New 550M Round Baler

0 Series Round Balers
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Key Features
  • Available in the following models:
    • Standard (dry hay)
    • Silage
  • BaleTrak™ Pro-monitor controller
  • Exclusive DiamondTough™ triple weave belts
  • Exclusive COVER-EDGE™ surface wrap option

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Features

Vertical forming chamber maintains uniform bale density
Bale-starting diagramBale-starting diagram

As the hay enters the forming chamber from the pickup, belts immediately turn the hay to form a tight, dense core.

Incoming hay then feeds between the bale and the lower gate roll. Hay is tightly compressed into smooth, dense layers as it enters the bale.

Chaffing is greatly reduced to prevent loss and retain hay quality in the bale.

Full-sized bale in bale chamberFull-sized bale in bale chamber

The idler arm rises with bale growth, forcing oil from the hydraulic cylinder through a pressure-relief valve to maintain uniform bale density throughout the bale-forming process.

Exclusive DiamondTough™ belts with plate-type splices
Staggered beltsStaggered belts

John Deere's 178-mm (7-in.) wide diamond-tread design ensures fast bale starts and grips the bale to prevent slippage and reduce chaffing. The treads are self-cleaning to reduce carryover. The belts are staggered to reduce the loss of fine material and are closely spaced to contain the hay for fast, easy starts.

The belts enclose 91 percent of the bale width to reduce loss of fine material and retain hay quality.

The staggered belt roll design enables any loose hay under or behind the belts to be returned to the pickup and into the baler. This design helps to prevent buildup at the front of the baler, which could cause hay loss and belt or splice damage.

DiamondTough triple-weave beltsDiamondTough triple-weave belts
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Every baler in the 0 Series Family uses DiamondTough belts. Belts are constructed using a patented triple-weave process of nylon and polyester materials.

They have the strength to handle heavy shock loads and help maintain consistent belt length.

The DiamondTough belts are more puncture and tear resistant than other belts on the market and provide improved belt life and reliability.

Plate-type fasteners
Plate-type splicesPlate-type splices
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All of the 0 Series Balers use the plate-type fasteners.

This closed-loop design uses a plate fastener with pre-assembled rivets that lock the fasteners into the belt, providing a powerful vice-type grip on the belt.

  • The plates and rivets are manufactured from high-tensile stainless steel.
  • Strong belt splices mean less maintenance and more productivity.
  • The loop area is cold forged, making it extremely wear resistant in the coupling area, resulting in a very long cycle life.
  • The spring steel pin is notched and locks into the splice connection without having to bend the pin or use external retainers.
0 Series Round Balers - Model specification levels
Round baler models
Previous
9 Series models
New
0 Series models
449440E
459E450E
459450M
459 Silage Special
469460M
469 Silage Special
469 Premium460R
559550M
559 Silage Special
569560M
569 Silage Special
569 Premium560R
Round baler model specification
Baler optionApplicable models
E = Economy
  • Dry hay only
440E and 450E
M = Standard
  • Dry hay
  • Silage
  • Precutter
450M, 460M,
550M*, and 560M
R = Premium
  • Dry hay
  • Precutter
460R and 560R

*NOTE: The 550M Round Baler will only be available in dry hay and silage configurations.

0 Series Balers have implemented specification levels for all models in the baler lineup similar to what was done when the 459E was introduced. Pickup options will remain the same for the new models equivalent specification. The precutter pickups will have the same MegaWide™ Plus pickups that will be offered in mid specification (M) or the premium specifications (R) balers.

Automatic electric-tie option using BaleTrak™ Pro monitor allows for more productivity
Audible alarm
BaleTrak Pro monitor-controllerBaleTrak Pro monitor-controller

The BaleTrak Pro monitor-controller is included with the automatic electric tie option and the Edge-to-Edge option on the 450E Baler. The monitor sounds an alarm for near-full, full, and oversized bales.

