It's easy for 2014 to focus on engine technology in new higher-horsepower tractors and John Deere did that this week in Columbus, Ohio. Media got the chance to join one of four flights of 1,200 dealers each that traveled to the Buckeye State to learn more about what the company plans to offer for 2014. And they got an eyeful, some of which was virtual.
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For 2014 the company is launching the new 7R and 8R series of tractors. However, there was only a virtual version of the 8R available for dealers and media to see. But we had plenty of time to look over the 7R series.
The core of the two new tractor series is the new final tier 4 engines - the PSS engines where the second S stands for SCR for selective catalytic reduction, which has been added to the Deere engine line to meet those tougher emission standards. The company had to reduce NOx emissions by another 80% to meet rules set down at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1996 and phased in through 2014 for over-175-hp engines.
The new PSS engines will power the 7R and 8R series machines. The lower-emission Final Tier 4 engines will not debut in the 9R series for 2014. John Deere, like all manufacturers, can bank "credits" that allow for transition time, so combines and the 9R series machines will see the new lower-emission Final Tier 4 engines debut most likely sometime in 2015.
And while lower-emission engines are part of the new 7R and 8R launch, perhaps the bigger news is a new E23 transmission that offers near continuously variable transmission performance in a powershift package. The E23 is available out of the chute in 7R tractors for 2014 and will be added to the 8R machines later in 2014. In fact, the biggest 8R machines will get the E23 transmission as a choice for 2015 (an advance look at where the company is headed for power train options).
Undergirding all this talk of power and emissions is continued advancement of the company's technology platform. FarmSight - as a concept - was rolled out in 2011 and has been moving forward ever since. JDLink is integral to most larger machines for 2014 and this communication tech becomes the infrastructure for new features too.
This slide show offers you an in-depth look at where John Deere is going for 2014 and even beyond.
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1. Look from afar
John Deere talked about the new 8R lineup but only showed dealer and media this machine during a light-show reveal. New machines will roll off the line in 2014. There are 9 models in the new line, including three 8RT machines on tracks. Across the line there's a 10-hp bump to engine horsepower for the line. Here's a quick look at the models, engine hp, PTO hp and transmission choices:<br>
8245R - 245 engine hp, 200 PTO hp, 16-Sp. powershift transmission (PST) or IVT<br>
8270R - 270 engine hp, 225 PTO hp, 16-Sp. PST or IVT (PST)<br>
8295R - 295 engine hp, 247 PTO hp, 16-Sp. PST or IVT<br>
8320R - 320 engine hp, 269 PTO hp, 16-Sp. PST or IVT<br>
8345R - 345 engine hp, 291 PTO hp, IVT only<br>
8370R - 370 engine hp, 313 PTO hp, IVT only<br>
8320RT - 320 engine hp, 264 PTO hp, IVT only<br>
8345RT - 345 engine hp, 286 PTO hp, IVT only<br>
8370RT - 370 engine hp, 308 PTO hp, IVT only<br>
In the cab the new machines get the Generation 4 CommandCenter with a 10-inch display and a totally new user interface. In addition to the 10-hp boost with the new Final Tier 4 engines, John Deere is adding more hydraulic capacity boosting flow by 41% to 85 gallons per minute as an option. Buyers can also opt for Intelligent Power Management which increases power and torque. In the 8370R tractor IPM will boost engine performance to 405 hp. And for 2014, Group 49 rear tires are available on all wheel models.
