John Deere has added three new models to its range of large square balers, the L624 (70cm high by x 120cm wide), L633 (90 x 80cm) and L634 (90 x 120cm). These will be available for the 2020 season and replace the L1500 Series, while the single tie knotter 1424 and 1424C large square balers are no longer available. The new machines feature increased performance and operational safety as well as lower operating costs.

Due to short harvesting windows, customers are looking for baling solutions which offer maximum reliability, optimum performance and higher bale weights. John Deere’s new L600 Series large square balers have been designed to improve productivity by up to 15 per cent and bale weight by up to five per cent.

The L600 Series machines are fully ISOBUS compatible, which allows the operator to adjust and control various settings using all available ISOBUS displays. The newly designed precutter can be controlled from the cab via the ISOBUS display, and features knife group selection with a choice of 0, 11, 12 or 23 knives. This is a big improvement in operator comfort, as you don’t need to leave the cab to select different knife groups and can continue working without any restrictions.

For better monitoring of harvesting conditions, John Deere has also made further improvements to the machine’s moisture sensor. This now has a wider measurement range of 9 to 40 per cent, instead of 11 to 34 per cent on the previous models.

Baler components have been strengthened and optimised to deliver the promised higher productivity and operational safety benefits. The newly designed L624 and L634 models use a 468kg flywheel, which is 64 per cent heavier than on previous machines. All models feature an even, shear bolt free drive system, while hydraulic chamber pressure has been increased by 17 per cent from 180 to 210 bar.

Both the existing rotor options, RotoFlow HC and MaxiCut HC with 23 knives, will continue to be offered on the new range. Rotor diameter on the heavy-duty RotoFlow has been increased by 25 per cent. Available on the L624 and L634 models, this unit further improves crop intake and lowers the risk of blockages. The new balers also feature a 13 per cent larger roller baffle, and all rotor machines are optionally available with wear resistant Hardox steel tines.

John Deere’s new L600 Series large square balers will be offered as standard with 2.3m wide pickups equipped with 10mm finger rake steel tines and hydraulic load sensing, and all models produce bales measuring from 60 up to 300cm long. The balers also feature new optimised software updates and can be customised to make the machines even more efficient and productive to meet different customer needs.