John Deere 8R/8RT tractors receive MY19 updates

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John Deere has announced numerous updates for its 8R and 8RT tractors for the 2019 model year

Model year 2019 8R/8RT Tractors are currently available to order from your local John Deere dealer
Model year 2019 8R/8RT Tractors are currently available to order from your local John Deere dealer

The new updates will focus on productivity, operator comfort, control and increased fuel capacity.

COMFORT

"For the 2019 model year tractors, we’re making the Premium CommandView III cab with cab suspension standard on all 8RT Series tractors," John Deere large tractor product marketing manager Tiffany Turner says.

"Coupled with the proven AirCushion suspension system, which is well known to improve field ride, the new cab suspension helps ensure operators will experience the most comfortable ride possible in a two-track tractor."

CONTROL

A steering circuit change and recalibrated steering sensitivity are other new additions to the 8R and 8RT tractors. All 8RT Series tractors will get a new steering pump, changes to the loop-override circuit and new and in-cab steering sensitivity adjustment.

"These changes greatly improve steering response and authority on 8RT Series tractors, when working in heavy draft, soft field conditions and in obstacle avoidance manoeuvres," Turner says.

"Combined, they give the John Deere 8RT the ability to turn under load like no other two-track tractor in the industry."

A factory-installed Gen 4 CommandCenter 18-1 software update is also included as base equipment on new 8R and 8RT Tractors.

MY19 productivity-enhancing updates to 8R and 8RT Tractors include operator comfort, control and increased fuel capacity.
MY19 productivity-enhancing updates to 8R and 8RT Tractors include operator comfort, control and increased fuel capacity.

FUEL/PRODUCTIVITY

The 8R/8RT series tractors come with two engine choices; the John Deere PowerTech 9.0-litre engine (Tier 2) or the PowerTech PSS 9.0-litre Final Tier 4 engine.

Both the 2019 8RT Series tractors feature a redesigned fuel tank and a 6 per cent increase in fuel capacity (803 litres).

For wheeled 8R tractors, the independent-link suspension (ILS) front axle has been updated for improved reliability and serviceability.

"The design features a wider upper pivot A-arm lug for greater strength and reliability," Turner says. "We also added guards to the suspension position sensor to protect it from debris and improved wire harness routing to eliminate failures in flex regions."

A time-saving battery disconnect switch will be standard equipment starting with the 8R/8RT Series tractors. This switch allows operators to disconnect battery power to the entire tractor without having to disconnect battery cables.

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