John Deere rolls out new square balers

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John Deere has expanded its extensive hay equipment portfolio to include two new large square balers, the L330 and the L340 which the company says have been designed to maximise performance, increase uptime and lower costs for commercial hay operators.

John Deere rolls out new square balers
John Deere's new L series large square balers with high capacity rotor are designed to increase uptime, maximise performance and lower overall cost of operation for commercial hay operators.

"We’ve been working for years to develop a large square baler that will meet the tough demands of our commercial hay customers," says product line manager Jeremy Unruh from Ottumwa Works in the United States.

"And now we’re very pleased to launch the new L series square balers with high-capacity rotor to offer more efficiency, capacity and performance to commercial hay producers in our key markets."

The balers are designed with two pickup widths; 2.1m for the L330 and 2.3m for the L340. The balers feature a heavy-duty drivetrain with a 45 stroke-per-minute gear box to transfer power to other components.

The L330 is capable of producing square bales with a height of 90cm and a width of 90cm, while the L340 produces bales with a height of 90cm and a width of 120cm.

According to Unruh, the L series square balers use a dependable gear and shaft drive for the main components including the stuffer system and knotter drive system.

"And, the high-capacity rotor is driven with a cam clutch protected chain," he adds.

"Bottom line, these new balers redefine large square baler performance with added capacity and durability built into every machine."

A special heavy-duty single-fork system compresses the crop tightly before transferring the hay into the bale case to create dense, well-shaped bales.

A new on-board hydraulic density control allows the in-cab monitor to control hydraulic pressure on the cylinders against the bale case. Even when the moisture content changes, the pre-set density for the bales do not.

"We’ve designed the L330 with three hydraulic cylinders and the L340 with four hydraulic cylinders to adjust bale case tension," Unruh says.

"This durable density control system ensures the production of consistent, well-shaped large bales regardless of changing field conditions."

The L series balers also feature double-tie knotters with an integrated lubrication system. They are designed with a replaceable billhook and wiper plate for easier knotter repair and servicing.

Hydraulically-operated knotter cleaning fans in the machines keep trash and debris out of the knotter system, hence improving overall performance.

"Another great feature is the hydraulic roller chute, last bale ejection system," Unruh adds.

"It allows an operator who needs to clean out the last bale for each job, to wrap and eject the final bale regardless of size."

Other feature includes an optional precutter with 10 knives on the L330 and 23 knives on the L340.

Advanced technology is another prominent aspect of the L series, according to Unruh.

"ISOBUS electronics allows the new balers to work with JDLink software and are compatible with GreenStar displays," he says.

"Electronic knotter flags come standard on all balers to allow operators easier harvesting and location of bales in the field."

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