can be stacked on a flat bed conventional trailer. Over 40 bales can be transported per load.
  • Handling bales with conventional equipment - You don't need to spend money on extra equipment, bales can be handle with standard equipment.
  • One man operation
  • Easy storage - Round bales can be stored in the field, or at the power plant location by stacking them.
  • Bales dry naturally - Rouns bales of willow and poplar produced by our BioBaler system allow air to pass through the core of the bale. This will allow the bale to dry naturally, without extra cost. From the harvest, 8 weeks of warm weather is needed to decrease the moisture content from 50-55% to 18-20%. **
  • Versatile machine - The BioBaler can be use to harvest biomass in natural forests, under power lines, short rotation crops (SRC), several tree species and environment.
  • Cost efficiency of transporting bales

* Read and respect your local road regulation
** Canadian observation. Within 8 weeks of warm weather, willow and poplar moisture content will decrease naturally. Result may vary depending of general weather conditions of your country.

biobaler benefits round bales biomass


BASIC Features
  • Mulcher head 2.25 m (88.5 in)
  • Fixed chamber 1.2 m x 1.2 m (4' x 4')
  • 2 forestry tires 500/60-22.5
  • Rear camera
  • Twine wrapping system
  • Axle lift system
  • Electronic control box
  • Rear road lights
  • Box for rolls of twine: 8
  • 12-foot long pole
  • 2 forestry tires 700/45-22.5
  • Hydraulic brake system (EU regulation)
  • Bumper (mount of frontal hydraulic 3 point hitch)

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TECHNICAL Specifications
Drawbar lenght 6-foot long 12-foot long
Power take-off required
Power (Min/Max)
Rotation speed (running speed)

150 kW (200 HP) / 187 kW (250 HP)
1000 RPM
1 3/4 Z20
3 point hitch

cat. 2 or cat. 3

cat. 2 or cat. 3
Drawbar with center pivot
Lenght (Drawbar and hitch)
Lateral offset

2286 mm (90 in)
1180 mm (46.5 in)

4120 mm (162 in)
2360 mm (93 in)
Base height of the coupling (A)
Width (B)
- Minimum height (H min)
- Maximum height (H max)
Lenght (L)

620 mm (24.5 in)
2585 mm (101.75 in)
2460 mm (97 in)
2970 mm (117 in)
5460 mm (215 in)

620 mm (24.5 in)
2585 mm (101.75 in)
2460 mm (97 in)
2970 mm (117 in)
7290 mm (287 in)
Basic machine

6820 kg (15 035 lbs)

6820 kg (15 035 lbs)

Biobaler dimensions

Forestry tires
Inflation pressure

500/60-22.5 16 PR
2.5 bar (40 psi)
Optional forestry tires
Inflation pressure

700/45-22.5 16 PR
2 bar (30 psi)
Axle lift system
Ground clearance (lowered position)

210 mm (8.25 in)
510 mm (20 in)
FEED System Components
Working width
Exterior width
Number of teeth
Rotor speed rotation

2250 mm (88.5 in)
2580 mm (101.75 in)
2000 RPM
Feed rotor Flail hammer
Bale Chamber
Baling density
Steel roller with bar conveyor chain
1250 mm (49in)
1200 mm (47 in)
Can be adjust using the hydraulic pressure limiter
TYING Mechanism
Automatic double twine tying
Number of revolutions

13 to 22
Twine type
Sisal (biodegradable)

300 m/kg
400+ m/kg
Box of rolls of twine
Number of rolls

TRACTOR Requirements
Hydraulic circuits
4 double acting control valves

Oil flow
Max flow
Max pressure
Min pressure

80 L/min (19 GPM)
190 bar (2800 psi)
130 bar (2000 psi)

Engine Horse Power
PTO shaft size

150 kW (200 HP) / 187 kW (250 HP)
1 3/4 Z20
Forestry type
SECURITY Protection
Forestry protection under the tractor (skid plate)
Roll cage over the tractor cab
Steel grid over the back window of the tractor (hole smaller than 25 mm (1 in))




Anderson BioBaler Worldwide demo tour - spring 2011

Check out these videos on YouTube:

Biobaler operating in Croatia, 2011

Biobaler operating in UK, 2011

Biobaler harvesting in Aronia, POLAND, Nov 2010

Biobaler harvesting GORSE, UK, Nov 2010

Demo day, GERMANY, 2010


BioBaler European Demo Tour Spring 2010

BIOBALER: Biomass harvesting system