The 900 Series Balers are the first to use a dedicated full frame to hang all the components reulting in greater durability. All loadings, shocks and stress that are encountered are carried by the frame, not any individual component.
Due to the exclusive design on the 900 Series, much of the stress is directly transmitted to the full frame giving greater reliability. On a traditional baler, there is no dedicated frame and the baler receives stress from:
On the 900 Series the bale chamber is isolated from all those constraints giving it a longer life.
Unloading is unproductive time. With the FRS, the 990 and 960 Balers offer less than 5 seconds unloading time, thereby, reducing bale ejection cycle time, allowing more bales per day. Some competitors require up to 10 more seconds to unload. That means the 900 Series Balers can finish a field one hour earlier than a competitive model based on a 10-hour day.
FRS provides a light structure that opens the chamber quickly and removes belts from the bale. FRS does not require a heavy structure. The FRS gate applies no friction to the side of the bale, allowing the bale to drop quickly unlike competitive machines. There is little stress transmitted to FRS, which can be more than two times lighter than traditional heavy gates. Opening and closing cycles are significantly faster without risk of breakage and with low power requirements.
Moving sidesheets help avoid the bale from getting stuck in the chamber. When the light structure opens, each side of the chamber automatically moves 50 mm. Thus, there is no more contact between the bale and the chamber; the bale is released and quickly falls by its own weight. Even in the worst wet conditions, the unloading process is as efficient as in dry straw.
Opening the gate on steep hills with a traditional bale rmay cause instability. The 900 Series offers safe unloading conditions even in hilly fields.
Without a heavy gate to lift during bale release, the center of gravity hardly moves during the opening process. The global height of the baler stays low and allows ample distance from electrical wires.
To prevent direct contact between operator and belts when machine is operating, a rear canvas is lowered during the baling process. The protective rear canvas automatically rises during bale unloading.
Optional unloading ramp gives a smooth and fast bale release without reversing tractor-baler combination. By avoiding this additional reverse move, global baler productivity is increased. With ramp extensions, there is no risk of hitting bales when closing the FRS.
The 900 Series unloading ramp links to the frame by a shock absorber, allowing the bale to be smoothly discharged on the ground. With the additional spring, the ramp can quickly return and be firmly hanged in upper position during baling process and road transport, even on uneven ground.
The optional Tractor-Implement Automation (TIA) makes baling easy. This exclusive system manages most of the baling process and gives the customer the following advantages:
When used with a John Deere ISOBUS tractor, electric selective control valve (E-SCV), and (IVT™) transmission, the system will be able to:
The only action remaining is to forward reverser and manage the steering.
If the John Deere tractor is not equipped with IVT but has E-SCV and ISOBUS, opening and closing can be automated.
A single touch on SCV, brakes, or reverser will disengage the automation. In the same way, automated open/close can be momentarily stopped when unloading in hilly conditions.
Tractor-Implement Automation is an exclusive green on green advantage. This advanced technology option has won awards at SIMA and Agritechnica farm equipment show in Europe, a true cost/value guarantee.
NOTE: to run through fully automated mode, a John Deere Isobus tractor with E-SCV and IVT is required. A baler activation key and a tractor activation key (different) have to be ordered.
The 990 and 960 Balers offer ISOBUS compatibility as base equipment. The balers have been certified ISOBUS conform by independent DLG organism. This standardized communication not only allows the use of John Deere Greenstar2 1800, 2600, or 2630 Displays, but also the use of other ISOBUS conform competitive monitors.
Adapter harnesses for non-ISOBUS tractors are available.
The Baler interface displays information that is needed. The 900 Series monitors provide all required information:
Adjustments can also be managed from the operators station:
The 900 Series Balers can be teamed with all ISOBUS certified displays. The Greenstar2 1800 monitor can be ordered with the baler to match traditional baling requirements. When not baling this display can be used for other functions such as guidance and spraying applications when connected to an appropriate receiver and implement.
