While John Deere has been in business since 1837, in 2014 it released their first large square baler.
A crowd of dealers from across North America were introduced to the baler and many other new products with much fanfare at John Deere’s 2014 product launch in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. Excited dealers were on-hand as they unveiled their latest line of equipment and new tractors, including Deere’s prototype of a four-track 4-wheel drive tractor – making the company the only one with wheels, two-track, and four-track for 4WDs.
First John Deere large square baler
click image to zoomVisual Services-East MolineLarge Square Baler This year’s launch brought significant additions and updates to John Deere’s hay and forage lineup, including the company’s first large square baler. With an agreement signed with Kuhn in 2011, John Deere’s Jeremy Unruh, product line manager at their Ottumwa Works (Iowa) plant, said, “We took a single-tie machine made in Europe and redesigned it to fit the U.S. market with a double-tie machine, made in Ottumwa, Iowa.” He said they changed over 85% of the original design, with over 2,100 parts on the L340.
The balers, L330 (3x3-foot bales) and L340 (3x4-foot bales) feature John Deere’s double-tie knotters, which they designed for easier servicing. The L330 operates at 83-inches of width and the L340 at 90-inches. The balers’ information and pricing will be available at midnight on August 28, 2014. Unruh said they are currently creating the new production line at the Ottumwa works, but hope to have them ready for the 2015 hay season.
I asked Unruh about the status of their small square balers, which have not seen a recent design update, and he said they had a conference call on the matter in the past week, realizing that’s an important machine for many customers, but they’re still evaluating the small square baler as far as a redesign or improvement launch.
Third windrower in three years
click image to zoomVisual Services-East MolineW260 Windrower John Deere again updated its windrower series with the new W260 Windrower and 500R Platform. It has a Final Tier IV engine and 260-horsepower 6.8L engine, allowing it to deliver power at lower rpms, the company said. The cab is 30% larger, with 37% more glass surface area for viewing.
New self-propelled forage harvester series coming in 2016
The new 8000 Series of John Deere forage harvesters looks like, and is, a bottom-up redesign. Deere employees explained that there are over 5,000 new parts on their four new standard crop-flow models with 375 to 616 horsepower, 8100, 8200, 8400, and 8500, and their 626-horsepower 8600 with wide crop-flow model.