John Deere’s new 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester, featuring the company’s latest fuel-efficient, Stage IV compliant engine, will be making its UK working debut on the John Deere stand at the 2015 Grassland UK event in May.
The top of the range 8600i wide body self-propelled forage harvester on show features a 625hp 13.5-litre John Deere engine, the unique, award-winning HarvestLab constituent sensing system and new KernelStar2 multi-crop processor. The forager’s AutoLOC (automatic length of cut) feature allows the operator to pre-select the precise cutting length based on actual forage conditions.
John Deere is currently the only forager manufacturer with a proven, accurate, commercially available system for measuring both grass and maize constituents in real time. Mounted on the forager spout, the versatile HarvestLab system can be removed easily for stationary feed analysis of different forage ingredients and for clamp silage analysis in the winter.
Additional new features on the 8000 Series foragers include the ADS Twin Line fully integrated advanced dosing system for silage additive application, and a wide range of headers. These include grass pick-ups from 3 to 4.5m and Kemper rotary headers from 6 to 9m wide.
Kemper maize headers are optionally available with automatic steering and/or automatic header control. For wholecrop harvesting, John Deere also offers the Zürn ProfiCut 620, a highly efficient silage header that leaves clean, low-cut stubble.
The new John Deere L1533 large square baler can also be seen working for the first time at a UK event. Designed to increase the baler’s performance, the proven high-capacity feeding system features an inline rotor and augers to prevent plugging.
Rotor options include RotoFlow HC and MaxiCut HC with 10 or 23 precutter knives. For optimum versatility and well-shaped bales, these new large square balers feature a multi-crop packer to handle silage, hay and straw. Key components including the pick-up, rotor, packer and the main gearbox are all fully clutch protected.
To reduce the load on the knotters during baling and to achieve a high bale density at all times, the balers are now equipped with new double tie knotters. In addition, two new high capacity turbo blowers, originally designed for John Deere combine harvesters, provide a strong airflow to clean the knotter table.
For long working days in the field, the newly designed and fully sealed twine box accommodates up to 30 twine spools in a single row. This facilitates the handling of the twine, which is easy to route and connect.
The new L1500 Series large square balers are ISOBUS compatible and offer a wide choice of John Deere in-cab displays. Most adjustments such as bale length and density, knife activation and greasing system management, as well as knotter tracking, can be controlled directly from the cab.