John Deere expands forage harvester line-up

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Three new high horsepower models have been added to John Deere’s self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) range, bringing the 8000 series’ offering to seven models altogether.

John Deere expands forage harvester line-up
John Deere has added three new mdoels to its 8000 series self-propelled harvester range to offer producers better productivity and a lower operating cost.

The new 8300, 8700 and 8800 models offer 483hp, 755hp and 832hp respectively; and according to John Deere marketing division manager Tim Meister offer forage producers better productivity, and increased fuel efficiency of up to 15 per cent in grass compared to previous models.

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"The three new models make the John Deere SPFH lineup even stronger with the ability to deliver optimal harvesting speed, reliability and forage quality," he says.

All models are powered by Tier 2 engines and can be equipped with HarvestLab – an advanced crop analysis and documentation component that uses constituent sensing to improve forage quality.

Headers for the machines include the John Deere Small Drum Rotary Harvesting units from 6-12 rows; John Deere Large Drum Rotary Harvesting units from 6-10 rows; and the all-new 9 Series Hay Pick-ups. John Deere says all its headers are automatically speed-matched to the length of cut.

 "The new 8000 series models provide value to forage producers in three distinct areas," Meister says.

1. 770 Plus rotary harvesting unit

"The new models feature a new 770 Plus rotary harvesting unit, which reduces stalk and ear losses and improves ability to harvest down corn.

"The units also reduce plugging in weedy conditions."

2. Improved capacity and efficiency

"Improved capacity adds another element to the performance of the new 8000 series," Meister says.

"The channel width is matched to engine horsepower, which customises capacity to customer needs.

"Also included is a new spout design and turning mechanism, which allow for higher speed of operation and increased productivity."

3. Active Fill control

"Another new feature, John Deere Active Fill Control, increases productivity and accuracy in the field," Meister adds.

"This new capability allows for automated filling of trucks and wagons, which results in reduced operator fatigue and crop losses."

Other features of John Deere’s 8000 series SPFH include:

  • DuraDrum cutterhead with reverse sharpening for improved forage processing and nutrient quality.
  • Dual tyre option for reduced soil compaction and better traction.
  • New stone detection system.

The original 8000 series was launched in last year initially offering four models ranging from 380hp to 585hp.

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