348SMALL SQUARE BALERS
Who says a small square haymaker cant be a commercial operator? With John Deere square balers, you can produce as many small square bales in a season as the job calls for: whether thats enough to feed a couple of horses, or enough to support your farm and a few neighbors, as well. Three affordable models offer the field-proven crop control system you need to make solid, square-sided bales that are easy to stack and transport every time.
SMALL IS A RELATIVE TERM
Sure, theyre called small square balers. But theyre all about big performance. One firm bale to the next, John Deere square balers create consistent square bales that pack in crop to minimize leaf loss and secure bales for the long haul. Offset design lets you monitor crop flow more easily, while allowing you to use the full width of the pickup without disturbing the windrow. Nothing fancy, but then we didnt build them to walk the red carpet. Our square balers are made for serious haymakers with serious chores, so you can get crop up and delivered to the barn all before supper.
Continuous-flow floating auger moves hay away from the pickup to the pre-compression chamber. Free-floating motion automatically adjusts to hay volume, maintaining control of incoming crop.
Bale tensioner is manually adjusted using the hand crank to apply the right amount of tension to the bale. Even easier is the available hydraulic bale tensioner. One knob lets you manage bale density to meet crop variations and desired bale weight.
Never-miss knotters catch every time to give you a reliable, secure twine wrap. Theyre highly dependable for an accurate, fast acting catch even in the toughest crops.
Full-width feeding pickup goes flare to flare with tight-fitting teeth and narrow strippers to gather hay in wide, heavy windrows.
FULL-WIDTH FEEDING PICKUP
The pickup teeth and narrow, flanged strippers extend to the flare on both sides of the pickup. This enables full, usable pickup width for feeding wide windrows. Closely-spaced pickup teeth gather all of the hay in wide, heavy windrows. Narrow-channel strippers positioned closely together help preserve leaves and short material to add more quality to the bale.
The pickup is 188-cm (74-in.) wide on flare and offset 25.4 cm (10 in.) to the right of the bale case.
The full width of the pickup can be utilized without the tractor tires operating on the windrow.
The belt drives used to power the pickup are virtually trouble-free and eliminate the need for slip clutches
ADJUSTABLE HAY COMPRESSOR
The adjustable hay compressor mounts to and floats with the pickup and helps to maintain the same relationship to the pickup teeth at all operating heights. The hay compressor also controls hay for continuous positive delivery to the auger.
The hay compressor is adjustable to nine positions to maintain positive control of hay in either large and heavy or light and fluffy windrows. It can easily be removed with two spring pins for access to the auger or feed opening.
DEEP-FLIGHTED AUGER FEEDING
The deep-flighted auger continuously moves hay away from the pickup to the pre-compression chamber:
Adds to the overall capacity
Produces higher-quality hay
Allows minimal crop contact with pickup teeth, which minimizes leaf loss
The free-floating auger raises or lowers to match and maintain control of incoming crop. Hay turns in the tapered auger housing, which enables the feeder forks to fold each charge as it enters the bale case to produce uniform bales. The crop is pre-compressed for better bale uniformity. The auger system has few moving parts for less wear and less chance of untimely breakdowns.
Knotters driven by shaft and gears provide a positive drive for dependable and accurate functioning.
The timing of knotters and needles is easy:
Remove one bolt and match the gears
Timing slot enables easy positioning of the plunger
The tucker finger holds the twine over the billhooks during the tying cycle:
Eliminates twine finger
Reduces the chance of twine damage
Notch controls the twine position over the billhook for improved knotter function
Ball-joint-style pull links ensure accurate adjustment
HYDRAULIC BALE TENSION AVAILABLE
The hydraulic bale tension permits easy adjustment of bale density to meet crop variations and desired bale weight:
Hydraulic cylinders replace springs that would typically control the density of the bale
Exerts constant and uniform pressure on each bale
Easy to use
One knob controls the tension applied to the bale
By increasing the tension, the bale weight also increases
Hay is uniformly distributed into the bale case, which produces easy-to-handle bales and bales that stack well. Feeder forks can be adjusted to five positions to match the feeding requirement to the hay conditions. Forks are spring loaded for protection and are timed independently of knotters.
QUIET, DEPENDABLE OPERATION
The plungerhead runs on three precision roller bearings located in the high-load area:
Provides quiet operation
The compression charge is on the downstroke of the pitman arm to help eliminate slapping of the plungerhead. The pitman is offset to the right (knife side) where the load is heavier to further minimize wear. A lubrication fitting on the pitman arm provides easy access for lubrication to the wrist pin. A safety stop is positioned to stop the plungerhead at the crank to eliminate possible damage to the plungerhead face.
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348SMALL SQUARE BALERS