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John Deere doubles down on forage equipment

With hay in high demand, John Deere's got an advanced line up of hay and forage products

John Deere has released three new products for hay and forage growers.

“With the straw market that we have today in our variant livestock sector, John Deere is capitalizing on that opportunity,” said Jeremy Unruh, John Deere’s product line marketing manager. “We’re hitting where the market’s hot.”

1. Self-propelled swather

The W155 self-propelled windrower replaces the W150 that was introduced three years ago. (“The model number indicates 155 engine horsepower,” Unruh said.) “This a Final Tier 4 engine with a 4.5L Litre John Deere engine. Our previous model had a Cummins. We’re transitioning that to a John Deere engine.”

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The W155 can be transported 9.5 per cent faster than John Deere’s other Windrowers with the same horsepower.

“We’ll continue to maintain the same header options that we had.”

2. Triple mounted mower conditioner

There are five new models of mower conditioners in John Deere’s 2016 lineup. These replace the current 131 and 388 models.

Two of the new models (F310R and F350R) are front machines with cutting widths of 3.1 and 3.5 metres. They have a “sleeker design at the edges,” Unruh said, for better operator visibility.

Combining either of these two fronts with two different configurations of rear machines (two 3.1 metres or two 3.5 metres) allows for three different configurations: R870R, R950R or R990R with cutting widths of 8.7, 9.5 and 9.9 metres.

The R990R has a cutting width of 9.9 metres.

The R990R has a cutting width of 9.9 metres.
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3. 459E round baler

“Our 459E is a great little baler,” Unruh said.

“It’s coming in at a competitive customer price point, to help us get in there with some of our customers who aren’t quite as large, who don’t need the bells and whistles we have on some of our other products.”

“With the 459E,” Unruh said, “we will give our customers the option of having twine or net.” Using net wrap, John Deere has calculated, is 75 per cent more efficient than twine, and results in 30 to 60 per cent less spoilage.

The 459E comes in at a competitive price.

The 459E comes in at a competitive price.
photo: John Deere

Diamond Belts cover more than 90 per cent of the bale chamber. “Our competitors in the same space have wider gaps,” Unruh said, “that allow more hay to be lost.”

An adjustable hitch will allow users to hook up to any tractor.

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