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Machinery: Deere unwraps its speedy new baler

Derek Casey

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Flexible: John Deere's new Kombi Ready option is available to order with any 900 series baler with fast release system
Flexible: John Deere's new Kombi Ready option is available to order with any 900 series baler with fast release system

John Deere's new variable chamber/wrapping combination baler will be seen for the first time on the company's stand at the British Grassland event in May.

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Developed in partnership with the Austrian Göweil company, a specialist manufacturer of bale wrapping systems, the G5040 Kombi Ready option is available to order with any 900 series variable-chamber round baler with fast release system.

This provides farmers and contractors with an integrated baling and wrapping alternative to the fixed chamber C440R wrapping baler.

Göweil manufactures the wrapper and chassis into which the 900 series variable chamber round baler is fitted by the John Deere dealer, minus its own axle, drawbar and bale discharge ramp.

The combination baler uses the same table transport system that received a silver medal at Agritechnica in 1997.

Deere claims the system works at the same speed as the 900 series baler, so while one bale is being wrapped on the table another one is being made in the chamber.

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The baler can also carry enough XtraFilm stretch wrap to bale all day without stopping.

The fast release system speeds up the baling process by enabling the operator to eject the completed bale in less than five seconds.

The 960 and 990 round balers are available with a choice of 2.2m wide RotoFlow or MaxiCut, 13 or 25-knife high capacity pick-ups. These produce bale diameters from 80 to 160cm, and 80 to 185cm, respectively.

Maximum bale density is provided by the bale chamber design, which means higher forage quality and higher productivity, as fewer bales per hectare need to be wrapped, handled and transported.

The GreenStar 1800 display controls most of the key machine settings and functions.

Finally, for those travelling to Grassland next month, the G5040 Kombi Ready wrapping baler will be shown alongside Deere's new 8000 series self-propelled forage harvester.

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