New 449 Round Baler

Round Balers
Key Features
  • Automatic electric tie option
  • MegaWide™ Plus pickup with MegaTough™ pickup teeth
  • Driven by Diamond® Chain for superior performance

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Regular pickup offers large feed opening and low-profile, mid-mounted pickup
Regular pickup on 459E Baler with converging wheelsRegular pickup on 459E 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
  • 449, 459E, and 459 Baler pickups are 116.6 cm (45.9 in.) wide
  • 559 and 569 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 to retain hay quality

Side flares prevent hay from blowing off the pickup ends and reduce hay loss.

The closely spaced pickup teeth extend to the baler side sheets to help build straight-edged bales.
Standard on regular and MegaTooth™ 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 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, MegaTooth and MegaWide™ Plus pickups
  • Hydraulic pickup lift comes standard on premium machines
MegaWide™ Plus pickup with MegaTough™ pickup teeth offers super capacity
MegaWide Plus pickupMegaWide Plus pickup

A MegaWide Plus pickup is available on 449, 459, 559, and 569 Round Balers. It is base equipment on the 459 Silage Special, 559 Silage Special, 469, 469 Silage Special, and 569 Silage Special Balers.


This pickup makes 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
  • Cutout 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
  • Smoothes 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.

Cutout clutch protection and feeder-drive chainCutout clutch protection and feeder-drive chain

The MegaWide Plus pickups are chain-driven for positive bale starts with cutout clutch protection. The pickup is now 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
Staggered belt rolls with extra-service-life belt splices reduce loss of fine material
Staggered beltsStaggered belts

John Deere's 17.8-cm (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 the 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.

Three-ply beltsThree-ply belts

The 449 and 459E Balers use three-ply belts. The belts are constructed of three-ply nylon-polyester combination:

  • They have the strength to handle heavy-shock loads and help to maintain consistent belt length.
  • Polyester is used for increased strength and reduced belt stretch.
Extra-service-life belt splices
Extra-service-life splicesExtra-service-life splices

The 449 and 459E Balers use extra-service-life, rectangular, wire-belt splices:

  • Flat surface reduces wear on the splice as the belt travels around the rolls.
  • Strong hook shape increases the splice life as the belt flexes.

The material thickness and bend radius resist the opening of hook points and reduce metal fatigue.

Bale size
Manual bale size adjustmentManual bale size adjustment

On the 449 Baler 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

The bale size on 459, 459E with automatic electric tie, 459 Silage Special, 559, 469, 469 Silage Special, and 569 Round Balers can be adjusted from the operator's station with the BaleTrak™ Pro monitor-controller by pressing symbol 2, then pushing the +/- symbol.

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

As the hay enters the forming chamber from the pickup, belts turn the hay immediately 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:

  • Maintains uniform bale density throughout the bale-forming process
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 come standard with an adjustable hitch. 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 top of drawbar to the ground
  • Eliminates narrow feed opening on 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 pickupsPosition 3 (factory setting) - MegaWide™ Plus pickups
Position 4 (bottom)Position 4 (bottom)

Also standard on all 9 Series Round Balers except the 459E 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
#9 and #11 shafts and bearings are larger on the 9 Series Round Balers to increase durability of the machines
Larger shafts – 8 Series, 9 Series, 9 Series PremiumLarger shafts – 8 Series, 9 Series, 9 Series Premium

The 9 Series Round Balers have increased their durability by increasing the shafts and bearings on the top and bottom rolls of the baler. The size of the shafts and bearings are listed below:

  • 8 Series - 31.8-mm (1.25-in.) shaft and 90-mm (3.5-in.) outside diameter (OD) bearing (this bearing requires a quill assembly to fit in the roll)
  • 9 Series - 38.1-mm (1.5-in.) shaft and 130-mm (5.1-in.) OD bearing (this bearing does not require a quill assembly to fit in the roll)
  • 9 Series Premium - 44.5-mm (1.75-in.) shaft and 130-mm (5.1-in.) OD bearing

The #9 and #11 rolls receive the most wear and stress since they have the most surface area contact with the belts. The lower gate roll also carries the weight of the bale. By increasing the shaft size, strength is added to the baler. The larger bearings will run cooler, therefore, increasing the life of the bearings.

Diagram of rolls on balerDiagram of rolls on baler
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 459E. 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 449 or 459E Round Balers. The 449 and 459E 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 netwrap option on the 459E can be set with the BaleTrak Pro.

The audible level of the monitor can be adjusted.


Size Diameter
89 to 130 cm
35 to 51 in.Width
117 cm
46 in.
Weight Full-size bale in dry crop
340 kg
750 lbMax. allowable for silage bale
567 kg
1,250 lb
Base weight 1,524 kg
3,360 lb
Length Gate closed
343 cm
135 in.Gate open
442 cm
174 in.
Height Gate closed
234 cm
92 in.Gate open
290 cm
114 in.
Width With standard tires
226 cm
89 in.With opt. tires (Hi-Flotation)
244 cm
96 in.
Bale forming
Forming chamber Variable
Belts-other Number
6 beltsStrength
17.8 cm
7 in.Length, regular
Two: 1,023 cm
403 in.Length, staggered
Four: 1,042 cm
410 in.Fabric
Nylon polyester combinationTexture
Diamond tread
Enclosed % of bale surface 91 percent
Belt splices Extra service life (wire-type) clipper
Density control Hydraulic, isolated from tractor
Bale size indication
Regular pickup
Width Inside
117 cm
46 in.Flare
142 cm
56 in.
Drive Roller chain with V-belt
Bars 4
Number of teeth 72
Tooth spacing 6.6 cm
2.6 in.
Lift control Crank standard
Hydraulic optional
Gauge wheels Optional
Stripper diameter 25.4 cm
10 in.
Mega wide pickup
Width Inside
155 cm
61 in.Flare
180 cm
71 in.
Drive Roller chains with slip clutch
Bars 4
Number of regular teeth 80
Number of mega teeth 16
Tooth spacing 6.6 cm
2.6 in.
Lift control Crank standard
Hydraulic optional
Gauge wheels Semi-pneumatic standard
Stripper diameter 25.4 cm
10 in.
Mega tooth pickup
Number of middle teeth
Number of mega teeth
Tooth spacing
Lift control
Gauge wheels
Stripper diameter
Wrapping system
Control Automatic to preset bale size
Type Standard
Twine arms 2 standard
Twine ball capacity 5 standard
Monitor console for tractor BaleTrak Pro monitor
Gate closed Symbol on monitor
Bale forming
Bale size
Near full bale Audible
Full bale Audible
Twine arm position Indicator Mechanical
Auto wrap
Oversize bale Mechanical and audible
Surface wrap
Tire size
Standard 9.5L-14, 6 ply
Optional 14L-16.1, 8 ply
Drive protection Shearbolt standard
Slip clutch optional
PTO speed 540 rpm
Type Constant velocity, category 3 with shearbolt
Category 4 with slip clutch
PTO lockback collar on tractor hookup Optional
PTO 60-degree free rotation Optional
Tractor Requirements
Minimum PTO 34 kW
45 hp
Hydraulic SCV valves 2 hydraulic tie, 1 electric tie
Silage baler features
Starter roll scraper Optional
Powered scraping auger
Spirals on gate roll
Additional information
Maintenance chains
Date collected