The 960 and 990 Balers can be ordered without a monitor for customers who already have an ISOBUS display, or for those who search more advanced application (field management). Displays other than John Deere Greenstar2 1800 can be purchased through Ag Management Solutions (AMS) pages.
The 900 Series Balers feature a patented high-efficiency net tying system. The new design does not have traditional rubber feeding rollers that can sometime cause net plugs. A duckbill pinches the net that is directly fed between the two front rolls of the bale chamber. The net is caught by the bale and covers the bale perfectly. An exclusive knife and counter knife system ensures an accurate net cut and avoids irregular net tears.
The net system is very efficient and easy to use. A tray is conveniently located on the front of the machine which allows for easy net loading.The front location also makes it easy to visually check the net applying process from the cab. The John Deere system does not require a special tool to feed the duck bill. Two hands and 10 seconds is all it takes to change a net roll.
As with other John Deere variable chamber balers, all parameters (twine/net, number of turns) are quickly set from the display.
In order to optimize productivity, daily maintenance for the 900 Series net tying system is not necessary. It is nearly maintenance free.
COVER-EDGE net offers the perfect bale coverage for the 900 Series Balers. This exclusive John Deere net wrap covers the bale perfectly, overlapping the edges 50 mm to 100 mm (1.97 in. to 3.94 in.) to better protect the bale against weather conditions.
The John Deere COVER-EDGE net is recommended for the 900 Series Baler. However, the net tying system is compatible with most net types and brands on the market.
For more versatility, a new patented twine tying system has been specially designed for 900 Series Balers. Two arms efficiently feed the twine between the two front rolls in bale chamber. Tying process ends at the center of the bale where twine is cut for a perfect bale finish.
To maximize productivity and reduce downtime, an optional storage box is available for each side of baler. The optional storage boxes hold four net wrap rolls (two in each box). If baler is equipped with the twine tying system, the optional storage boxes hold 10 twine balls (five in each box).
The 900 Series Balers offer a new pickup design with increased capacity. All balers are equipped with a 2.2-m (7.22-ft) wide pickup to match the swaths.
The large-diameter strippers have five tine bars in the pickup instead of four.This increases the capacity by more than 10 percent while reducing rotating speed 12 percent, increasing reliability. Heavy-duty tine bars also provide extended durability to the pickup
The 900 Series Balers offer huge feeding capacity due to the HC rotor design. Converging augers are now integrated with the rotor limiting free space between pickup teeth and rotor. Plugging risk is reduced and crop feeding is highly improved. This new design along with a large diameter rotor is particularly efficient in the toughest crops or in difficult conditions, such as crossing windrows.
The simple HC rotor design also reduces the number of moving parts. Loads are distributed all along the rotor increasing overall reliabilitiy.
The 990 and 960 Balers are available with or without precutter, offering space between knives as short as 40 mm (1.57 in.).
MaxiCut HC 13
MaxiCut HC 25
Number of knives
No cutting / 80 mm (3.15 in.)
No cutting / 80 mm (3.15 in.) / 40 mm (1.57 in.)
Silage, hay, straw
Silage, hay, straw
Drop floor makes removing plugs easy, even the ones under converging augers. The new design covers all the rotor width, so wherever a plug occurs, the unplugging device allows a 40-mm (1.57-in.) free space. This space is enough to decompress the crops and feed the plug into the baler.
New parallel kinematics provide a consistent 40-mm (1.57-in.) space on the entire drop floor eliminating narrow pinch points like the front-hinged drop floors have.
Crop cutting width can easily be adjusted from the cab. A single touch on the screen allows one to engage or disengage all the knives. When equipped with MaxiCut HC 25, half of the knives can also be engaged.
This system offers the use of two different sets of knives for the same cutting width. For example, a set of 12 knives can be used in the morning and a second set of 13 knives can be used in the afternoon. By using two sets of knives, you will always bale with sharp knives, helping to increase productivity and fuel efficiency. This knife selection option allows for longer intervals between sharpening knives.
