THE recent three-model release of the new 7020 series front-wheel-assist tractors will consolidate John Deere¹s position as market leader in the mid-horsepower segment.
According to the company¹s Australian marketing manager Jim Bullock, the new series is ³in a class of its own² at the moment.
³Our number one seller is the 8020 series but we expect the 7020 sales to press the 8020 for market share,² he said. ³These new tractors reflect farmer feedback to Deere on the improvements that could be made on the current 7010 models.²
The 7020s feature new styling, cabs, frames and engines.
Horsepower ratings start at 104kW (140 PTO hp) and range to 127kW (170 PTO hp).
The top-of-the-range 7920 comes standard with a 40km/h infinitely variable transmission (IVT), triple link suspension (TLS) and an option of AutoTrac guidance.
The new tractors feature John Deere PowerTech engines with several transmission options available on the 7720 and 7820 models, including a standard 16-speed ³PowerQuad Plus². Options include a 20-speed ³PowrQuad Plus², ³AutoQuad Plus² or IVT.
The IVT allows tractor speeds from 0.3m/hr to 40km/h and is a totally automatic transmission using an integrated electronic management system.
Sporting a new look, the 7020 tractors feature a redesigned body styling with a sloping front hood for better forward visibility.
An Implement Management System (IMS) allows the operator to program multiple functions that can be engaged with the push of one button while a new ³Command Centre² display provides the operator with an easy-to-read monitor system to view tractor functions.
Optional features include an HID lighting package, a right-hand door, an instructional seat, ³Field Office² software and an ³Active Seat².