John Deere launches the 9RX tractor line, and a lot more

The line includes seven models - four in "ag" trim and three scraper machines. The four ag models are the 9470RX, 9520RX, 9570RX and 9620RX with the model number denoting engine horsepower. Three models - the 9470RX, 9520RX and 9570RX are available in scraper versions.
He points to the undercarriage design which he calls "very robust and delivers maximum uptime and a low-cost of operation." Learn more about that on the next slide.


A look at the big boy

The latest four-track machine to come to market, it's hard not to compare this machine with the competition, and Griffith addresses some key details, noting that buyers will notice a taller undercarriage compared to competitors. The tracks on the 9RX have a larger drive sprocket - 39.5 inches in diameter - and more wrap angle for more positive drive lug engagement. "The belt is 20% longer and the advantage of that is that to travel the same distance as a competitor our belt will travel 20% less," he says.
The John Deere four-track system has drive lugs. This is a positive-drive system, versus the two-track design that uses guide lugs and a friction drive design. Griffith notes that the tension on the belts is significantly higher than the competition, which he says is a contributor to maintaining contact with the ground. Mid rollers on the 9RX are the same as those on the 8RT line, which is designed to offer easy change out if it does need replacing. "[After you de-tension the belt] you just loosen some hardware and pull out the bad mid-roller and put in a new mid-roller," he notes.


A look at the track

The design uses a sealed mid-roller with a rubber or poly coating for the wear surface.
The John Deere system uses wider drive lugs than competitive models and there are more drive lugs engaged in the drive sprocket, which boosts the surface area engaged per lug, which decreases the chances of skipping a drive lug on the belt. These will be fixed-width machines with two belt widths - 30-inches and 36-inches. Scraper models will only offer the 30-inch belt. "We do have a narrow track machine in development that would be row crop compatible," Griffith points out.
The tracks offered on these machines are Camoplast Duradrive 3500 Series and Camoplast Duradrive 6500 Series with Durabuilt technology tracks. The 3500 and 6500 tracks are the positive drive versions of the Durabuilt 4500 and 6500 series tracks used on the friction drive undercarriage of the 9RT lineup.


More about the tracks

There's an enhanced CommandView III Cab with the 9 Family tractors. The enhancement is a suspended design. It's the first suspended cab for the Series 9 Tractors. Griffith explains that with the four axle design the best way to get the ride quality was through a cab suspension system. The cab has spring-loaded shocks on each corner and a Parallel Plane Four Bar Linkage to control cab movement and isolate the cab and operator from impacts and vibration.


A big greenhouse view

The CommandView III Cab operating environment includes the Generation 4 CommandCenter display that's easy to navigate and customize. There's also the option of adding Active Command Steering which in these drive-by-wire machines manages the steering through software to make steering control easier and more precise.
Griffith notes that this tractor is also John Deere FarmSight ready to work with all the components and technology designed for the MyJohnDeere system that allows farmers to collect and share information about any task being accomplished on the farm.


Operator comfort, and high-tech cockpit

There are two engine choices for the line up with the 9470RX and 9520RX powered by a John Deere PowerTech PSS 13.5-liter engine. The larger two machines - the 9570RX and 9620RX - have Cummins QSX15 engines.
The company went to the larger Cummins engines with the announcement of the new 9RT lineup last year. It's not the first time Deere has selected a Cummins power plant for big tractors, but last year the rules changed. The last time the John Deere chose the Cummins engines for its four-wheel drive tractors, local John Deere dealers couldn't work on those machines.
That's the past - all John Deere dealers are certified to work on the QSX engines in those bigger tractors. "We've had positive comments from the field about how those engines are performing," Griffith says. "They have the pulling ability and they like the power being provided. Any minor issues they come across can be dealt with at the dealership. We are meeting the objectives we had with this [engine choice]."


Two engine choices

The redesigned hydraulic system available on the 9R/9RT Series is offered on the 9RX too. This system delivers industry leading high-flow hydraulics option providing 115 gallons per minute of flow and up to 8 rear SCVs for implements with high hydraulic demands.
Griffith, who has been working with 9RT tractors for several years, notes that the 9RX will offer customers the opportunity to navigate through wet conditions under load. With a four-track machine there's greater potential to work ground sooner because of the higher flotation with a 9RX.
In addition, on sidehills, Griffith notes the four track machine reduces the chance of implement drift that can occur in some conditions. "The four-track machine does a better job of helping the tractor stick to the sidehill," he says.
With the larger drive wheel and the positive-drive design, he anticipates improved performance under a range of conditions.


High-flow hydraulics and more

For model year 2016 is ramping up performance on the S-Series combine with a larger cleaning sieve (up 12%) and a new shoe drive with a tougher, wider belt with double the tensile strength of its predecessor. The company notes that in shoe-limited conditions the Dyna-Flow Plus cleaning system can increase combine capacity by up to 10% in corn and 13% in wheat and canola. And the system can reduce tailings as much as 28%. The cleaning show is longer, but is also lighter in weight. In fact, John Deere has removed more than 300 pounds in weight from the cleaning shoe as part of this redesign.
And the company is making Active Terrain Adjustment available as a factory installed option for all 2016 models of S-Series combines. Active Terrain Adjustment automatically controls fan speed and sieve/chaffer openings as the combine travels up and down hilly terrain. The company claims that on uphill slopes of 12 to 16 degrees the results can be a $32 to $64 savings per acre while reducing tailings by up to 35%.


