It's that time of year again, when big companies announce major product rollouts to the market ahead of the big fall shows. John Deere made news this week with new tractors, sprayers and more. Here's a quick rundown.
Tractors get new engines
The new final Tier 4 engines from John Deere have been rolled out in the 7R and 8R series tractors. During the media event the company showed media - and dealers - only a 'virtual' 8R tractor and a quick glimpse of the real 8R during a light-show reveal. However, the time spent with the 7R showed there's plenty brewing with John Deere engineers.
First up, the new final Tier 4 engine uses the company's building block approach and achieves the 80% reduction in NOx using selective catalytic reduction. But this builds on a system that started with cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a variable geometry turbo all the way through a diesel particulate filter and finally the addition of SCR. The key is that in this latest iteration, engineers have tuned the engine further to aim for reduced fluid consumption.
In fact, in Deere tests - which they're not touting too loud until independent tests are conducted, the 7R tractors could see a net fluid use reduction - SCR and diesel - of up to 4% over predecessors. But those numbers are preliminary.
The 7R and 8R tractors do get the new Command View III Cab which will feature an enhanced Generation 4 CommandCenter display that even includes a new user interface. That user interface, designed with 'easy' in mind, uses icons and buttons not unlike a smart phone.
And the cab is more comfortable with active seat tech and cab suspension for a smoother ride. You can also turn the seat up to 40-degrees for a better view of implements out the back, enhancing use of the machine.
New powershift transmission
There's a new transmission coming from Deere and it appears to combine electronic features common on the IVT with the mechanical performance of a powershift. They call it the e23 and it has 23 forward and 11 reverse speeds. The gears in both forward and reverse are evenly spaced for smoother operation.
The new transmission - which is available on the 7R in 2014 and available for the 8R for 2015 - offers three modes - manual, automatic and custom. That last choice allows you to set up your own custom automatic settings to maximize power and fuel consumption for a range of chores.
Here's the model rundown on the 7R series tractor showing engine hp, PTO hp, and transmission choices by model number. The new 7R series see s about a 15 to 20 hp bump from the previous model year:
7210R - 210 engine hp, 170 PTO hp, CommandQuad, e23, IVT
7230R - 230 engine hp, 189 PTO hp, CQ, e23, IVT
7250R - 250 engine hp, 205 PTO hp, e23, IVT
7270R - 270 engine hp, 224 PTO hp, e23, IVT
7290R - 290 engine hp, 242 PTO hp, e23, IVT
There are a range of options for the 7R including a new super-bright LED lighting package, and even a cab refrigerator to keep your field lunch and beverage cold. Pricing is not yet available for these machines.