Joystick upgrade for John Deere 6Rs

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John Deere plans upgrades to 6R range to improve performance and ease of control

A multi-function joystick, variable ratio steering and better hydraulic pump capability will be introduced to the 6R range of John Deere tractors in the new year.
A multi-function joystick, variable ratio steering and better hydraulic pump capability will be introduced to the 6R range of John Deere tractors in the new year.
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A multi-function joystick, variable ratio steering and better hydraulic pump capability will be introduced to the 6R range of John Deere tractors in the new year.

John Deere says the upgrades to the 6110R, 6120R, 6130R, 6145R, 6155R, 6175R, 6195R, 6215R, 6230R and 6250R models, all between 82 and 186 kilowatts, will improve their performance and make them easier to control.

Chief among them is the introduction of the CommandPro joystick, which lets operators control a tractor’s speed and direction as well as implementing functions from the same lever.

Configurable buttons enable operators to customise the control to best fit the job or operator preference, which then can be saved as profiles, such as "baling" or "mowing."

John Deere marketing manager Anne Anderson says the joystick, which has IVT transmission, will let the operator spend more time looking out the front of the tractor and less time looking at controls and switches.

"It’s a more comfortable, less tiring way to control and drive the tractor," she says.

CommandPro is a customisable, ergonomic joystick that can control tractor speed, acceleration and implement functions.

The new variable ratio steering system is designed to help make tight turns easier – reducing steering wheel rotations by one third when travelling at speeds less than 14km/h.

Anderson says the tractor’s front wheels will turn faster and farther with one revolution of the steering wheel when the system is activated – which it can be on a John Deere AutoTrac Ready equipped tractor.

"Less steering effort and arm movement are required to turn the machine during loader work or while making a headland turn," she says.

To boost hydraulic pump capability on the 6145R–6215R, a 155 L per minute hydraulic pump can be added to increase front-loader cycle times and capacity for implements.

Other new features include embedded telematics using JDLink services, a small service door to provide easy access to the engine-oil service area and a 4200 Generation 4 CommandCenter Display, now available in the base equipment package.

Anderson says the display has a greater surface area for viewing tractor and precision agriculture functions, enabling customers to track machine location and hours and analyse machine and fuel usage.

"They can set geofence and curfew alerts, maintenance tracking and other alerts to keep up to date on the status of machines," she says.

"The technology also lets customers send setup, prescription and documentation files to a machine in the field via Wireless Data Transfer. Customers get increased uptime with proactive diagnostics." "They’re able to make better decisions because they’re getting timely, easily accessible information that reduces the number of trips to the field, which saves them time," she says.

The changes will apply to both the two- and four-wheel versions of all 6R models, with the upgraded versions able to be ordered from any John Deere dealership in Australia.

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