CUT AND CATCH

New balers head­ing to Aus­tralia

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WITH THE in­tro­duc­tion of the 0 Se­ries Round Balers for the 2018 hay­ing sea­son, John Deere is of­fer­ing its first North Amer­i­can-built round baler pre-cut­ter and the in­dus­try’s first 1.5 m (5 ft.) pre-cut­ter baler. The four mod­els that com­prise the new 0 Se­ries Round Balers build upon the pop­u­lar 9 Se­ries Balers and in­clude sev­eral new fea­tures that im­prove hay pickup and over­all bal­ing speed and pro­duc­tiv­ity in the field. "The new 0 Se­ries Round Balers ex­pand our port­fo­lio of hay and si­lage, and now pre-cut­ter balers," John Deere’s Nick Wein­rich said. "In fact, the 0 Se­ries Baler line in­cludes the high­est ca­pac­ity Class II and III pre-cut­ter round balers on the mar­ket to­day, and we’ll of­fer cus­tomers the first Class IV 1.52 m x 1.82m (5 x 6-foot) pre-cut­ter round baler avail­able."

The four new 0 Se­ries Balers in­clude:

460M and 560M with dry hay, si­lage or pre-cut­ter op­tions; 460R and 560R, two pre­mium mod­els with dry hay or pre-cut­ter op­tions. A new fea­ture is the Mega-Wide HC2 feed sys­tem that de­liv­ers faster hay in­take and pro­cess­ing, which in­creases bale-mak­ing ca­pac­ity per hour com­pared to pre­vi­ous and com­pet­i­tive mod­els. It also helps op­er­a­tors han­dle a wide va­ri­ety of for­age ma­te­rial and swath sizes with ease by of­fer­ing a 2.2 m pickup on both 1.21 m and 1.52 m bale mod­els, al­low­ing them to cover more hectares per day. In ad­di­tion, the Mega-Wide HC2 feed sys­tem has a larger di­am­e­ter roller baf­fle sys­tem; twin-ro­tor feed sys­tem for more uni­form hay in­take and pro­cess­ing; a self-clean­ing drop floor that al­lows the op­er­a­tor to re­move plugs from the cab; and a third drive roll that elim­i­nates belt slip­page when bal­ing heavy, wet si­lage bales and re­duces pre­ma­ture wear on belts and drive rolls. "The 0 Se­ries Round Balers are en­gi­neered and built to pro­duce con­sis­tently dense hay through­out the bale and pro­vide greater up­time in the field,” Mr Wein­rich said. “Tests have shown a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in bale den­sity and pre­cut bales can greatly re­duce or elim­i­nate mixer/grinder time when mak­ing feed ra­tions. "Like the 9 Se­ries be­fore, these new balers will set the stan­dard for dura­bil­ity, field per­for­mance and hay qual­ity."

New bale ac­cu­mu­la­tors

In ad­di­tion to the new 0 Se­ries Round Balers, John Deere is in­tro­duc­ing two mod­els of round bale ac­cu­mu­la­tors to give cus­tomers the abil­ity to carry up to two round bales be­hind the baler while mak­ing a third bale in the cham­ber. The new John Deere A520R and A420R Plus2 Ac­cu­mu­la­tors are fully in­te­grated into the de­sign of the balers and can be used with 1.8 m di­am­e­ter John Deere 8, 9 and 0 Se­ries Round Balers. These ma­chines will al­low the op­er­a­tor to strate­gi­cally place the bales where it is the most ef­fi­cient for bale re­moval, while dra­mat­i­cally re­duc­ing the dam­age to crop re­growth from ex­ces­sive field travel. One or two bales can be dumped from the cart at the op­er­a­tor’s pre­ferred lo­ca­tion while the ma­chine is bal­ing. "The use of round bale ac­cu­mu­la­tors has shown to re­duce bale re­trieval time by up to 50 per cent while sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing crop dam­age, soil com­paction, fuel con­sump­tion, and labour and op­er­a­tor fa­tigue as­so­ci­ated with col­lect­ing in­di­vid­ual bales scat­tered across the field," Mr Wein­rich said

John Deere will re­lease a new se­ries of balers and ac­cu­mu­la­tor at­tach­ments in Aus­tralia for the 2018 hay sea­son.

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