Less maintenance means more time available for baling. That is exactly what contractors and large farms need. The 900 Series Balers benefit from a simple design to reduce downtime. For example, the gearcase is no longer linked to the driveline by yokes. The gearcase is integrated to the frame (crossbeam design) with lubrication free bearings.
Also, fewer sprockets and fewer chains limit wear and potential downtime. Six chains drive all moving parts.
The 900 Series chains are heavy duty, giving up to 40 percent more durability.
Chains are critical components and need a regular and efficient lubrication. The 960 and 990 Balers offer an automatic chain lubrication pump as base equipment. This accurate system allows independent chain lubrication settings. All chains are continuously oiled for better durability, not just during gate opening like some competitors.
For perfect results, use environment friendly John Deere Bio Multiluber oil.
Hurrying during daily maintenance can cause grease fittings oversight and potential damage. The 960 and 990 Balers offer an optional automatic greasing device. This system provides grease to bearings that require daily greasing.
With ISOBUS technology, greasing parameters are easily and accurately adjusted from the display. Regular greasing gives longer parts durability resulting in better reliability. Grease tank capacity requires refill only once during harvesting season.
If optional automatic greasing device is not chosen, maintenance is facilitated by grease banks grouping the grease fittings.
MaxD bale chamber features wide endless belts to maximize bale density and reduce crops losses.
MaxDensity (MaxD) bale chamber features three powered rolls to improve versatility and bale quality:
The 900 Series offers a new tension system that transmits incredible density to the bales. The heavy-duty offset arm gives tension to the arm and is not involved in belt length compensation. One hundred percent of hydraulic power is involved in belt tensioning.
Baling silage provides tough baling conditions which can cause bales to stick in the chamber. With conventional balers, density may need to be reduced so bales do not stick. The 900 Series Balers have the new MaxD bale chamber that avoids contact between bale sides and baler side sheets when unloading, an industry first. Full density can be set for different crop types. No need to decrease bale density,as the bale unloads within five seconds.
MaxD bale chamber produces 1.21-m (3.97-ft) width bales, which means the 900 Series provides 3.5 percent more volume than the 800 Series. More volume and more density will no doubt reduce harvest handling and shipping costs. In addition, the maximum bale diameter is increased by 50 mm (1.97 in.), which increases bale volume up to 10 percent compared to the 800 Series Balers. More volume and more density reduce harvest handling and shipping costs.
|Design||Full frame - steel|
|Outer tines width||7,92 m|
|Sales width||2,20 m|
|Number of tines bar||5|
|Number of tines per bar||30|
|Floating||By spring on each side|
|Downstop||Adjustable - chain on left-hand side|
|Gauge wheels||Fixed or caster action, light and easily removable|
|Gauge wheels height settings||10 positions|
|Crop compressor system||Roller baffle adjustable height|
|Number of knives||0|
|Knives set selection|
|Space between knives|
|Rotor design||John Deere High Capacity (HC) design - Rotor converging augers aligned on a same tube|
|Unplugging system||Drop floor - full width design|
|Unplugging system motion||Parallel kinematic avoiding narrowing|
|Unplugging system control||From the monitor - simultaneous/separated knives motion|
|Additional unplugging system||Automatic chamber belts tension release when using drop floor - activation choice from the monitor|
|Number of rolls||3 rolls - all driven|
|Belts||2 belts - width 573 mm|
|Number of belts driving rolls||2 big-diameter rubber rolls|
|Bale chamber design||MaxDensity (MaxD) with offset density arm|
