John Deere announces 2022 upgrades

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More powerful tractors and higher tech seeding equipment is joining John Deere's lineup in 2022

John Deere announces 2022 upgrades
Deere says its new 9 Series Tractors will deliver more power and more technology for Australian farmers


The new John Deere 9 Series and 8 Series tractors will receive a boost in power and technology as the company announces what it says is its biggest release of products in a decade.

John Deere’s ‘future-focused’ announcement will see the 9 Series and 8 Series range benefit from a plethora of new and upgraded systems, as well as added horsepower and updated air seeding tools.

The announcement follows the unveiling of its spraying range and will be available in their 2022 tractor range but can be pre-ordered throughout 2021.

Check out our story on the new John Deere sprayers here

John Deere Australia/New Zealand managing director, Luke Chandler, says the release continues the company’s dedication to providing users with industry-leading equipment.

"We partner with industry to meet the unique needs of our customers and are delighted to come to market with this suite of new products we know will make a real difference for Australian farmers," says Chandler.

"Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, to lead the development of technology that supports farmers in achieving more with less."

9 Series and 8 Series Upgrades

The 2022 9 tractor series, which includes the wheeled 9R model, two-track 9T and four-track 9RX tractors, will see a larger, more comfortable cab added, and will be powered by the new PowerTech 13.6L diesel which offers between 390 to 590 horsepower.

Larger John Deere tractors, such as the 9R 640 and 9RX 640, are powered by a Cummins 15L engine.

In order to accommodate this boost in horsepower, which also offers more lugging ability, several undercarriage, axle, and front-frame components of the 9 Series have been strengthened and improved which in turn have increased the maximum available ballast of the tractors from 27,200kg to 30,300kg.

The 8 Series range, including the 8R, two-track 8RT and four-track 8RX, have been updated based on the existing technology to offer farmers between 230 and 410 horsepower and with multiple transmission options.

Also new across the 8 Series is the addition of the Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS), which allows the operator to adjust tyre pressure as required, from inside the cab. The technology can be utilised on 8R tractors with Independent-Link suspension and can engage either ‘road’ or ‘field’ settings.

The road setting will offer increased pressure and greater fuel efficiency while the field setting will lower tyre pressure and allow for a larger footprint to provide more lug engagement to reduce slip and ground pressure.

In terms of software upgrades, both the 9 Series and 8 Series tractors will be equipped with JDLink connectivity, an integrated StarFire GPS receiver, Generation 4 CommandCenter display, AutoTrac guidance, and free access to John Deere Operations Center.

Updated Air Seeding Tools

The 2022 John Deere line-up features two key upgrades in the air seeding system which will be rolled out across more models this time around.

Namely, the addition of the RelativeFlow Blockage detection system will be included, which helps farmers to not only detect blockages in the seed tube but also ensures accuracy and even distribution of seeds during the seeding process.

John Deere has also reinforced its Pro-Series openers with the addition of new quick change blades which the comapny says cuts the time it takes to change openers by up to 45 per cent.

Improvements have also been made with the TruSet in-cab down force adjustment which makes changing settings easier through the cab’s display and removes the need for manual down force adjustments. This will improve seed to soil contact and also helps operators maximise time in the field.

The 9 Series range can be ordered from late March while the 8 Series and seeding tools will be available to order by mid-2021.

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