Deere rolls out new variable-chamber baler range
Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00
John Deere has unveiled its new 900 Series variable chamber baler design for large livestock farmers and contractors.
There are two models in the range, the 960 and 990, which can produce bales of 0.8-1.6m and 0.8-1.85m respectively.
With a 2.2m pick-up, the balers are available with either a non-chopper RotoFlow feeder rotor or chopper MaxiCut rotor, with either a 13 or 25-knife pre-cutter. The high capacity pick-up now features an extra row of pick-up tines -- five instead of the traditional four.
They are also equipped with a new drop-floor unplugging system under the rotor to facilitate the clearance of blockages quickly and easily.
A unique feature of the new series is the Fast Release System (FRS), which Deere says speeds up the bale ejection process using a unique 'curtain' design, which replaces the traditional tailgate.
Deere states that this design enables the operator to unload a bale in less than five seconds, which, the company claims, is up to 10 seconds faster than a conventional machine.
The fast ejection speed is helped by flexible bale chamber panel walls that ensure that the baler reaches maximum capacity, but also open slightly as the bale is ejected, to prevent any risk of the bale jamming in the chamber.