|Bale diameter adjustment||Continuously - from the monitor|
|Bale density adjustment||0-100% - from the monitor|
|Softcore diameter adjustment||Continuously - from the monitor|
|Softcore density adjustment||0-100% - from the monitor|
|Density manometer||From the monitor|
|Net system||Duck bill system with loading tray - no tool required|
|Net compatibility||John Deere CoverEdge™ - John Deere Xtranet - other brand's edge-to-edge technology - not compatible with films or B-wrap system|
|Net turns adjustment||From the monitor - mini = 1,1 layer/maxi = 10 layers|
|Net launching delay||0 to 10 seconds after tying alarm|
|Net starting mode||Automatic/manual complete cycle/manual cylinder motion|
|Net rolls braking system||Constant braking effort whatever net roll diameter|
|Net rolls storage||3 total (1 on left-hand side, 1 on right-hand side, and 1 loaded in tying system)|
|Net cutting system||Knife plus counter knife, slow motion for improved safety|
|Twine system||2 independent arms|
|Twine spacing||From the monitor - mini = 5 cm/maxi = 20 cm|
|Twine coils on bale side||From the monitor - mini = 1/maxi = 7|
|Distance of tying ends on side||From the monitor - mini = 8 cm/maxi = 25 cm|
|Twine coils on bale center||From the monitor - mini = 1/maxi = 7|
|Distance of twine overlap on bale center||From the monitor - mini = 0 cm/maxi = 4 cm|
|Complementary settings||Re-extension settings/Dry straw mode|
|Twine balls storage||Re-extension settings/Dry straw mode|
|Side shields||Moving +/- 40 mm on each side. Driven mechanically by cams.|
|Tailgate||Fast Release System with light structure driven by fast motion cylinders and end restrictors|
|Tailgate lock||Mechanical hook|
|Unloading rolls||2 rubber rolls on wheels axle|
|Tailgate status||Opening/closing displayed on the monitor|
|Gearbox||T split with 2 outputs for shared stress|
|Driveline security||Camclutch 2000 Nm|
|PTO type||1-3/8 with 6 splines - Wide angle with free wheel|
|Chains||Heavy-duty RC 100 chains on main driveline|
|Display||Choice: Greenstar™ 1800 display/No display|
|Screen||18-cm diagonal - color|
|Monitor certification||ISOBUS monitor|
|Extended applications||John Deere guidance system - all ISOBUS applications|
|Type||Gullwing door design - plastic double layers doors with gas cylinder - Full access panels|
|Tongue adjustment||2 turnbuckles for fast adjustment|
|Straight hitch with ball joint||Diameter, 33 mm|
|Straight hitch without ball joint||Diameter, 39,5 mm|
|Angled hitch with ball joint||Diameter, 33 mm|
|Angled hitch without ball joint||Diameter, 39,5 mm|
|Turnable hitch||Diameter, 35 mm|
|Greasing||1 greasing bank with 8 zerks + 3 separated greasing zerks|
|Chain lubrication||Adjustable automatic pump - 5-L capacity|
|Power take-off (PTO)||Extended 250-hour interval greasing|
|Optional||15/70-18 (990-mm diameter)
16/70-20 (1080-mm diameter)
500/55-20 (1060-mm diameter)
500/60-22.5 (1192-mm diameter)
|Hydraulic||2 double acting SCVs|
|Electrical system||Lighting plug - ISOBUS or non ISOBUS tractor - 12 V COBO|
|Minimum tractor power||100 hp|
|Width||15/70-18 tires = 2,52 m
16/70-20 tires = 2,55 m
500/55-20 tires = 2,72 m
500/60-22.5 tires = 2,72 m
|Height||15/70-18 tires = 2,91 m
16/70-20 tires = 2,95 m
500/55-20 tires = 2,94 m
500/60-22.5 tires = 3,0 m
|Weight (can vary depending on optional equipment)||15/70-18 tires = 4066 kg
16/70-20 tires = 41004 kg
500/55-20 tires = 4116 kg
500/60-22,5 tires = 4242 kg
|Cleaning rollers for wet conditions||2 rollers on density arm|
|Unloading ramp||Spring loaded + hydraulic shock absorber. Stainless steel plate.|
|Air brakes||Not available with 15/70-18 tires|
|Tractor baler automation||Option|
|Automatic greasing pump||Adjustments from monitor - 3 remaining zerks to be manually greased|
|Knives slot fillers|
|Twine binding||2 arms system - 10 twine balls capacity - all settings from the cab|
|Wheels chocks||Plastic - delivered with bracket|
*Requires ISOBUS Tractor + AutoPower + E-SCV