Keeping operators warm and comfortable

31 May, 2011 03:00 AM
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Jolly and Sons Dalwallinu service manager Kirk Jolly oversees the pre-delivery of a new John Deere 8270R tractor during a quiet time at the dealership last Friday.
Jolly and Sons Dalwallinu service manager Kirk Jolly oversees the pre-delivery of a new John Deere 8270R tractor during a quiet time at the dealership last Friday. "Things have quietened down since the rain came but I'm on stand-by for after-hours service-related work," Kirk said. "It doesn't happen too often but we're prepared."

JOHN Deere has tweaked its 8000R series tractors as it continues to gain popularity as one of the best models the company has introduced to the market.

Almost in recognition of its ability as a multi-purpose workhorse, the company is offering a heated seat option and leather covering.

According to Jolly and Sons Dalwallinu salesman Ray Trinder, it doesn't matter who is driving the tractor.

"If you've scored a 10 hour shift you want as much comfort as you can get," he said. "And primary is back care.

"These days tractors offer a plethora of operator-friendly features to make the job easier and apart from the computer technology there's plenty of effort gone in to designing the cab to make it as comfortable as possible for the operator," Ray said.

"Farmers expect performance and reliability when buying a tractor and these days, cab comfort rates highly on their tick list."

Deere says one of the hallmarks of an 8R Series tractor is its CommandViewII Cab.

Inside, operators will discover a roomy work environment that's equipped with integrated, easy-to-use monitors and controls.

Visibility is enhanced in all directions with best-in-class lighting and best-in-class cab and controls.

On performance, Ray rates the 8000R series as one of the best in the Deere stable, available in wheel or track models.

A standard 16-speed powershift transmission with Auto Powershift is a popular pick.\

But there's also Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) and Intelligent Power Management, which provides an extra 26kW (35hp) when you want a bit of extra grunt on the road.

So whether it towing a spreader, boomsprayer or a chaser bin, the 8000R models have plenty under the bonnet to do the job.

The tractors also are Autotrac guidance-ready with easy installation of the new GreenStar 3 display.

The 8R Series line-up includes six wheeled models that range from 168kW to 257kW(225-345 engine horsepower) and three track models that range from 220kW to 257kW (295-345 engine horsepower).

The IVT is standard on the 8345RT and optional on all other models.

With an IVT, operators can use a single lever to smoothly shift from 0 to 38km/h or any speed in between.

Simply dial in a specific ground speed and the engine and transmission work together to keep the tractor operating at that speed. The instant power responses to changes in load conditions also improves fuel efficiency. Deere has refined the models by increasing horsepower output, while adding more space and comfort to the cab.

It also has dramatically upgraded the ride comfort and capabilities of its track models with an AirCushion suspension system that was first made available on the company's larger 9030T series track tractors.

According to Deere, the AirCushion suspension provides exceptional operator comfort and improved vehicle traction that puts more power to the ground.

In addition, fuel capacity on the 8RT Series has been expanded to 900 litres (200 gallons) ? a 54 per cent increase compared to its predecessor.

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