2. Taking control
The new 7R and 8R tractors get a redesigned CommandARM with improved ergonomics and integration of a range of controls for major tractor functions including AutoTrac resume, throttle, transmission, SCVs, PTO and hitch. That 10-inch CommandCenter display - a Generation 4 design - offers an enhanced user interface as well providing the user easier management of all machine functions. It's also part of the new CommandView III Cab where the operator station has a 40% right-hand swivel, nearly twice the rotation of the previous models, offering an easier view of the rear of the machine. Photo: John Deere
3. Data on command
It's great to look at the big iron at a product rollout but these days farmers are just as concerned about data collection and management. For 2014, John Deere is offering Wireless Data Transfer for new equipment. No more memory cards from combine to computer, no more rushing out to a distant field with a set of updated maps before an operator can get started. With Wireless Data Transfer you can send and receive information more quickly and easily. That system is part of an overall tech offering that includes Remote Display Access so that your dealer (when authorized by you) can see the display of a specific machine, which allows for quicker diagnostics and enhanced efficiency. The program is available as a subscription upgrade to JDLink Ultimate with Remote Display Access. With Wireless Data Transfer, the user can send information to a personalized web portal called MyJohnDeere.com so you can have access on your phone, tablet, computer or any Internet-enabled device. Photo: John Deere
4. New 7R with enhanced transmission
This is the first makeover of the 7R series since its launch in 2011 and there are five new models in the line - here's a look at the line, engine hp, PTO hp, and the transmission choices (more about the new e23 in a later slide):<br>
7210R - 210 engine hp, 170 PTO hp, CommandQuad, e23, IVT <br>
7230R - 230 engine hp, 189 PTO hp, CQ, e23, IVT <br>
7250R - 250 engine hp, 205 PTO hp, e23, IVT <br>
7270R - 270 engine hp, 224 PTO hp, e23, IVT <br>
7290R - 290 engine hp, 242 PTO hp, e23, IVT<br>
The line is powered by either a 6.8-liter or 9-liter PowerTech PSS engine (where the second S stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction), and there's a 10-hp to 20-hp boost and more torque versus the models they replace. Fuel capacities range from 125 to 143 gallons, with diesel exhaust fluid storage of 6.8 gallons. Deere claims the new SCR engines will use 1% to 3% DEF during normal operation.<br><br>
The 7R cab is very similar to the 8R cab, which helps when operators move from machine to machine, and provides high-end features across the two higher horsepower lines. The 7R cab is a quiet working environment that even uses a laminated windshield to help dampen noise.
5. Running cooler
In the new 7R series the cooling fan is behind the bank of radiators and other coolant systems. The larger 7R hood allows for a 15% increase in cooling capacity and those different parts of the cooling system are designed for easy access for cleaning and maintenance as shown. The machine is also designed to run the fan at a slower speed that offers quieter operation as well. Airflow through the cooling system is designed to create a vacuum that pulls clean air into the system from above which reduces residue buildup and can enhance machine uptime.
6. Brighter lighting
If buyers opt for the enhanced lighting package they can get LED lighting that's 40% brighter than high intensity lighting offered in the past. You can see the LED lights in this image - they're the lights with multiple 'elements' and during the media demonstration it was clear this is a much brighter lighting package.
7. New powershift transmission
It was 50 years ago that John Deere introduced its first powershift transmission and for 2014 the company is turning up the heat with the new e23 that offers 23 forward and 11 reverse speeds. This electronically controlled transmission offers some features only found on the IVT in the past, but mated to a fully mechanical transmission. Those 23 forward speeds are each separated by an equal 15% difference to provide balanced performance across the range. The 11 reverse speeds are also equally spaced by about 30% between each speed for balanced performance. The transmission can be operated in manual mode, auto-mode and custom mode offering the user a range of options. And there is an ECO setting that allows you to set a minimum operating RPM when in engaged. It can be low - like 900 rpm - when running without being under load. During a demonstration, when using the ECO mode fuel use per hour dropped significantly. Computer controlled transmission can adjust engine and transmission performance much faster than the operator even under load. Even at the top end 7290R, users will have the e23 transmisssion as a choice (or the IVT).
8. New DEF source
As the new 2014 engines come on stream, John Deere dealers will be offering a new product as a part number - diesel exhaust fluid. They'll offer the product in a range of container sizes - we show the mini-bulk cage tank here. It's a change for dealers who haven't had to deal with the product in the past - but they're gearing up already looking at heated storage (the product does freeze). Learn more about the new engine emissions package in the next slide.
9. Achieving lower emissions
John Deere is adding Selective Catalytic Reduction to its emission package. The company retains cooled exhaust gas recirculation and the diesel particulate filter as part of the overall design. This image shows the package for the 6.8-liter in higher horsepower setup and for the 9-liter engine. Engineers have spent a lot of time at John Deere optimizing this package. The SCR addition uses a diesel oxidation catalyst and all SCR components have lifetime service lives. This is just one package, there are different setups depending on the engine and application, all tuned for optimum performance. While competitors will be talking up their specific approaches to emissions, customers will want to look at key performance features. John Deere is claiming its emission system will use less DEF and combined with fuel efficiency will have enhanced "fluid efficiency." This is a number that farmers will want to pay more attention to in the future - it's not just fuel economy anymore.
10. More combine flotation
This is definitely a media-focus image. At the demonstration, John Deere had a new S680 combine outfitted with new tracks - Deere branded - that had been run through the mud as a flotation demonstration. These 36-inch tracks - a first for John Deere - offer a lighter footprint (and apparently they go through mud well too). The tracks can be ordered as a factory installed option or separately for model year 2014 machines. The tracks take about 6 hours to change out for wheels, and their width is about the same as front duals.
