Global new release: John Deere 9R series tractors

John Deere has introduced its new 9R series tractors, along with the manufacturer statement that they are stronger and more intelligent

Headed up by the 691hp flagship models 9R 640 and 9RX 640, the series consists of seven other tractors, namely: 9R 440 (484hp), 9R/9RX 490 (539hp), 9R/9RX 540 (594hp), 9R/9RX 590 (649hp), 9RT 470 (517hp), 9RT 520 (572hp), and 9RT 570 (627hp).

The new John Deere 9RX 640 tractor

All the tractors use the same new and highly fuel-efficient 13.6-litre John Deere engine as the X9 combines, except for the top-of-the-range 640hp models, which are still powered by the proven 15-litre Cummins engine.

The six-cylinder John Deere engine with its HPCR fuel injection system has been developed to operate more efficiently, with noise levels reduced by up to 50%.

In order to transfer the enormous engine power to the ground, all models offer additional ballasting options that allow a gross weight of 30.4 tonnes.

The John Deere 9RT 570 tractor in action

Stronger and smarter

In addition to their tremendous power, the new tractors have become smarter. The StarFire 6000 receiver is integrated into the cab roof and is included as standard, along with the large 4600 CommandCenter display, full AEF ISOBUS compatibility, and AutoTrac activation.

John Deere also offers a full activation package for maximum automation at an additional price. This includes Turn Automation, Section Control, Variable Rate Control, Passive Implement Guidance, In-Field Data Sharing, Machine Sync, and now also the new AutoPath row guidance.

John Deere’s new AutoSetup allows farmers and contractors to pre-schedule jobs in the customer’s personalised Operations Centre. Jobs appear automatically on the cab display when the machine enters the field and the operator only has to confirm with a single button click.

Hard at work: the John Deere 9R 540 tractor

The system supports settings such as client, farm, field, field boundaries, tracks, implement widths/offsets, products, application rates, site-specific applications, documentation settings, and operator name.

Once the job is completed, all data can be transferred wirelessly to the Operations Centre. AutoSetup not only saves up to 90% of setting up time in the field but also provides a clear documentation and avoids errors and data losses.

In the field, operators will appreciate the extremely comfortable ride. This is a result of not only the individually developed suspension systems for the 9R, 9RT, and 9RX but also the new cab.

John Deere’s exclusive HydraCushion front axle suspension is now available for all 9R Series models, while the new cab features are the same as those introduced on the new 7R and 8R Series tractors launched at Agritechnica 2019.

A group shot of the new John Deere 9R Series tractors

The second-generation ActiveSeat is available with leather trim, heating, active air circulation, massage function, and various adjustable seat settings. A top-quality 6.5in DAB+ touchscreen radio with 6.1 sound system provides state-of-the-art infotainment and is compatible with Apple CarPlay while LED lighting provides excellent visibility.

Thanks to the reduced size of the exhaust after-treatment system and optional cameras, visibility on all sides has been further improved.

Besides their extra performance, automation, and comfort, the new 9R Series tractors have been developed with the aim of maximising reliability and reducing operating costs even further.

Among many other enhancements, the e18 transmission, axles, track drives, and chassis have been significantly reinforced for higher capacity and productivity.

To reduce maintenance effort and cost, many service intervals have been extended. For example, the new fan is now serviced every 5000 hours, the same as the torsional damper.

Reflecting the tractors’ reliability, John Deere has doubled the standard factory warranty to two years or 2000 hours. In addition, the optional PowerGard Protection/Plus warranty extension terms are now even more cost-effective, reaching up to eight years or 8000 hours.

John Deere’s state-of-the-art dealer Connected Support solutions also ensure maximum uptime. With Expert Alerts, potential machine damage can be predicted and the likelihood of expensive repairs can be reduced or completely avoided, as well as any unplanned downtime.  

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