Saturday, October 21, 2017

John Deere: Latest forager and tractor star at Royal Highland Show

By WniF editors

John Deere’s new 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester and 6R Series mid-range tractor, both featuring the company’s latest fuel-efficient Stage IV compliant engines, will make their Royal Highland Show debut on the John Deere in June.

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 3.0m to 4.5m and Kemper rotary headers from 6.0m 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.

John Deere's new 6215R tractor.
John Deere’s new 6215R tractor.

Spearheading the 6R Series mid-size tractors from Mannheim, the six-cylinder 6215R on show features enhanced manoeuvrability, improved operator comfort and an industry leading extended service interval of 750 hours. The tractor is powered by a new 6.8-litre engine rated at 215hp, with an extra 40hp boost available for transport and PTO work from the intelligent power management (IPM) system.

Fuel efficiency of this new model can be enhanced by choosing either the established AutoPowr continuously variable transmission or the new, advanced double-clutch DirectDrive transmission. The new CommandARM – as featured on John Deere’s latest 7R and 8R Series tractors, also being displayed on the Highland Show stand – incorporates an electronic joystick and a Generation 4 CommandCenter display.

In addition, this FarmSight-ready 6R Series tractor can be fitted with JDLink telematics as an option, to include new remote display access (RDA) and wireless data transfer (WDT) linked to the website portal.

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