  • Monitor beeps once to notify the operator to even-up the bale prior to reaching the desired size.
  • Monitor beeps twice when the bale reaches the desired size.
    • If the operator continues to feed hay into the baler, the monitor will sound continuously to warn of an oversized bale.
  • Bale shape bars are not available on the 440E or 450E Round Balers. The 440E and 450E Round Balers allow for adjustment of twine settings from the cab by using the BaleTrak Pro Monitor.
  • The number of wraps on the Edge-to-Edge net wrap option on the 450E can be set with the BaleTrak Pro.

The audible level of the monitor can be adjusted.

Regular pickup offers large feed opening and low-profile, mid-mounted pickup
Regular pickup on 450E Baler with converging wheelsRegular pickup on 450E Baler with converging wheels

Mounted in front of the baler wheels and directly below the bale chamber, the pickup hugs the ground for clean crop retrieval. Hay movement is minimized.

  • V-belt driven
  • 440E, 450E, and 450M Baler pickups are 116.6 cm (45.9 in.) wide
  • 550M and 560M Baler pickups are 156 cm (61.4 in.) wide
  • Large reel shaft and reel bearing

The small-diameter, low-profile pickup allows for good ground gauging and clean crop retrieval.

  • Handles large, heavy windrows of hay and high-moisture crops
  • Feeds hay directly to the forming chamber to reduce crop loss
  • Low-profile pickup minimizes hay lift to reduce chaffing and retain hay quality

Side flares prevent hay from blowing off of the pickup ends, which reduces hay loss.

The closely-spaced pickup teeth extend to the baler side sheets to help build straight-edged bales.

Standard on regular pickups, compressor rods are contoured to control hay over the pickup radius for positive feeding. The compressor rack can be adjusted upward or downward to match the volume of material in the windrow and can be easily removed to match crop conditions.

Adjustable crank handleAdjustable crank handle

The adjusting crank positions the pickup to the desired operating height to match crop or field conditions.

An optional hydraulic pickup lift cylinder is available as an attachment.

  • Makes raising for transport or clearing obstructions easy
  • Crank handle serves as a down stop
  • Adapts to regular and MegaWide™ Plus pickups
  • Hydraulic pickup lift comes standard on premium machines

NOTE: Crank is not an option for the MegaWide High Capacity and Cutting (HC2) feed system.

Bale size adjustments can be made manually or automatically
Manual bale size adjustmentManual bale size adjustment

On the 440E Round Baler with hydraulic double-twine option, the near-full bale size warning can be adjusted by moving the nut (1) in the slot to match harvest requirements.

BaleTrak Pro bale size adjustmentBaleTrak Pro bale size adjustment
MegaWide™ High Capacity and Cutting (HC<sup>2</sup>) system monitorMegaWide™ High Capacity and Cutting (HC2) system monitor

The bale size on 450M, 450E with automatic electric tie, 550M, 460M, and 560M Round Balers can be adjusted from the operator's station with the BaleTrak™ Pro monitor-controller by pressing symbol 2, then pushing the +/- symbol.

Adjustable hitch to match wide array of tractor drawbar heights
Side view of adjustable hitchSide view of adjustable hitch
Front view of adjustable hitchFront view of adjustable hitch

The 9 Series Round Balers came standard with an adjustable hitch and this feature will continue to be in base with the 0 Series Round Balers. This feature allows the hitch height to be adjusted to optimize crop-feeding performance. Due to the wide array of tractor tire sizes and drawbar heights, hitch adjustment may be necessary to get the proper feed opening of the baler. The adjustable hitch eliminates the need for the 51-mm (2-in.) thick tractor drawbar kit (AE57344) because it has a wider opening.

