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Hay & Silage: John Deere 9500 SPFH

John Deere has debuted a new self-propelled forage harvester while adjusting other models in its range

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The new forage harvester range features Deere’s HarvestMotion Plus feature that helps maintain a consistent crop throughput

John Deere launched the 9500 SPFH (self-propelled forage harvester) this August across the ditch in Australia, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the manufacturer’s 9000 Series.

The 9500’s addition forms part of a redefined line-up that also features the reintroduction of the 9600 and new horsepower levels and engine for the 9700. Deere has also increased the horsepower of the 8200 via an engine upgrade.

“Farmers and contractors demand durable high-capacity forage harvesters that consistently deliver maximum throughput to make the most of peak harvest windows,” Deere’s Australian production system manager Stephanie Gersekowski says.

“The new 9500 is one of three models offering increased power and throughput in 2023, delivered through John Deere’s new JD18X engine, which reduces revolutions per minute (RPM) while decreasing fuel and oil usage to drive further efficiency gains during operation.”

The new 9500 – plus the 9600 and 9700 – are fitted with the manufacturer’s HarvestMotion Plus, a feature that Deere says synchronises engine speed with crop flow and power needs to maintain consistent crop throughput at low RPMs.

Stephanie says this will deliver 10% more productivity and 10% less fuel usage per tonne harvested. Other additions across the 9000 Series include redefined model fronts and a new spout design.

“The spout has a longer, optimised contour to create increased visibility and more service openings, making the machine easier to service to help farmers and contractors maximise their machinery uptime,” Stephanie says.

The range is also designed to have the latest in John Deere’s technology available.

“HarvestLab 3000 and precision guidance technology Autotrac, all seamlessly integrate with John Deere’s forage harvesters.

“In July last year, John Deere made the digital ecosystem more accessible to farmers by removing all ongoing costs for JDLink.

“We’re seeing, now more than ever, farmers using this tool for the collection
of agronomic and machine data to power efficient, profitable, and environmentally sustainable improvements for their business.”  

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