New 2022 John Deere 9 Series Tractors touch down in Australia

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The first fleet of John Deere 2022 9 Series tractors are set to hit the Australian market.

The 2022 range of John Deere 9 Series Tractors are set to touch down in Australia and have been strengthed to account for the boost in horsepower

The new models were announced back in March as part of John Deere’s biggest new product release in a decade but aren't expected to touch down in Australia until the end of this year. 

However, a group of brothers working in the West Wyalong region of New South Wales could become the country’s first new owners of the new 9 Series tractors after they ordered two 9R 590 models.

Cropping contractors Sam, Chris and David Haworth have already put the new 9 Series to use, testing the machine when sowing wheat for a client as part of a demo of the 9R 520 organised by the local John Deere dealer.

Working across more than 25,000 hectares, the brothers were impressed with the extra horsepower in the 9R 520 – delivered by the John Deere PowerTech PSS 13.6L engine and the machine’s connectivity with the John Deere 1890 Disc Seeder.

"For this purchase, we were looking for bigger equipment to cover more hectares, operator comfort and ease of use," Sam says.

"This will complete our fleet and complement the equipment we have, to maximise our efficiency of operation.

"With the extra horsepower and increased frame weight I noticed straight away any wheel slip was greatly reduced, which was an instant improvement.

"This meant I could pull the bar at a more constant speed which markedly improves productivity overall."

The increased horsepower in the 9 Series has been accounted for by an increase to the weight and maximum available ballast on selected models in the 9R and 9RX from 27,200kg to 30,300kg.

Other upgrades and tweaks have also been made, including the strengthening of several undercarriage components, including the axle and front-frame across the 9R and four-track 9RX models.

An additional 50 extra horsepower into high hydraulic demand applications can also be available in the 9R 590 tractor with hydraulic Intelligent Power Management (IPM).

All 9 Series tractors are fitted from the factory with JDLink connectvitiy as well as Generation 4 CommandCentre display, AutoTrac guidance and free access to the John Deere Operations Centre.

The brothers’ contracting company – AgTrac Services – operate a full fleet of John Deere equipment, including four 9470R tractors among others, which are put through their paces throughout central NSW in the production of canola, wheat, barley, chickpeas and faba bean.

Sam Haworth, says that given the size of their operation and number of machines, the John Deere Operations Centre has been integrall to their operations.

"The John Deere Operations Centre is very important to our business," Sam says.

"Overall, it helps us keep a gauge on productivity and efficiency, and it makes it really easy to see straight away where everyone is at in the paddock.

"With our bigger machinery we will be able to cover more hectares with less equipment and the ease-of-use in our new 9 Series will also assist with training."

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