John Deere releases its largest air cart

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John Deere has launched the C850 air cart, which is 55 per cent larger than the company’s previous models.


The company says the new cart’s carrying capacity of 850 bushels provides an ideal match between cart capacity and in-field performance when paired with 9R series tractors and John Deere’s air drills.

John Deere seeding product marketing manager Ryan Hough says anyone looking to purchase a C850 can expect reduced cost of operation and enhanced uptime.

"Producers will see industry-leading total product delivery from AirPower 2 – standard equipment on the C850," he says.

"Integrated tank scales are included and a five-pivot hydraulic wireless conveyance is capable of delivering 100 bushels (3,524 litres) per minute to fill all tanks from a single positioning of the cart and truck.

"Every additional bushel of capacity to each tank was considered to ensure the splits were right, allowing more time for seeding."

Hough adds that the C850’s features allow producers to seed almost 70ha, while avoiding soil compaction and decreased flotation brought on by less-than-optimal tank splits.

"The John Deere solution delivers greater uptime and requires less horsepower," he says.

"The C850 is able to seed a comparable number of hectares to carts nearly 100 bushels larger without carrying the added weight of unused product that can result in increased soil compaction and decreased flotation.

The C850 is compatible with the 76ft (23.2m) John Deere 1870 Air Hoe Drill; and 50 and 60ft (15.2m and 18.2m) 1890 no-till air drills.

The new air cart can also be equipped with additional features that include AirPower 2, ActiveCal, Section Command and Hydraulic Wireless Conveyance.

"These options help producers finish more work in less time," Hough says.

For those who want to calibrate from the tractor cab, ActiveCal allows in-field calibration while seeding.

Lids are flush across the top and when opened, slide along the contour of the tank to remain out of the way while filling.

Hough says this prevents the cart’s lids from blowing closed in the wind or from blocking conveyor access to the tank opening.

"These are small details, but are important when making the most of refill time," he says.

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