John Deere pulls the covers off new 8RX

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After months of speculation, John Deere has finally unveiled its new fixed-frame four-track tractor, the 8RX.

The newly released John Deere 8RX is coming to Australia
The 8RX 370 is available with a John Deere e23 PowerShift or Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT).

The "industry-first" 8RX tractor is part of John Deere’s revamp of the 8 series for 2020, which also sees a new lineup of 8R wheel tractors and 8RT two-track tractors.

Spied images of the 8RX have been circling the Internet for months, though details of a release date and specification had been slim.

John Deere marketing manager Tammy Lee says the new 8RX tractors offer all the benefits of tracks and provide a driving experience more like a wheel tractor.

"They represent the next leap forward in tractor innovation and have everything customers like about 8R wheel tractors with the addition of four independent tracks and a new fully suspended cab that makes them more comfortable to operate.

"This new machine form delivers unmatched flotation, traction and ride quality."

The new John Deere 8R 410
Seven models of John Deere 8R Wheel Tractors are offered from 230 to 410 horsepower including the 8R 410 shown here

John Deere is offering a wide range of track and axle configurations for the 8RX. Multiple tread-spacing options are available and include 76, 80, 88, or 120-inch (193, 203.2, 223.5, or 304.8-cm) wide front axles.
Three belt widths are also available, which include 18 and 24-inch (45.7 and 60.9-cm) wide front belts, or 18, 24 and 30-inch (45.7-, 60.9- and 76.2-cm) wide rear belts.

"For model year 2020, we made numerous precision ag technology updates that make it easy for customers to remotely monitor and manage tractor and field operations and to enable more timely transfer of prescriptions and data," Lee adds.

The new 8RX, 8RT and 8R tractors will feature an integrated Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter display, StarFire 6000 integrated receiver and AutoTrac™ activation, which comes as standard.

Deere says it’s new StarFire 6000 integrated receiver requires no calibration of the Terrain Compensation Module (TCM), and is more accurate than previous models and is less vulnerable to theft.

John Deere is also offering a full suite of its technology "for the seamless integration of automation, documentation and connectivity through the John Deere Operations Centre".
"This Precision Ag Intelligence package includes JDLink with five years of service, John Deere Connected Support, Expert Alerts, Remote Display Access and Wireless Data Transfer – all backed by the industry’s best dealer network," Lee adds.

In addition, every tractor in the updated 8 series tractors will receive an all-new cab, the biggest ever offered by John Deere. Deere claims an extra five centimetres of headroom and a 24 per cent wider entry path for easier entry and exit.

Inside, the cabin has received an automotive-inspired interior with a new control layout. Customers can choose from three comfort and convenience cab packages, Select, Premium or Ultimate.

Some of the cabin highlights include a new leather seat with electronic adjustment, heating, ventilation and massage features, smartphone integration and a 16.5 cm (6.5 in.) touchscreen and multi-speaker system.

The 8R transmission options

Transmission-wise, the new 8 series range of tractors comes with the choice of three transmission options, the proven 16-speed PST, the e23 PowerShift transmission or John Deere’s IVT transmission.

"The adoption of precision farming techniques in Australia and New Zealand continues to grow," John Deere marketing & sales manager Steve Wright says. "This is why we are so excited for the launch of these tractors – the most advanced we’ve ever released."

Ordering and pricing information will be available in December for model year 2020, with shipments of 8 Family of Tractors expected to begin from May 2020.

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