JOHN Deere last week signaled its intention to gain a greater share of the high horsepower tractor market with the release of four-wheel drive and track tractors at the John Deere Experience product release at York.
Designated the 9030 series, the range consists of eight new tyre and track models ranging in horsepower from 242 to 395kW.
These tractors are engineered for broadacre operations and according to Deere provide cleaner-burning engines and more power, productivity and operator comfort.
According to John Deere WA territory manager Preston Grigg, a key feature of all 9030 series tractors is a larger fuel tank, which gives the new tractors up to 33 per cent greater on-board fuel capacity.
“It means the tractors can stay out longer in the paddock and allow the operator to cover more acres in less time,” he said.
“But I think the big news is our re-designed track models which not only provide more drawbar power but have a completely new suspension system for greater operator comfort. “
Farmers have been critical of track tractors because of the long-held belief that they are too rough and rigid in operation.
“ That may have been true of very early models but technologies such as air bag suspension and cushioned drivers’ seats has ironed out these problems. “Our new 9030T models feature a new AirCushion walking L-beam suspension system that will give drivers a smoother ride in all paddock and transport conditions.”
A redesigned bogey undercarriage also allows easier track alignment capability and provides increased track tensioning and recoil, wider front idlers and enhanced reliability.
The air suspension system also is equipped with its own on-board regulation system with controllers that automatically adjust to paddock or transport conditions.
The three track models, 9430T, 9530T and 9630T, come standard with a 24 speed powershift transmission.
Two transmission options are available for wheeled models.
A 24-speed manual transmission is available on the 9230, 9330 and 9430 models while an 18-speed powershift is available as an option.
This powershift is standard on the 9530 and 9630 models.
According to John Deere, drive components are beefed up on the 9530 and 9630 wheeled tractors and a new, stronger double-reduction axle handles the increased horsepower requirements and higher torque loads.
The operator station and cab also have been improved for increased operator comfort and there also is a quieter CommandView cab with lower sound levels and excellent visibility.
ActiveSeat suspension is another feature while colour-coded controls allow for easy operation of the tractors. All vehicles are GreenStar and AutoTrac-ready.