Replacing your farm tractor's steering wheel with a new electric steer kit that links to a GPS receiver is an easy way to get auto-steering without a lot of changes to tractor plumbing. Leica Geosystems has released the SteerDirect ES which will fit all major brands and models. The electro-mechanical drive unit latches on, and off, for easy transfer between vehicles. Adding the SteerDirect ES doesn't involve integration into the hydraulic system or dismounting the steering wheel. The add-on is compatible with the Lieca mojo3D guidance system and Leica mojoXact. There is a universal install kit - Kit 805044 - and several specific kits, including:
Case IH MX & STX, New Holland TJ & T9000 (Install Kit 805047)
* Case IH Maxxum, MXU & Puma, New Holland TS, T6000 & T7000 (Install Kit 805046)
* John Deere 6000 & 7000 (Install Kit 805048)
* John Deere 6000 Premium & 7000 Premium (Install Kit 806829)
* John Deere 47X0, 4830, 7000, 8000, 8000T, 8R (2010), 9000 & 9000T (Install Kit 805045)
And Leica promises to add more kits in the future. For more information talk with an authorized Leica Geosystems distribution partner or visit www.agguidance.com.
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