John Deere has introduced its 9000 Series Round Balers, designed for producers who bale silage or other forage for feed. According to Deere, these pre-cutter-type round balers are ideal for producers who pre-process the forage, making it easier to mix or grind before feeding.
“Many beef and dairy producers can save time and money by pre-processing silage and other forage crops when baling and put a denser, higher-quality forage in the bunk,” says Jeremy Unruh, product line manager of baling and mowing products for John Deere. “This is especially true when baling and feeding high-moisture silage. The 900 Series was designed specifically to address these challenges.”
The 900 Series features two models – the 960 and 990 – each with two different configurations. Producers can select between models with 13- and 25-knife pre-cutters that produce 4×5-ft. and 4×6-ft. sized bales. The knives also can be retracted, allowing the baler to be used for traditional hay/forage baling.
“The 13- and 25-knife pre-cutter configurations are the only configurations of the 900 Series Balers John Deere will sell in North America,” says Unruh. “This system increases bale density and the faster gate-cycle time enables operators to work faster. This means less time in the field, reduced handling and storage space requirements, and higher quality feed.”
Deere says the feeding system processes more than 63,000 pounds of dry matter each hour, with the ability to handle both dry and high-moisture crops. As well, Deere boasts the new pick-up design with five-tooth bars and in-line rotor make picking up the crop cleaner and more efficient.
“And, the bale chamber has been redesigned with three rolls, an off-set density arm and side sheets that expand and contract as needed,” says Unruh. “Regardless of the forage type, wrapped bales are ejected in less than five seconds for most conditions, thanks to a new concept in the bale ejection system.”
Each 900 Series baler has an independent frame; large tire options; heavy duty chains; bearings and belts; and a new net-wrap system. John Deere has also updated the twine-tying system, incorporating more functional styling, and simplified maintenance with auto chain lubrication and grease banks.
“In the past, producers who baled silage and other forages often had to compromise on what they wanted and needed in a baler,” says Unruh. “We’ve incorporated the latest technology into the 900 Series Round Balers, resulting in significant improvements in performance and uptime, lower cost of operation and denser, higher quality forage for feed while continuing to expand our round baler product line.”
Visit JohnDeere.com/Ag to learn more.