John Deere’s new top-of-the-range 8800 self-propelled forage harvester, 6R Series tractors and R Series front loader make their UK public show debut at AgriScot 2015 next month, alongside a smaller 5E Series tractor, HPX Gator utility vehicle and F440R fixed chamber round baler.
Three new models have been added to the 8000 Series range of self-propelled forage harvesters, which utilise advanced technology to reduce crop losses and boost performance, including new Active Fill Control (AFC) for automated filling of trailers. The machines are designed to provide customers with up to 15 per cent more productivity, increased uptime, lower operating costs and faster, easier maintenance.
As well as the 845hp 8800, the range now includes the 490hp 8300 and 761hp 8700 models. Other advanced features on these machines include a GreenStar 2630 with touchscreen display and all functions conveniently located in the CommandARM, Remote Display Access (RDA) and AutoTrac automatic steering with RowSense. Each model can also be equipped with HarvestLab, an advanced crop analysis and documentation system that uses constituent sensing to improve forage quality.
Headers include John Deere’s new 9 Series grass pick-ups and Kemper 300 or 400 Series row-independent rotary drum harvesting units. All John Deere headers are automatically speed matched to the selected length of cut. Additional operator friendly features include a DuraDrum cutterhead with reverse knife sharpening and a ProTouch function for increasing road or harvest speed during field changes.
The John Deere 6130R – which will be on display equipped with a new R Series front loader – and 6155R tractors are also on show for the first time at AgriScot. Available from dealers in November, the new mid-size 6R Series models feature new Stage IV engines rated from 110 to 155hp, improved manoeuvrability, enhanced operator comfort and a wide range of transmission options.
All these latest tractors are equipped with John Deere’s intelligent power management system (IPM), which adds 20 to 30hp on the four-cylinder models and 40hp on the six-cylinder versions. The tractors feature CommandARM controls and a Generation 4 CommandCenter touch screen monitor with swipe function display, while the redesigned TLS+ front axle suspension provides improved steering and driving on the road.
An electrical loader-ready joystick is also available, for use with John Deere’s latest R Series front loaders. The new 6R Series tractors have been specifically designed to accommodate these versatile loaders, which feature new mounting frames and hood guards and are easy to attach and operate.