Making large square bales of high quality hay will get much easier in 2018 with the introduction of the model L331 and L341 large square balers from John Deere.
Both models feature several customer-requested enhancements, including a new MegaWide pick-up with or without pre-cutter, and numerous hay making options that hay producers can select from to best fit their operations.
According to John Deere’s senior marketing representative for hay tools Travis Roe, the two new large square balers, which will replace the previous L300 series large square balers introduced in 2015, are 100 per cent John Deere-designed and built from front to back.
‘‘They are a perfect fit for commercial hay producers, as well as larger dairy and beef producers, who demand more consistent bale densities with less crop loss, and who want to spend more time baling and less time clearing plugs and servicing the machine,’’ Mr Roe said.
The changes start with a new John Deere feed system that increases overall baler reliability and performance under a wide variety of tough hay making conditions to get more crop into the baler.
This includes a new wider and more robust standard 2.2m MegaWide pick-up with optional 2.2m and 2.5m Premium MegaWide pick-ups.
Another important new option customers can select from is BalerAssist, which allows the operator to more quickly and easily clear plugs without leaving the cab and makes it easier to access service points.
For twine tying, there’s a new electronic knotter trip option that improves bale length consistency.
The L331 model, which produces a 91.4cm x 91.4cm bale, and the L341 baler, which makes a 91.4cm x 122cm bale, can be used for many types of hay and forage crops, and offers improved performance when baling straw and cornstalks.
‘‘The new L331 and L341 models provide the durability, field performance and quality hay baling that hay and forage producers are looking for in a large square baler,’’ Mr Roe said.
‘‘These two balers offer a significant increase in productivity, consistent bale density and baling speed and control compared to previous models and competitive machines on the market today.’’
The new L331 and L341 large square balers can be ordered from November 1.
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