John Deere has developed a new 6M Series tractor range, with higher standards of comfort, performance, manoeuvrability and visibility in mind.
Launching at Agritechnica in November, these replace the previous 6M, 6MC and 6RC Series and include four new, four-cylinder models from 90 to 120hp, featuring a 2.4m wheelbase.
This is a more compact 6M Series tractor than John Deere has offered before, harking back to the 6020 and 6030 series of four-cylinder tractors, with a low bonnet design said to present a clear view to the front of the machine.
In addition, there is a slimmer steering wheel cowl and the newly designed panoramic window in the cab roof, reckoned to provide full visibility for loader work or operation in confined spaces.
Improving manoeuvrability is the short wheelbase, which allows a turning circle of 4.35m on the new four-cylinder models. Despite their slim design, these full-frame concept tractors feature a maximum permissible gross weight of 10.45 tonnes, which means a payload capacity of up to 4.7 tonnes.
All these latest 6M Series tractors feature a newly designed cab that is brighter and more modern in appearance, as well as quieter, with a rating of 70dB.
All the important operating functions are located on the right-hand panel, which has been redesigned, while models equipped with the CommandQuad transmission can be optionally fitted with a Compact CommandArm, with the functions located on the armrest.
Up to four mechanical or electric SCVs are available, the latter is a new option available for the first time on these tractors. Switches on the electrohydraulic joystick are fully programmable, and direction of travel can be changed on both this and the mechanical joystick via a push-button. Driver comfort is also enhanced by mechanical cab suspension and triple link suspension on the front axle, while 360 degree LED lighting is an option.
The new four-cylinder models are powered by a 4.5-litre John Deere PowerTech EWL engine. The tractors also feature Intelligent Power Management (IPM) for the first time, which increases performance by 20hp for pto work and transport, so the 6120M develops up to 140hp rated power with IPM.
Three different gearbox options are offered on the new series. PowrQuad and AutoQuad are four-step powershift transmissions, while CommandQuad Plus offers fully automatic gear and range shifting without using the clutch. With EcoShift, the maximum speed of 40kph is achieved at a reduced engine speed of 1590rpm. In addition, AutoClutch means the operator can stop and restart the tractor simply by using the brake pedal.
The latest AMS and FarmSight solutions include JDLink telematics, which can be ordered ex-factory with a free five-year subscription. All the tractors can be equipped with a StarFire 6000 satellite receiver and the 4240 or 4640 GreenStar displays. Depending on the level of precision required when using AutoTrac automatic steering, SF3 and RTK signals as well as the free SF1 option are available.
John Deere’s new 6M Series tractors can be ordered from dealers as of the end of September 2019, in Select, Select+ and Premium specifications to meet different customer requirements.