2017-09-08Press release

The Fendt Squadra 1290 UD square baler. In a class of its own.

The Fendt Squadra 1290 UD square baler delivers the best bale density available on the market today, since increasing agricultural yields and the global trend towards using biomass in industrial processes, for example in generating bioenergy, means that large volumes of agricultural products need to be stored and transported over ever greater distances. Fendt is breaking new ground with its top of the range model, the Squadra 1290 UD, and in launching a new generation of Fendt square balers. The Squadra is fitted with an innovative ultra main gearbox, as well as reliable knotters combined with a new generation of twine. The Fendt Squadra 1290 N UD will be available in its packer version for the 2018 harvest.

2017-09-08Press release

The Fendt Squadra 1290 UD square baler. In a class of its own.

The Fendt Squadra 1290 UD square baler delivers the best bale density available on the market today, since increasing agricultural yields and the global trend towards using biomass in industrial processes, for example in generating bioenergy, means that large volumes of agricultural products need to be stored and transported over ever greater distances. Fendt is breaking new ground with its top of the range model, the Squadra 1290 UD, and in launching a new generation of Fendt square balers. The Squadra is fitted with an innovative ultra main gearbox, as well as reliable knotters combined with a new generation of twine. The Fendt Squadra 1290 N UD will be available in its packer version for the 2018 harvest.

Press force of 760 kN produces straw densities of up to 245 kg/m³

The new Fendt Squadra 1290 UD generates a unique press force of 760 kN, which produces straw densities of up to 245 kg/m³. The key to producing such high densities is the new ultra main gearbox with drive train, which makes power transmission even more efficient. The tractor’s PTO speed is increased to 1,500 rpm via an intermediate gearbox on the baler. This 50% increase produces 130% more flywheel energy compared with the existing Fendt 1290 XD square baler, and reduces the maximum power requirement whilst running much quieter. In the ultra main gearbox itself, the driving torque is distributed in an intermediate step to two gears of equal speed, and then combined again in the large drive gear of the plunger. This torque distribution in the main gearbox allows double the power to be transmitted at a virtually constant main gearbox weight and dimension in comparison to the 1290 XD.

The increased piston speed of 50 strokes/min, together with the redesigned pick-up with five controlled tine bars, 80 tines and a driven feed rake across the full width, also produces a 20% increase in output.


The hydraulic cylinders which are 55% (total diameter 178 mm) larger than those on the current Fendt XD square baler, generate enough force to achieve the maximum possible bale weight. Further to this, the OptiForm Ultra compression chamber, which has been extended by 0.7 m, produces a perfect bale shape throughout its life.

Six new ultra double knotters and the new generation of twine for optimised

The consistent implementation of the unique Ultra Density concept with six double knotters required the development of a new generation of twine. New UHD twine has been developed in collaboration with leading twine producers, and the Fendt double knotters have been fully revamped and designed to produce the maximum possible bale densities. You’ll still get all the familiar benefits of course, such as better accessibility and lower twine consumption.

The twine supply of 36 rolls, divided between two rows and easily accessible, guarantees efficiency throughout the whole day, and the dust-proof twine boxes can be easily swung to one side if you need to carry out maintenance.

New design is ideal for high-performance equipment

Thanks to the new chassis, the Fendt Squadra 1290 UD is available in various outer widths with different tyres: 620/50R22.5 or 620/55R26.5 tyres at an outer width of less than 3 m, and maximum tyre size 710/50R-26.5 at an outer width of 3.2 m.


The new top model among the Fendt square balers, the Squadra 1290 N UD, will of course also come in a new, progressive design, reflecting the high performance and quality standards.

New operating interface for easy use via the ISOBIS-compatible Varioterminal

Development of the Fendt Squadra 1290 UD square baler has focused largely on the electronics. The entire baler is controlled via ISOBUS, meaning that the re-designed and intuitive operating interface can be conveniently used via the Fendt Varioterminal or any other ISOBUS-compatible terminal.

Our verdict: The new top dog among square balers, the Squadra 1290, produces the highest bale density on the market, a major factor in reducing transport and storage costs. The output shows an increase of 20% compared with the tried and tested Fendt 1290 XD square baler, as does the exceptional bale density (+20%)

Fendt Squadra 1290 N UD technical specifications:

• Bale size (width x height): 120 cm x 90 cm
• Bale length, maximum 320 cm
• Feeding system: Packer
• Plunger speed: 50 strokes/min
• Tying: 6 double knotters
• Twine: AGCO UHD Twine
• Twine storage capacity: 36 rolls
• Power requirement: 257 kW/350 HP
• Weight: 13,400 kg