Benefits of the adjustable hitch:

  • Ability to match baler to numerous tire sizes
  • Allows for drawbar height to fall within 330 mm to 559 mm (13 in. to 22 in.) from the top of the drawbar to the ground
  • Eliminates narrow feed opening on the baler which can cause plugging
  • Allows pickup head to follow terrain without missing crop

All eight bolts must be used when adjusting the hitch. There are four different positions as shown below:

Position 1 (top) - regular and MegaTooth™ pickupsPosition 1 (top) - regular and MegaTooth™ pickups
Position 2Position 2
Position 3 (factory setting) - MegaWide Plus and MegaWide HC<sup>2</sup>Position 3 (factory setting) - MegaWide Plus and MegaWide HC2
Position 4 (bottom)Position 4 (bottom)

Also standard on all 0 Series Round Balers, except the 450E, is the drawbar flap. This helps to eliminate hay from getting caught on the hitch of the baler. The drawbar flap is designed to allow the operator to remove or attach the flap without having to unhook the baler from the tractor.

Drawbar flapDrawbar flap
Drawbar flap installed on balerDrawbar flap installed on baler
Silage configuration
Staggered roller-auger kitStaggered roller-auger kit
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A silage-configuration baler allows the producer to put up silage hay. A silage configuration machine does not offer a precutter. There are three major components to a silage configuration baler: a staggered roller-auger kit (1), a starter roll-scraper knife, and a screen (2). The powered auger sits above the staggered roll on the baler to help keep wet hay from traveling up the belts and reduce buildup on the roll. The screen is bolted on the front of the baler as a safety feature. The knife/scraper is mounted in front of the starter roll to help prevent wrapping of wet crop on the starter roll.

The silage kit is offered as a bundle for field installation if the baler is not ordered as a silage-configuration machine from the factory. Attachment BE32442 is for 1.22-m (4-ft) wide machines and BE32443 is for1.52-m (5-ft) wide machines.

Also offered is a high-moisture kit. This kit does not include the same components that are on the silage-configuration balers. It offers the starter roll-scraper knife but does not include the staggered roll-auger kit. Attachment BE23828 is for 1.22-m (4-ft) machines and BE23829 is for 1.52-m (5-ft) machines.

Starter roll knife and screenStarter roll knife and screen
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Base equipment on: 450M Silage, 550M Silage, 460M Silage, 560M Silage, 450M Precutter, 460M/R Precutter and 560M/R Precutter.

Auxiliary take-up rollsAuxiliary take-up rolls
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Auxiliary take-up rolls prevent belt crossover and flipping in wet conditions. This roll is base equipment on all silage and precutter configuration balers. It also comes with the bale ramp bundle on the 440E and 450E Balers.

Precutter configuration
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The 0 Series Round Baler family welcomes the first, John Deere, North-American built precutter. This feed system in front of these machines is the MegaWide HC2. The MegaWide Plus name is known as the industry-leading feed system since its introduction with the 7 Series Balers. John Deere continues that legacy with the 0 Series. Proven designs of the MegaWide were maintained and improvements were made to key components to gain significant capacity.

The MegaWide™ HC2 will only be available in a precutter configuration (available on the 450M, 460M, 460R, 560M, and 560R models):

  • 1.22-m (4-ft) wide machines will have 14 knives
  • 1.52-m (5-ft) wide machines will have 20 knives

The MegaWide HC2 has the same 2.2-m (7.22-ft) MegaWide Plus pickup from the 9 Series. Dry hay and silage 0 Series configurations will also have the MegaWide Plus pickup.

MegaWide™ Plus pickup with MegaTough™ pickup teeth offers super capacity
460M MegaWide Plus pickup460M MegaWide Plus pickup

A MegaWide Plus pickup is available on 440E, 450M, 550M, and 560M Round Balers. It is base equipment on the 450M Silage, 550M Silage, 460M, 460M Silage, and 560M Silage Balers. The MegaWide Plus pickup is also incorporated into the new MegaWide High Capacity and Cutting (HC2) high-capacity precutter feed system.

0 Series Balers have implemented specification levels for all models in the baler lineup, similar to what was done when the 459E was introduced. Pickup options will remain the same for the new models equivalent specification. The precutter pickups will have the same MegaWide Plus pickups that will be offered in mid specification (M) or the premium specification (R) balers.

MegaWide Plus pickups make baling easier, especially in wide or windblown windrows, and increases productivity; more hay volume means more bales per hour.

