New Variable Chamber Round Balers from John Deere
New variable chamber round balers from John Deere
John Deere is introducing a complete range of new V400 Series variable chamber round balers for the 2018 season, to
replace the existing 800 and 900 Series models. These high capacity balers have been designed to work more efficiently
and productively in all crop conditions from wet grass to dry, brittle straw, offering farmers and contractors increased
versatility and ease of operation.
Key features include a durable, extra heavy duty welded frame and a proven feeding system with a larger diameter
pick-up and one-piece in-line auger rotor for improved intake and crop flow. Heavier duty components such as bigger
drive chains, oversize roller bearings, a new bale density tension system and Hardox steel rotor tines have also been
incorporated in the new designs.
Lyndith Pastoral Company
Brad & Liam Teese, Lyndith Pastoral Company Beaudesert are 4th & 5th generation diary farmers. Lyndith Pastoral
have had a long standing relationship with John Deere hay equipment dating back to 1974, when Brad’s grandfather
purchased a new John Deere small square baler. Since that first purchase Lyndith Pastoral has owned two square balers
and now taken delivery of their third round baler.
Lyndith Pastoral Company has been working closely with their full time diary advisor Jim Wade of Wade Agricultural
Consultants and the following options were added to the new John Deere V451M baler. The 2.2m premium pickup with
Maxicut HC 13 knives premium rotor. The Maxicut HC 13 knife premium rotor is a critical option on the new baler for
the following reason.
“Long hay takes longer to digest and fills the rumen quicker. Chopped hay enables an animal to eat more because;
A. It doesn’t fill the gut as quickly, B. Is not wasted dropping out of a cow’s mouth beside the feed trough, C. Has a
greater surface area for rumen microbes & fungi to work on breaking down the fibre, increasing hay digestibility and
therefore producing a higher feed intake. D. A higher feed intake leads to higher weight gains in beef cattle or greater
milk production in dairy cows by as much as 10%., E. 75-100mm lengths of hay pre-cut for the cows lowers chewing
time which also leads to higher feed intakes and feed conversion efficiency.
The same principle applying to gut fill for cows applies to making a hay or silage bale. The bales will be denser, and
therefore will be heavier. This means for the same weight of hay or silage there is; A. Less bales to wrap and less plastic
to buy, B. Less bales store in a shed creating more space to store more forage, C. Less bales to transport, D. Less bales
are needed to be fed out for a given weight of hay or silage because the bales are more dense and heavier, and the cows
don’t waste as much.” Jim Wade.
For optimising the John Deere V451M baler, Lyndith Pastoral Company discussed other baler options with Tim Hoadley,
SEQ Sales Manager for Chesterfield Australia. After this discussion Lyndith Pastoral Company also added the following
options to the John Deere V451M baler. The compressor roller, castor action gauge wheels on pickup, knife slot fillers,
bale ramp, 500/50-17 tyres, automatic greasing, net & twine.
These options were added to help maximise the machine efficiency and provide more uptime. The V451M Variable
Chamber Baler delivers productivity, reliability, high bale weight, and versatility expected by growers with medium to
large farms. Thanks to the High-Capacity (HC) feeding system already implemented on previous 900 Series Balers and
the new bale chamber, the M-Series is perfect for baling materials from heavy silage to brittle, hot straw.