John Deere unleashes new X Series combines

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Set to arrive in 2021, the two new models are “specifically designed for large-acre farmers who need more harvesting capacity,” Deere says.

Demonstration units of the new combine harvesters are expected to hit Australian shores in late 2021

John Deere has added to its S700 series of combine harvesters with a new combine harvester range designed specifically for big properties.

Deere says the new X9 1000 and X9 1100 will complement the existing models by helping large-scale farmers to thresh, separate and clean more grain every hour, even under changing conditions.

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John Deere Tactical Segment Manager Marko Koelln says the X9 Harvester model will adjust automatically to handle damp or dry straw, making threshing and separating easier without the operator needing to adjust harvester settings.

"At the heart of the new combine is the X Series Dual Separator (XDS) with the largest threshing and separation areas Deere has ever offered," Koelln says.

"Crop in the XDS is threshed and separated during nine revolutions, resulting in less grain loss and increased harvesting capacity."

To handle this, the X Series harvesters have a wide feeder house, dual separator, and the 7 square metre Dyna-Flo XL cleaning shoe, which Deere says is the industry’s largest, with 36 per cent more cleaning area than the S790 harvester.

On top of this, Koelln says the X Series models use 20 per cent less fuel per tonne than the S790, running up to 14 hours without refuelling, thanks to a John Deere PowerTech 13.6L engine and updated ProDrive XL Transmission.

Available on either wheels or tracks, the X9 1000 grain tank can hold up to 14,800L, while the X9 1100 holds up to 16,200L – 5 per cent and 15 per cent more than the S790 respectively.

Folding unloading augers with adjustable spout are available for the X Series in 7.9m, 8.7m or 9.4m lengths.

Deere says the new X Series will provide greater harvesting capacity for high-yielding crops.

Precision Agriculture offer

The X Series Combine Harvesters are available with integrated precision ag technologies that collect important machine and yield data while helping to improve harvesting results.

Available as standard are the JDLink connection system and an integrated StarFire 6000 Receiver, which will boot up more quickly as it requires no calibration of the Terrain Compensation Module (TCM).

Deere’s Premium package offers Active Terrain Adjustment and the Premium 3.0 Activation with AutoTrac RowSense, section control and in-field data sharing, while the Ultimate package includes Deere’s Combine Advisor technology package with ActiveVision camera technology and auto maintain.

"Industry-leading harvest solutions such as the Combine Advisor package optimise and automate main harvester functions when conditions change, increase fuel efficiency and give greater ground coverage to shorten the harvest window," Koelln says.

All X Series Combine Harvesters can connect to the John Deere Operations Centre, a cloud-based, central location where farmers can electronically share machine or operational information with trusted partners and advisors.

The harvesters also have more USB ports and more storage space, with an optional touchscreen radio available for use with a smart phone.

Koelln says he is excited to see how the new models can meet the needs of Australian grain growers.

"We expect to see a couple of demonstration units on the ground in late 2021, when we’ll also start taking orders for deliveries the following year, he says.

"We’re also looking forward to making further announcements around our range of headers to suit both the X9 and the S700 Series very shortly."

X Series Combine Harvesters are available on wheels or tracks with Control Traffic Farming configurations.

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