New John Deere forage harvester for 2019 debut

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A more powerful self-propelled forage harvester that still meets road width limits will hit the Australian market next year, John Deere says

New John Deere forage harvester for 2019 debut
The updated John Deere 8600 self-propelled forage harvester now tops the company’s range of standard crop channel models.


John Deere says the new standard channel width self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) it will launch in 2019 will meet market demand for more powerful harvesters with a sub-3m transport width.

The new model, the 8600 SPFH, will top the company’s current range of standard crop channel SPFH models, which currently ranges from the 280kW 8100 to the 430kW 8500.

"Originally launched as the entry level wide body SPFH model in the series, the 8600 will now top the current range of standard crop channel models," the company says.

"Even fitted with large 2.15m 710/75R42 front tyres, all the 8000 Series models remain within the critical road transport width of 3m."

The 8600 SPFH will have a 466 kW 13.5 litre PowerTech engine and will also be available with the new XStream KP kernel processor, designed to handle high throughputs and deliver high kernel processing scores and chopping performance at all cutting lengths.

The processor will be offered as an alternative to John Deere’s premium kernel processor on all models from the 8300 to the 9900, the company says.

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