John Deere 469

Feature Overview
John Deere 469
  • ISOBUS monitor
  • MegaWide™ Plus pickups
  • Exclusive DiamondTough™ belts with plate-type splices
  • Driven by Diamond® Chain for superior performance
Feature Overview
John Deere 469
  • ISOBUS monitor
  • MegaWide™ Plus pickups
  • Exclusive DiamondTough™ belts with plate-type splices
  • Driven by Diamond® Chain for superior performance

MegaWide™ Plus pickups on premium balers for heavy-duty operations

Available on the 569 Premium and 469 Premium Balers only, John Deere exclusive Premium MegaWide Plus pickup has been upgraded to offer larger components to meet those extreme demands. Premium MegaWide Plus pickups also come standard with hydraulic pickup lift to help customers be more productive when having to raise the pickup for transportation.


Changes to the Premium MegaWide Plus pickup include:


Larger cams and cam bearings

Reel cam and cam arms for premium machines (1); Reel cam and cam arms for 9 Series (2)Reel cam and cam arms for premium machines (1); Reel cam and cam arms for 9 Series (2)

Larger spider gears for 1.22-m (4-ft) and 1.52-m (5-ft) pickups

Left-hand spider gear for Premium Baler (1) and left-hand spider gear for 9 Series Baler (2)Left-hand spider gear for Premium Baler (1) and left-hand spider gear for 9 Series Baler (2)
Right-hand spider gear on Premium Baler (1) and right-hand spider gear for 9 Series Round Balers (2)Right-hand spider gear on Premium Baler (1) and right-hand spider gear for 9 Series Round Balers (2)
Center spider gear for 569 Premium Round Baler (1) and center spider gear for 569 Round Baler (2)Center spider gear for 569 Premium Round Baler (1) and center spider gear for 569 Round Baler (2)

The spiders now have bearings to offer a quieter operation of the pickup as well as giving the reel higher durability (longer life). Left, right, and center spider gears are all larger on the premium pickups for increased life.


The premium pickup offers the low-profile design that owners love while adding the durability of larger components needed for large baling operations. 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 (71 in.) on balers with a 1.22-m (4-ft) wide bale chamber
  • Flare-to-flare width of 2.2 m (86.6 in.) on balers with a 1.52-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
  • Mega Tough©Â 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
Mega Tough pickup teethMega Tough 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
  • Mega Tough pickup teeth are designed to withstand the harshest baling conditions and provide long service life


The 1.22-m (4-ft) balers use a reinforced, full-length toothbar design.

The 1.53 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 pick up 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.

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
Cutout clutch protected feeder drive chainCutout clutch protected 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.

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©Â and MegaWide Plus pickups
  • Hydraulic pickup lift comes standard on premium machines

GreenStar© 3 2630 DisplayGreenStar© 3 2630 Display

The John Deere 469 Premium and 569 Premium Round Balers are ISOBUS compatible. Premium machines require an ISOBUS display. BaleTrak Pro monitor will not work to run these Premium Round Balers.

This means the controller is now a part of the baler and the operator can use an ISOBUS-compatible display inside the cab. The ISOBUS system for premium round balers is compatible with John Deere 1800, 2600, and 2630 Displays for greater commonality and functionality. It can also be incorporated into the CommandCenter© on R Series Tractors, as long as the tractor is ordered ISO ready (GreenStar-ready wiring harness option code 8064 or GreenStar AutoTrac©-ready wiring harness option code 8067on 6R Tractors).

If a tractor is not ISOBUS-compatible, a wiring harness can be ordered to make the tractor run the John Deere 469 and 569 Premium Round Balers. Wiring harnesses are available to order with the baler or can be ordered after the fact through Parts. Two wiring harnesses are necessary; the cab wiring harness and the battery wiring harness.

For customers with John Deere 30, 40, 50, 55, 60, or 70 Series Tractors or any competitive tractor, a specific harness is available that includes a zener diode to regulate voltage. For customers with 6000 ™ 8000 Series Tractors, the wiring harness needed does not include the zener diode, since regulating voltage should not be an issue. These harnesses are only used for baling applications and are not intended to work in other ISO implement applications that require the use of radar and GPS capabilities.

ISO Wiring Harness for non-ISO-compatible tractorsISO Wiring Harness for non-ISO-compatible tractors

The ISOBUS system includes all of the great functions from the BaleTrak Pro monitor-controller, along with several new features as well.


Features of ISOBUS-compatible balers:

  • Simple integrated technology reduces the need for an extra monitor
  • Factory settings are preprogrammed but can be changed by the operator, if desired
  • Touchscreen interface on 2600 and 2630 Displays allows for easier screen navigation and settings adjustments
  • Bale size and certain twine settings can be adjusted from the operator’s seat
  • One hundred separate field bale counters instead of one with BaleTrak Pro (10 customers and 10 fields per customer)
  • ISOBUS displays can be interchanged with different ISOBUS-compatible balers and implements
  • A more intuitive error code system with text instead of using error codes
  • Easier operator interface navigation with descriptions when hovering over icons
  • Common calibrations, except twine-arms, can now be made from the cab with no channels to work through
  • Third bale shape sensor is standard on premium machines
    • Third bale shape sensor can be turned on or off
  • Maximum bale size button for finishing up fields
    • Allows the operator to go to maximum bale size for last bale in field. Monitor will return to preset size after the bale is completed, wrapped and ejected.
  • All premium machines are automation ready (please see Tractor-baler automation information for more details)

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

The 459, 459 Silage Special, 559, 559 Silage Special, 469, 469 Silage Special, 469 Premium, 569, 569 Silage Special, and 569 Premium use 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

The 459, 459 Silage Special, 559, 559 Silage Special, 469, 469 Silage Special, 469 Premium, 569, 569 Silage Special, and 569 Premium use 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.

