Following a strategic co-operation agreement with the Kuhn Group, John Deere has been selling limited quantities of its high capacity 1400 series large square balers in Ireland, which are now available for the 2013 season.
There are three basic models in the range, the 1433, 1424 and 1434, respectively producing bales 80cm wide by 90cm high, 120cm by 70cm and 120cm by 90cm.
Bale length ranges from 60cm up to 300cm, and can be controlled electrically from the tractor cab as an option.
Isobus is standard on 1400 series balers to allow the operator to adjust and control various settings from the tractor cab, including bale density and pre-cutter knife selection.
The tractor's existing Isobus monitor can be used if available, including John Deere's Green Star 2 1800 or Green Star 3 2630 touchscreen displays. Tractor power requirement is a minimum of 115hp.
The balers feature a heavy duty, high capacity rotor with direct crop intake from the pick-up and fewer wearing parts for increased performance in all crops and conditions.
Models with pre-cutters have 10 knives with individual spring protection on the 1433C, or 23 hydraulically protected knives on the 1424C and 1434C, giving a minimum cut length of 70mm or 45mm respectively.
The balers also feature a single tie knotting system, and hold 24 rolls of twine.
The pre-compression chamber and packer design, with a high capacity plunger working at 46 strokes/min, allows the baler to adapt to changing windrow conditions and produce a consistently hard, dense and well-shaped bale.
This helps to improve bale handling, stacking and ease of transportation, and results in a more attractive bale to feed or sell.