Featuring new Stage IV compliant PSS engines with more power and lower engine speeds, John Deere’s new W and T-Series combines have been comprehensively redesigned for the 2016 harvest season.
Many components have been changed to achieve the best straw walker combine performance possible. The combination of the largest active separation area on the market and an enlarged cleaning shoe area will enable operators to achieve an increase in output of up to 15 per cent, says the company.
Other class leading features include the fastest unloading rate and header conversion for different crops; exclusive 40kph top speed and track options; and the latest FarmSight precision farming developments with ConnectedCombine and MyJohnDeere.com.
On both ranges, the design changes provide increased separation capacity even under tough and wet harvesting conditions.
Featuring a sieve area of more than 6m2, the redesigned cleaning shoe is now among the largest in its class. Tests have shown that the combines can now operate at a high performance level with low losses across a wider range of fan settings. This makes it easier to get the maximum out of the combine with minimal losses, even for less experienced operators.
The unloading rate of up to 125 litres/sec allows an 11,000-litre capacity grain tank to be emptied in less than 90 seconds. The new 600X Series combine header can also be converted from barley to rape harvesting in just three minutes, while the rape knife features a quick coupler for faster conversion. In addition, John Deere’s new quick-engage Booster Bar is a rasp bar that can be swung into the crop flow in less than three minutes in situations where more aggressive threshing is required, for example in barley.
The ConnectedCombine package is designed to enable operators to get the maximum performance out of the harvester, to adjust it properly and manage the recorded data with the support of GPS. AutoTrac hands-free steering allows the driver to concentrate on combine adjustments, while Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) helps with the optimisation of machine settings. If required, Remote Display Access (RDA) connects the operator to a dealer specialist on the go, giving access to 24/7 product support and training.
Machine data such as fuel consumption, yield maps and area harvested on multiple fields can be transmitted via wireless data transfer (WDT) to the safe online web portal MyJohnDeere.com. Here an operator can view or download data instantly, as it is updated automatically on the move. Further data processing with agronomic software packages is also possible, while JDLink allows fleet management logistics to be optimised for greater efficiency and productivity.
John Deere’s larger S-Series combines for 2016 will feature Stage IV engines with the same industry leading diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption of only one to three per cent. A 40kph transmission option will also be available, in combination with ProDrive.
In addition, the smaller W330 combine can now be specified with the AutoTrac Universal automatic guidance system, as can the W440 and W440PTC models, which also have the option of electric sieve adjustment.