Gull wing doors
Gull wing door side viewGull wing door side view
Gull wing doors rear viewGull wing doors rear view

Gull wing doors are offered on the 469 Premium and 569 Premium Round Balers for differentiated styling. These doors allow the customer to easily service the machine. From the ground to the bottom of the door when open is 7 ft.

Factory-installed grease bank
Grease bankGrease bank

Standard on premium round balers is a factory-installed grease bank. This allows the customer to only have to grease eight zerks (four on each side of the baler) for grease zerks that were hard to reach on previous models. The customer will still have to grease the driveline and some other components on the baler.

Third bale shape sensor
CommandCenter© display with third bale shape sensor CommandCenter© display with third bale shape sensor

The 469 Premium and 569 Premium offer the customer a third bale shape sensor that can be turned on or off. This will allow the customer to make consistent, square shouldered bales since they can now see how the center of their bales are forming.

ISOBUS system
Connection of ISO monitor wiring harness to the tractorConnection of ISO monitor wiring harness to the tractor
Controller on balerController on baler

The ISOBUS system offered on the premium round balers allows the customer to use the latest technology when baling. They can utilize their GreenStar© 2600, GreenStar 2630, GreenStar 1800, or certain R Series CommandCenter as their baling monitor and can switch between tractors without having to take the display with them. All information for the baler is stored on the controller.


A new, two-year or 12,000-bale warranty comes standard on 469 Premium and 569 Premium Round Balers ONLY. Please see full product warranty for more details.

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

Tractor-baler automation display screenTractor-baler automation display screen

Tractor-baler automation allows for easier operation and reduced operator fatigue after all day operation. This function is only compatible with model year 2010 or newer John Deere 6030/7030 Premium, or model year 2011 or newer 6R/7R/8R Tractor that is GreenStar™- or AutoTrac™-ready.


6030 Premium Tractors include: 6230 Premium, 6330 Premium, and 6430 Premium Tractors.


7030 Premium Tractors include: 7130 Premium, 7230 Premium, 7330 Premium, 7430 Premium, and

7530 Premium Tractors.


All tractors must be ISOBUS compatible. All balers must have a pushbar when operating in tractor-baler automation mode.


NOTE: 6R Series Tractors can still be ordered non-ISO compatible. Please order the GreenStar-ready wiring harness package or AutoTrac-ready wiring harness package to make the 6R Tractor ISO compatible. Model year 2015 and newer Final Tier 4 6R Series Tractors must be ordered AutoTrac-ready from the factory in order to work with tractor-baler automation.


NOTE: Premium Round Balers can run on any tractor that is ISOBUS compatible (or made ISOBUS compatible with wiring harness) however, tractor-baler automation will only work on the tractors/features listed.

NOTE: Having the ISOBUS coupler does not necessarily mean that the tractor is GreenStar-ready.


There are two levels of tractor-baler automation. Both the baler activation and tractor activation must be purchased.

  • Level 1: Selective control valve (SCV) control
    • Requires electronic SCVs
    • Controls the SCV for the gate. Tractor movement must be at zero before gate will open
    • Operator must still start, stop, and drive the tractor.
    • Operator must still weave if necessary.
  • Level 2: SCV and vehicle speed control
    • Requires electronic SCV’s and Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT™) tractor
    • Controls the SCV for the gate and the starting and stopping of the tractor
    • Operator must drive the tractor
    • Operator must weave if necessary
    • Tractor will slow to a stop when bale reaches full size
    • Operator must cycle reverse lever from forward to neutral and back to forward or
    • Operator must press and hold brakes before tractor comes to complete stop
    • Tractor will drive forward after reverse lever is cycled or operator releases brakes

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

Size Diameter
81 to 183 cm
32 to 72 in.
117 cm
46 in.
Weight Full-size bale in dry crop
748 kg
1,650 lb
Max. allowable for silage bale
998 kg
2,200 lb
Bale forming
Forming chamber Variable
Belts-other Number
6 belts
Triple weave
17.8 cm
7 in.
Length, regular
Two: 1,334 cm
525 in.
Length, staggered
Four: 1,348 cm
531 in.
Diamond tough triple weave
Diamond tread
Enclosed % of bale surface 91 percent
Belt splices Plate-type splices
Density control Adjustable hydraulic, isolated from tractor
Bale size indication Electronic display on monitor
Base weight 1,889 kg
4,165 lb
With 31.5x15 tires: 2,597 kg
5,725 lb
Length Gate closed
371 cm
146 in.
Gate open
475 cm
187 in.
Height Gate closed
279 cm
110 in.
Gate open
368 cm
145 in.
Drive protection Cam clutch
PTO speed 540 or 1,000 rpm
PTO lockback collar on tractor hookup Yes
PTO 60-degree free rotation Yes
Type Constant velocity; category 4: 540 rpm
Constant velocity; category 5: 1,000 rpm
Mega tooth pickup
Mega wide pickup
Drive Roller chain 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.
Monitor console for tractor ISOBUS Monitor
Gate closed Symbol on monitor
Bale forming Bar graphs
Bale size Mechanical and digital
Near full bale Audible alarm and symbol
Full bale Audible alarm and symbol
Twine arm position Indicator Mechanical
Auto wrap Yes
Oversize bale Audible alarm and symbol
Silage baler features
Starter roll scraper Optional
Powered scraping auger Optional
Tire size
Standard 21.5x16.1, 10-ply
Tractor Requirements
Minimum PTO 48 kW
65 hp
Hydraulic SCV valves 1
Wrapping system
Control Automatic
Twine arms 2
Twine ball capacity 8
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