ohn Deere believes it’s new baler line-up can help farmers make hay even more efficiently than the company’s previous 8 Series balers could. Deere has replaced its entire line of balers with the new 9 Series for 2013. The 9 Series includes 12 new models that can put up hay in sizes ranging from 750 pound four-by-four foot bales to super-sized five-by-six foot bales that weigh in at 2,200 pounds dry weight.
“We’ve also added silage-special balers to the Class III and Class IV baler line-up, giving customers options for larger bale sizes in silage, especially new five-by-six-foot bales,” says Laura Cobb, senior marketing representative at John Deere’s Ottumwa Works. “For the 469, 559 and 569, we’ve made them faster and more durable, with faster gate cycles, heavier chains, and larger, stronger shafts, bearings and pickups. In addition, we’ve added adjustable tongues, extended lube drivelines and larger tire options for the 459 and 559 balers.”
The number of optional features available for the 9 Series balers will also grow, giving farmers a lot more choices to consider when they order a new machine. “They’ll have more optional features to choose from to customize their baler to the type of crop they have and the size of bale they want to handle,” adds Cobb. †