Enhancing harvest equipment

John Deere is expanding the 600C Series Corn Heads and giving a refresh to the 600F HydraFlex Draper Platforms.
For the first time, the company is offering a folding 12-row corn head - 612FC - that can provide productivity of up to 30 acres more per day versus harvesting with a traditional 8 row corn head and 6 more acres per day versus a traditional 12-row while reducing operating costs by 15%. The key is that with a folding head you save the time, and labor, of removing the head to transport the combine from field to field. You also eliminate the need for someone else to be along to pull the head to the next field too.
For soybean and small grain producers, the company has upgraded the HydraFlex Drapers - including the 630FD, 635FD and 640FD - with features recently introduced in the 645FD. This includes streamlined end dividers to reduce grain loss and crop knock down; a wider center-feed section to boost material feeding by 15%; and30% stronger reel fingers for greater durability and improved crop pickup.


First green folding 12-row header

Earlier this year John Deere launched the 6M series, which will offer a faster transport speed - up to 25 mph - and a range of other features. Small frame models include the 6110M, 6120M and 6130M - where the number following the 6 is the engine horsepow3er. The 6145M and 6155M are mid-frame models; and the line tops 0ff with the 6175M and 6195M with a large frame size. The 6M features a mechanical cab suspension for enhanced operator comfort; factory-installed AutoTrac Ready for assisted steering; on-the-go auto mechanical front-wheel drive and differential lock for increased traction. The 6M series is now reaching the market.


The 6 Family Tractor lineup ramps up

The 6 Family Tractor lineup gets new models - the 6E series with enhanced performance and added versatility. The new design on the 6E series initially began with upgrading the pre-existing 6D line. The 6E Series tractors offer essentials in an economical package, including comfort and visibility for those long days in the field. Tractors in the 6E Series are suited for tasks around beef or dairy farms and commercial or governmental jobs. There are three models in the line - 105, 120 and 135 hp.
Other features include an optional air seat with a new 15-degree swivel for comfort and improved rea visibility. Power comes from PowerTech engines designed for reduced fluid consumption by handling regeneration automatically. Two power-reverser transmissions are available for the 6E Series tractors: A 24/12 hi/lo option gives operators 11 working speeds in the 5- to 13- mile-per-hour haying range, allowing drivers to shift on the go. The standard 12/12 tr4ansmission gives operators six working speeds in the haying range.


New tractors join the lineup

John Deere is adding three new models to its 8000-Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters. The three new models include the 8300, 483-hp with a Tier 4 Final 13.5-liter engine; 8700 at 755 hp with a Tier 2, non-EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) 19-liter engine; and the 8800 with 832 hp and a Tier 2, non-EGR 19-liter engine.
Each of the new models can be equipped with HarvestLab, an advanced crop analysis and documentiona component using constituent sensing to improve forage quality. Headers for the new machines include the John Deere Small Drum Rotary Harvesting units from 6 to 12 rows, John Deere Large Drum Rotary Harvesting Unites from 6 to 10 rows and the all new 9-Series Hay Pickups. The new machines offer improved fuel efficiency too.


More forage harvesters

The W150 self-propelled forage harvester, launched three years ago, has been a success and to build on that John Deere is rolling out the new W155 Windrower for hay and forage producers. The self-propelled windrower offers fast cutting speeds and easy-to-maneuver controls. The machine is powered by a PowerTech 4.5 liter Final Tier 4 engine generating 155 hp. In addition, the W155 comes with the option of an AutoTrac Controller Kit. When paired with AutoTrac Activation, GreenStar Display and StarFire 3000 receiver, the controller kit can reduce header overlap by up to 90%, allowing you to cover more acres in less time.


New self-propelled windrower

The first John Deere Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioner was launched in 2012 and now the company is getting into that business big time with five new models. The newest updates to these combination front- and rear-mounted machines offer widths at 3.1 or 3.5 meters and three combined cutting widths up to 9.9 meters. With the addition of these models, the John Deere front and rear Mo-Co lineup now includes five models in different configurations:
Two front machines, F310R at 3.1 meters and the F350R at 3.5 meters
Either of the two fronts combined with two different configurations or rear machines - two 3.1 meters or two 3.5 meters, deliver three different configurations - R870R at 8.7 meters; R950R at 8.5 meters; and R990R at 9.9 meters - the key is that two of the rear models combine with the front to reach the indicated width. Productivity can be optimized with the addition of AutoTrac, the guidance system, which enables the new mower conditioners to cut and condition the crop at speeds up to 20 mph. Transport speeds, depending on tractor horsepower, range up to 30 mph.


