Farming Simulator 19 mod presentation: The Chäfer bunker forage harvester, created by Lunchbox.
Let’s get this out of the way, once and for all: This is a fantastic mod! It’s stunning in every way. But it’s not for all. More on that later.
The forager addon resembles a real-world rebuild of the Claas Jaguar 800. Apparently, there are only two versions of it in existence. Here’s a video of it “in the wild.”
Chäfer In-Game Features
This forage harvester comes with a bunker. Before you can start chopping, you need to unfold the bunker first.
Colors – You can add your favorite colors to most of the harvester. There are three color pickers available, for the body, for parts of the bunker, and the rims.
Wheels – You can use standard Mitas wheels on all axles. You can also choose to have tracks on the front axle.
Several Steering Options
The Chäfer harvester comes with two additional headers. First, there’s the pick-up header for use with grass swaths.
Then, there’s a direct cut header, which eliminates the need for mowers and windrowers.
If you want to harvest corn, you can use one of the base game headers. Just note that I had some trouble when using the Kemper 360 plus. For reasons I don’t know, the harvester skipped parts of the field.
The Chäfer harvester also has four steering options, crab steering included.
Simple IC Too
The modder has prepped the forage harvester for the Simple IC mod script. It lets you open doors, turn lights on and off (warning lights included,) and activate the bunker auger.
The Simple IC script is still in beta. On this page, you’ll learn where to download it and how to use it. Yes, it’s possible to use the harvester without installing the script.
Not AI Worker Friendly (Yet)
The Chäfer harvester is not an AI worker’s best friend. It’s made for manual use. It has a huge turning radius, making it hard for hired AI hands to maneuver it.
A simple life-hack is to do the turns manually, then activate the workers on the straight stretches.
(Updated February 6, 2020 A new, AI worker friendly version is available. See below.)
I have not tested it with Courseplay, but I can imagine the large turning radius being a challenge for that script, as well.
And no, it’s not a bug. The reversing speed is 5 kilometers per hour (3 miles per hour.)
FS19 Chäfer Bunker Forage Harvester Mod Specs
Lunchbox (the modder) has created an incredible mod for Farming Simulator 19. I believe he has built most of the chopper and the bunker from scratch. Impressive! It looks good, it sounds great, and it will make silage production easier for a lot of players.
- Brand: Bucher.
- Credits: Lunchbox.
- Category: Forage Harvesters.
- Base price: 650,000.
- Engine configurations: 1.
- Power range: 770 horsepower.
- Top speed: 31 kilometers per hour | 19 miles per hour.
- Working speed: Depends on the header.
- Bunker capacity: 44,000 liters.
- Selectable colors: Yes.
- Selectable wheels: Yes.
- Wheel brands: Mitas and Lizard.
- Errors: No.
- Platforms: PC and Mac.
One Tiny Flaw
I could not spot any errors after using the harvester. But, as I mentioned earlier, AI workers have problems operating it. The modder is currently working on a fix. (Fixed – See below.)
Oh, and foliage bending doesn’t work with this version.
Version 126.96.36.199 – AI Workers Works Now
(Updated February 6, 2020) The bunker harvester has received two significant upgrades in the last 24 hours. Here is the important stuff:
- Giants’ AI workers will no longer have problems operating this forage harvesting beast.
- There are adjustments of the all-wheel steering and the steering wheel animations.
- The update also includes an adjustment of the Claas colors.
Where to Download
You can download the Chäfer bunker chopper from the LS Company website. The blue button takes you there. Look for a green button labeled “Herunterladen.”
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