  • Flare-to-flare width of 1.8 m (5.9 ft) on balers with a 1.2 m (4-ft) wide bale chamber
  • Flare-to-flare width of 2.2 m (7.2 ft) on balers with a 1.5-m (5-ft) wide bale chamber
  • MegaWide Plus pickup makes it easier to produce better-shaped bales and improves crop pickup in wide, windblown, or scattered windrows
  • Mega teeth, located at the ends of the pickup, pull crop around the flares when baling wide or windblown windrows
  • MegaTough pickup teeth provide greater strength and durability
  • Exclusive square design handles high-impact loads without yielding
  • Sturdy toothbar design
  • Self-adjusting roller baffle
  • Spiral rotor-feed system improves feeding in all crop conditions
  • Chain driven for positive feeding
  • Cut-out clutch protected
  • Semi-pneumatic gauge wheels
MegaTough pickup teethMegaTough pickup teeth

Mega and MegaTough pickup teeth are base equipment:

  • Mega teeth, at the ends of the pickup, are heavy-duty for long life and improved crop retrieval
  • MegaTough pickup teeth are designed to withstand the harshest baling conditions and provide long service life
Toothbars on 1.5-m (5-ft) balerToothbars on 1.5-m (5-ft) baler

The 1.2-m (4-ft) balers use a full-length, reinforced toothbar design.

The 1.5-m (5-ft) balers use a heavy, C-channel construction. The pickup toothbars are divided into two half-sections that mount to a center spider for increased strength and even crop feeding.

Roller baffleRoller baffle

Available only on the MegaWide Plus pickup, the patented roller baffle is self-adjusting and produces smoother crop flow across the pickup. The roller also improves crop pickup in small windrows and prevents roll ahead of crop.

When combined with the MegaWide Plus pickup, this feeding system allows increased ground speed with less chance of plugging for increased productivity in all field conditions.

  • Self-adjusting
  • Smooths crop for even flow across pickup
  • Allows for faster ground speed with less chance of plugging
  • Increases operator productivity
Spiral rotorSpiral rotor
Auger and rotor feed systemAuger and rotor feed system

The MegaWide Plus pickup uses a rotor-feeding assembly, which mounts behind the pickup for smooth and even crop flow into the bale chamber.

  • Augers and rotor teeth are driven on the same shaft, eliminating the need for additional drives.
  • The rotor is fixed to the baler frame, allowing positive and even feeding into the bale chamber.
  • Large-diameter converging augers have high crop-flow capacity, and auger scrolls help to force crop into the chamber.
  • Spiral design enhances feeding in uneven windrows and reduces loading on the rotor.
Rotor stripperRotor stripper

Rotor strippers allow crop to be lifted from the rotor teeth into the chamber without cutting or wrapping the crop.

Cut-out clutch protection and feeder-drive chainCut-out clutch protection and feeder-drive chain

The MegaWide Plus pickups and spiral rotor are chain-driven for positive bale starts with cutout clutch protection. The pickup is being driven off the drive roll and bypasses the starter roll. This will allow for reduced wear and breakage of the starter roll chain.

Semi-pneumatic gauge wheelSemi-pneumatic gauge wheel

Semi-pneumatic gauge wheels provide smooth ground gauging over uneven terrain and protection to the pickup.

  • Stiffer rubber sidewalls
  • No air pressure to maintain, which mean no flat tires
  • Adjustable to meet pickup tooth-to-stubble height requirements

The pickup float springs are positioned for excellent flotation.

  • Adjustable to meet varying field conditions
  • Float springs only support the pickup reel
    • Rotor assembly is fixed to the baler frame, eliminating additional weight on the pickup system
Adjustable crank handleAdjustable crank handle

The adjusting crank positions the pickup to the desired operating height to match crop or field conditions.

An optional hydraulic pickup lift cylinder is available as an attachment.

  • Makes raising for transport or clearing obstructions easy
  • Crank handle serves as a down stop
  • Adapts to regular, MegaTooth and MegaWide Plus pickups
  • Hydraulic pickup lift comes standard on premium machines