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John Deere adds more power to 8000 Series forager range

On top of a new more powerful 8000 Series model, Deere’s forager updates also extend to new crop processors and ever growing line-up of precision farming equipment.

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The new 8600 forager now tops out JD’s 8000 Series.
The new 8600 forager now tops out JD’s 8000 Series.

Driven by customer demand for more power and output in a self-propelled forage harvester with a transport width of less than 3m, John Deere has introduced an additional model to its current 8000 Series line-up for 2019.

Not to be confused with the old wide body 8600 model, which has recently become the 9600, the new narrow body 8600 now tops out the 8000 Series.

 

With 625hp, the new model offers a certain level of overlap within JD’s forager range, which now includes six 8000 Series models from 380hp, and four 9000 Series models from 625 to 970hp. As a result, there is now a choice of two 625hp models; one narrow and one wide body.

 

The 8600 is powered by a Deere 13.5-litre engine, which is the same as that fitted to the new entry-level wide body 9600 model. When fitted with 2.15m 710/75R42 front tyres, all the 8000 Series models remain within a road transport width of 3m.

 

8000 Series range overview

Model

Engine

Maximum power

8100

9.0-litre, Deere

380hp

8200

9.0-litre, Deere

431hp

8300

13.5-litre, Deere

490hp

8400

13.5-litre, Deere

540hp

8500

13.5-litre, Deere

585hp

8600

13.5-litre, Deere

625hp


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Kernal processor developments

Kernal processor developments

Available for the full range of self-propelled foragers as an alternative to its current Premium kernel processor, John Deere has introduced the XStream KP kernel processor.

Designed as a high performance processor, it has been developed in partnership with US-based company Scherer.

 

The new processor provides a large roll diameter of 250mm and 50 per cent roll speed differential, thus increasing processing intensity by 10 per cent at all cutting lengths, says the manufacturer. Kernel processor rolls are available with a standard sawtooth design on the Premium KP unit, and either the saw tooth or a new XCut design on the XStream KP, which features a spiral cut groove across the roll surface. Both roll designs are also available with JD’s Dura Line heavy-duty coating for increased durability.

 

In addition, the XStream KP features a built-in temperature monitoring system, which keeps the operator informed about the processor’s bearing temperature. When switching between maize and grass, the processor can be removed in five minutes, says the manufacturer.

Precision equipment

Precision equipment

All 8000 and 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters for 2019 can also be equipped with John Deere’s complete range of precision farming systems. This includes its latest HarvestLab 3000 crop sensor which uses near infrared sensing technology to view and document real-time measurements. This includes protein, starch, fibre, which can be viewed as total per job or illustrated via site specific maps.

 

HarvestLab 3000 also enables the automation of chop length adjustment and silage additive dosing to be made on the move, based on dry matter content, says the manufacturer. The same sensor can be used in stationary mode for analysing clamp silage, in order to manage feed rations more accurately, and for analysing the constituents in manure such as N, NH4, P and K when operating a slurry tanker.

 

As an option, ActiveFill Control can be specified which is used for automatically filling trailers. The firm’s AutoTrac automatic steering is also available, as is its RowSense ‘feeler’ guidance which allows the forager to automatically follow maize rows.

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