John Deere beefs up grain harvesters for 2016

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Agriculture equipment giant John Deere has released enhancements to its grain harvesting equipment lineup for 2016.

John Deere is adding performance-boosting 600C Series Corn Heads and 600F HydraFlex™ Draper Platforms to its grain harvesting lineup in 2016.

The company will also introduce a new 12-row folding corn head.

Marketing manager Jon Gilbeck says the  updates are some of the most extensive to John Deere harvesting products since the introduction of the S-Series Combines years ago.

"We are constantly listening to our customers and looking for ways to boost their grain harvesting productivity," Gilbeck says.

"This includes enhancements to the different headers and platforms in the lineup."

 

New headers and platforms

John Deere will expand its lineup of 600C Series corn heads and update its 600F HydraFlex Draper platforms.

In addition the company says it will offer a folding 12-row corn head (612FC model) for the first time.

"The 612FC can provide productivity of up to 30 acres more per day versus harvesting with a traditional eight row corn head," Gilbeck claims.

"It also delivers six more acres per day versus a traditional 12-row while reducing operating costs by 15 per cent."

"All 600C corn heads will be equipped with an improved row unit slip clutch and drive shaft interface for longer life when harvesting today's more robust hybrids."

 

For small grain farmers

Soybean and small grain producers will benefit from many of the features unique to the recently introduced 645FD - as these will be built them into other models of HydraFlex Drapers, including the 630FD, 635FD and 640FD.

 

Features include:

  • New streamlined end dividers that reduce grain loss and crop knock down;
  • A wider centre-feed section that increases material feeding by 15 per cent to better match combine capacity; and
  • 30 per cent stronger reel fingers for greater durability and improved crop pickup.

 

"Along with doubling the life of the reel finger support tube bearings on all HydraFlex Drapers, these improvements will help producers harvest more acres per day with less downtime and lower cost of operation," Gilbeck says.

"Collectively, the changes we made to the corn heads and HydraFlex Drapers provide customers with the most advanced harvesting equipment available."

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