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Feature: 2021 John Deere harvester range

Farm Trader takes a look at the latest offerings from John Deere’s new 2021 harvester range

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The BP15 belt pickup can deliver a 20% faster feed rate than its predecessor, the John Deere 615P

Two new drapers, a belt pickup, and two new corn heads will be available for Australasian John Deere owners, with the brand recently launching its 2021 range, featuring an entirely updated header line-up.

Comprising the new HDR rigid cutterbar drapers, RDF HydraFlex drapers, a BP15 belt pickup, and CR and CF corn heads, each is compatible with most of John Deere’s S series and T series combine harvesters as well as the larger models in its X series.

John Deere tactical segment manager Marko Koelln says the new headers will be available alongside the company’s 700D draper series, which he says has long been “a mainstay of the Australasian farming industry’s harvest equipment line-up.”

HDR rigid cutterbar drapers

Marko says the HDR rigid cutterbar drapers boast a new hinged frame, which give a wide wing range and unmatched terrain-following ability.

“Easy to use, these drapers pick up and sweep the down or lodged crop across the cutterbar to recover more crop, thanks to a consistent distance between the reel fingers and cutterbar, improved reel range and increased reel-drive motor torque,” he says.

“Optional John Deere grain saver draper belts can also help to reduce canola cutterbar loss by up to 25% when compared to traditional, smooth draper belts.”

Available in cutting widths of 10.7, 12.2, 13.7, and 15.2 metres, the drapers are designed to help bring more crop into the combine with each pass – working most effectively for canola, pulse and small grain growers.

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The HDR maximises combine performance through greater grain capture across various crops, changing conditions and uneven or rolling terrain

RDF hydraflex drapers

Compatible with harvesters dating back to 2012, the new John Deere RDF HydraFlex Drapers are built on the back of the existing John Deere 700FD while providing new features to reduce grain loss.

All RDF HydraFlex drapers feature a new two-speed centre feed section that lets operators slow down the feed drum and centre feed belt by 20% compared with
the 700FD.

“This puts more grain in the tank by reducing free grain loss, while operators can easily go from low to high speed when direct heading canola,” Marko says.

“RDF HydraFlex drapers reduce grain loss and let operators harvest at faster speeds without sacrificing cut quality.”

The drapers carry over the John Deere 10cm double-cut, dual-drive shaft HydraFlex cutterbar, which can make 1980 cuts per minute to enable faster harvesting speeds.

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New John Deere HDR rigid cutterbar drapers are ideal for small grains and canola grower

BP15 belt pickup

The new BP15 belt pickup platform is designed to handle high volumes of crops in tough conditions – aimed at small grain growers who need to harvest more hectares per hour with an X Series, S Series, or T Series.

Marko says the new pickup delivers a 20% faster feed rate than its predecessor, the John Deere 615P, thanks in part to a two-speed auger drive sprocket which helps improve feed rate adjustability, for large or bulky crops like canola.

“The BP15 has a wider feederhouse opening with adjustable feed auger flighting and fingers that allow this belt-pickup platform to harvest more hectares,” he says.

A slower speed feed rate can be used for less bulky crops such as cereals and grass seed, while a factory-installed crop shield minimises grain loss by preventing it from building up and laying on the feederhouse.

“Less time will be spent making adjustments, as no tools are needed to modify the height of the large, 51cm gauge wheels for varying window conditions and crop types,” Marko says.

Corn heads

Deere has also developed a new range of two types of corn heads.

Designed for harvesting leaning, down or fallen crop, the CR rigid corn heads can be equipped from the factory with active end fenders that pull more ears into the head as the harvester moves through the paddock.

The John Deere CF folding corn heads include all the features of CR rigid corn heads but offer a low-profile folding frame and an industry-leading fold cycle time of less than 60 seconds when connected to S700 combine harvesters, Deere says. Costs are also cut by eliminating the need to purchase a header trailer.

Each of the new drapers, corn heads, and the belt pickup come with a header control unit (HCU) that communicates seamlessly with the combine.

The HCU saves head-specific factory calibration settings and collects and sends header-width information to the combine for accurate yield mapping, and detects and reports header-specific diagnostic codes, plus tracks hours of use and maintenance intervals.

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