Triple-mounted Mo-Co line expands

John Deere is adding the new 459E Baler to its hay and forage lineup for 2016. The 4-foot-by-5-foot bales create high quality hay. The baler is equipped with six Diamond Belts, which cover more than 90% of the bale chamber, to reduce leaf loss while improving bale quality, according to Jeremy Unruh, product line marketing manager. There are two wrap options for the 459E - twine or net. The baler comes 2ith the BaleTrak Pro Monitor allowing the operator to monitor and control and monitor important baler functions conveniently from the tractor seat.
The baler also features an adjustable hitch, helping operators attach the baler to the tractor drawbar with ease at an idea height of 16 to 18 inches. Producers can also baler faster with the 459E Edge-to-Edge net wrap option. Compared to twine, baling with net wrap is faster, and results in less spoilage.


New economy baler

John Deere is updating its 2510H High Speed Applicator with a new Dry Nutrient Attachment. The rise in use of side-dress applications of crop nutrients is creating the need for new tools to meet producer needs.
With this setup, a farmer can apply anhydrous ammonia alone or in combination with dry nutrients, or dry nutrients alone. This provides a range of options for maximizing crop returns. With this new dry nutrient system, the 2510H can now apply primary nutrients - N, P and K - below the soil surface at the same time. The ability to apply anhydrous ammonia at the same time as dry nutrients provides flexibility through the growing season and can reduce application costs because you can apply a range of nutrients in a single pass.


High-speed applicator with dry nutrient attachment

The rising need for precision tillage has created the need for new tech in this area too. John Deere is introducing TruSet, an on-the-go tillage depth and pressure system that provides users ultimate tillage control from the cab. The system ties with the company's popular 2730 one-pass tillage tool that's already built for remote control tillage depth and pressure management. With TruSet, operators can adjust depth settings for their disks, rippers and closing disks on the 2730 Ripper along with pressure settings for the active hydraulic rolling baskets.
In as little as six seconds, TruSet operators can adjust depth and pressure settings from the cab. The 2730 Ripper was designed in four sections which makes accurate control easier. TruSet has four memory set points to allow operators to save settings for their most common field conditions. The system allows users to maximize the 2730 tillage system.


Bringing on variable rate tillage

The launch of the Exact Emerge system has a lot of farmers looking at ways to beef up their existing planters to achieve higher productivity. For 2016, John Deere is offering a retrofit kit for newer 1770NT, 1790 and DB series planters. The conversion kit provides corn and soybean producers with the latest planting technology to increase productivity and crop yields.
The retrofit kits are available for model year 2011 and newer 1770NTS Central Commodity System and 1790 planters as well as model 2012 and newer DB Series planters. ExactEmerg conversion components include meter and hopper assemblies, cartridge assemblies, 56v electric drives and row unit control assemblies. Kits require use of tractor power generation and GreenStar 3 2630 Display for full operation.


Kit updates planters for high-speed performance

Two new hay rakes from Frontier are designed for higher productivity. The WR00 and WR31 have wider wheel bases and larger wheels along with easily adjustable dual-spring rake arm suspension.
The WR00 is an economy wheel rake with simple adjustments and a compact carted design. There are easy two-point position adjustments allowing a quick match between windrow size and baler pickup width.
The WR31 has a new carted design with larger raking wheels and a Kwik Pik System that allows users to lift the raking wheels at the same time for better maneuverability and headland turns. The system has 32 inches of frame clearance to allow for better crop flow and clearance.


New hay rakes from Frontier

When John Deere launched the ExactEmerge planter two years ago the company also rolled out Seedstar Mobile, an enhanced app for controlling and monitoring planters. For 2015, the company is launching Harvest Mobile as a way to beef up the information and control of your combine in the cab. With Harvest Mobile on your iPad you can manage your combine while the GreenStar 2630 monitor/controller manages the machine and its systems.
Harvest Mobile integrates the customer's equipment and technology. The Integrated Combine Adjustment feature which allows even the most novice user to fine-tune the combine for optimum harvest performance. The system will be available to order starting Aug. 31. If you want to check out the system after that date, you can download it to your iPad from the App store and run it in 'demo' mode to learn more about the control capabilities of the system.


Harvest Mobile enhances combine experience

There was a lot of buzz a year ago when John Deere rolled its prototype four-track machine across the floor during a dealer introduction of new machines. Never mind that the new 9R/9RT lineup was introduced with significant features, the 9RX got its fair share of attention. Now the prototype becomes real and you can get up close and personal at the 2015 fall farm shows when the new 9RX will be unveiled to the public.

Jerry Griffith, division marketing manager, high-horsepower tractors, offers insight: " We've leveraged our learning from the past 20 years with our two-track systems. We took what we learned about the way we tension our belt systems, our alignment and our mid-roller technologies with our 8RT and 9RT and developed our four-track tractor."

And after you check out our in-depth look at the 9RX four-track machine, take a gander at all the other items John Deere launched during a special media event ahead of the 2015 fall farm shows to show off 2016 new products. The 9RX may create a lot of buzz, but there are new hay- and forage-making tools, enhancements to the S-Series combine (including a new 12-row folding corn head) and a key advancement in tillage - variable rate technology. And that's just a small sampling, so check out the gallery for more information.

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