Which Hay Attachments Can Support My Growing Operation?

Submitted by Audrey Voisard on Fri, 07/09/2021 - 1:43pm

What hay attachments are available through John Deere?

Have you considered all your options when it comes to hay attachments? John Deere offers several solutions that will allow your growing operation to be successful. Discover your available options and contact the farm equipment experts at Koenig Equipment for additional information!

 

John Deere 560M Round Baler

 

Which hay balers match my needs?

John Deere provides three different categories of balers, Economy, Mid-Spec, and Premium. With multiple models and options available for each baler, you can find the hay baler to match your needs with ease.

  • Economy Round Balers: E Series Round Balers
    • 450E Round Baler
      • Makes tight and dense 4’ x 5’ bales
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts 
  • Mid-Spec Round Balers: M Series Round Balers
    • 450M Round Baler (also available in MegaWide™)
      • Makes tight and dense 4’ x 5’ bales
      • Available in Standard (dry hay) and Silage
      • BaleTrak™ Pro-monitor controller
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
    • 460M Round Baler (also available in MegaWide HC2)
      • Makes tight and dense 4’ x 6’ bales
      • Available in Standard (dry hay) and Silage
      • BaleTrak™ Pro monitor-controller
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
      • Exclusive COVER-EDGE™ surface wrap option
    • 550M Round Baler
      • Makes tight and dense 5’ x 5’ bales
      • Available in Standard (dry hay) and Silage
      • BaleTrak™ Pro-monitor controller
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
      • Exclusive COVER-EDGE™ surface wrap option
    • 560M Round Baler (also available in MegaWide™ HC2 Round Baler)
      • Makes tight and dense 5’ x 6’ bales
      • Available in Standard (dry hay) and Silage
      • BaleTrak™ Pro-monitor controller
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
  • Premium Round Balers: R Series Round Balers
    • 460R MegaWide™ HC2 Premium Round Baler
      • Makes tight and dense 4’ x 6’ bales
      • MegaWide™ HC2 feed system with industry-exclusive 5’ precut bales
      • ISOBUS monitor
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
      • Drive by Diamond® Chain for superior performance
    • 560R Premium Round Baler
      • Makes tight and dense 5’ x 6’ balers
      • Standard (dry hay)
      • ISOBUS monitor
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
      • Drive by Diamond® Chain for superior performance
    • 560R MegaWide™ HC2 Premium Round Baler
      • Makes tight and dense 5’ x 6’ bales
      • MegaWide™ HC2 feed system with industry-exclusive 5’ precut bales
      • ISOBUS monitor
      • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple-weave belts
      • Drive by Diamond® Chain for superior performance

 

How can I choose a hay tedder?

Hay tedders are a great asset to hay operations. They help reduce dry down and can save time and improve the hay quality. When considering buying a hay tedder, customers need to look at the size of their operation, the terrain, time constraints, and their budget.

Frontier offers a few different series of hay tedders as lined out below.

  • TD13 Series: TD1316
    • This unit is ideal for customers needing a dependable hay tedder that can handle a variety of crops and field conditions. The TD1316 has a working width of 16 feet, 5 inches, allowing customers to get more work done in less time. The TD1316 Hay Tedder also folds up to transport at a narrow width of 9 feet, 4 inches. This unit is ideal for small to medium-sized hay producers that need a reliable tedder for their hay operation.
  • TD34 Series: TD3418
    • With a tedding width of 18 feet, 2 inches, the TD3418 is just slightly bigger than the TD1316 Hay Tedder. This unit is designed for utility tractors with a minimum of 30 PTO horsepower. Tine height is easily adjustable with the tine height adjustment lever. When you are ready to move fields, the rotors hydraulically fold up and over center to a traveling width of 9 feet, 2 inches.
  • TD34 Series: TD3427
    • The TD3427 Hay Tedder is ideal for larger fields. This unit is offered in a 27-foot tedding width. With an integrated transport frame, the implement can fold up and tilt forward to a compact 11 feet, 6 inches width. This implement needs to be hooked up to tractors with a minimum of 55 PTO horsepower.

 

Should I use hay forks or spears?

Whether you use a hay fork or hay spears depends on the needs of your operation and how you plan to move bales. Wide forks work best when you need to slide underneath the bale and help to keep from digging into the dirt. Hay spears work better when looking to remove the wrapping from the bale when feeding hay.

Ultimately, the use of hay forks or spears is at your discretion and what works best for you and your needs. Essentially you can’t go wrong either way.    

 

What other hay & forage equipment options are available?

When running a hay and forage operation, there are a few more pieces of equipment that are available and useful for your operation.

  • Mower Conditioner: To ted or bale your hay, you must first mow it. John Deere offers a great lineup of mower conditioners that will help your operation run smoothly.
  • Hay Rakes: Hay rakes are useful to help decrease dry time and create higher-quality bales in the end.
  • Bale Wrappers: If you want your bales to maintain quality while stored outside, you need to wrap them first. Koenig Equipment offers a variety of bale wrappers such as John Deere, and Kemco, making it easy to find the right choice for you.

 

Where can I find hay & forage solutions near me?

Hay and forage solutions don’t have to be complicated to find or understand. The trained sales staff at Koenig Equipment can walk you through all of the hay and forage solutions John Deere has to offer. With a few details about your operation as well as your budget and what you are specifically looking for, Koenig Equipment is your one-stop-shop for all things hay and forage.

 

Written by: Boland Media