11. Enhanced combine tech
While the tracks are a highly visual new option for the S670, S680 or S690 for 2014, there are other features as well including the Interactive Combine Adjustment feature which can actually help the user automate combine settings on the go. The idea moves beyond the Automatic Combine Adjustment offered in the past where users could pick a setting from a menu for specific crop conditions. With ICA, the system works with the operator to fine-tune the combine for a variety of conditions. The combines also feature Engine Speed Management for enhanced efficiency, Dual Adjust Chaffer for added adjustment and improved grain tank cleanliness and an 8-Wing Feed Accelerator to improve material flow in tough conditions for customers with the company's Variable Stream Rotor.
12. Class 5 keeper
There was talk recently about the change in combine sales and the move to bigger machines and players like John Deere talked about eliminating the smaller Class 5 machines from the line. Turns out for 2014 there's a new Class 5 machine in the John Deere combine lineup - the new S650, which replaces the S550. That will offer mid-size operations a green choice at this combine class. It has a six-row corn head.
13. A faster windrower
The new W235 self-propelled windrower is a significant addition to the John Deere hay and forage lineup for 2014. The machine gets a 35-hp bump from its predecessor to 235 engine hp. In addition, the machine gets the same cab that graces the S-Series combine (which was first introduced in the harvest market in 2012). That new cab offers the CommandCenter display for enhanced windrower control and more creature comforts. Power comes from a 6.8-liter final tier 4 engine which is a 17.5% power increase over the previous model. And an added feature is Integrated AutoTrac - that's right auto-steering for a windrower. The company points out that with AutoTrac and higher horsepower could allow the user to operate at a higher speed - as high as 17 mph. Even simply bumping from 8 mph to 10 mph in normal operation in a 10-hour day, a user could cover 40 more acres with a 16-foot platform. The machine also has JDLink integrated into the package, including that Remote Display Access feature.
14. Changing windrower airflow
The new W235 features a larger 160-gallon fuel tank and a revamped cooling system designed to keep debris away. Note that the rear of the machine doesn't show a visible fan. The airflow comes in from the top - a clean source - to cool the engine. The high-position clean air intake feeds air into an 8-blade cooling fan with a 19% larger fan screen to reduce debris. There are two configurations available - rotary and draper. The rotary is compatible with the 994 and 995 heads and the draper will be compatible with the 600D head.
15. Two new sprayers
The self-propelled sprayer business is a hot area as more farmers buy these machines to make more timely applications during the growing season. For 2014, John Deere is rolling out the new R4030 and R4038 Self-Propelled Sprayers. These are completely redesigned sprayers with new boom suspension systems. The 800-gallon R4030 Sprayer replaces the 4730 model and is powered by a 280-hp, 6.8-liter PowerTech Plus PSS final tier 4 engine with four-wheel hydrostatic drive that can operate at up to 20 mph in the field and has a 30 mph transport speed. The 1,000-gallon R4038 is a replacement for the 4830 sprayer and is powered by a 9-liter final tier 4 PowerTech engine with 310 hp. Both sprayers feature flat-fold booms in widths up to 120-ft with better weight distribution. Operation is easier from the CommandView II cab with an integrated GreenStar 3 2630 display. And there's a dry-box option that allows use of a 200 cu. ft. New Leader dry spinner spreader that can spread as wide as 105-ft.
16. Enhanced sprayer cab
That new R Series sprayer line does get the new Command View II cab that has a range of enhanced controls and creature comforts. One that users will appreciate is a wider entrance into the cab - a 35% increase in that door opening - shown here in the standalone cab on the John Deere display floor. The R4030 and R4038 join the 600-gallon 4630 and 1,200-gallon 4940 models for a four-model self-propelled sprayer line.
17. New for nutrient application
The liquid fertilizer application market is growing as farmers work harder to spoon-feed nutrients to the crop. For 2014, John Deere is turning up the heat with the new 2510L Liquid Fertilizer Applicator. There are two models - vertical or side-fold - and three widths - 30-, 40- and 60-ft. And for added flexibility there are 18 different spacing and row combinations. A high-capacity pump delivers fertilizer to the crop through knives or injectors. The system comes with a GreenStar rate controller enabling integration with the GreenStar display in the cab for field documentation, map-based prescriptions and precision application. And John Deere Section Control allows for added application precision.