John Deere bolsters 6R tractor range

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John Deere’s 6R tractor range places the power in Australian producers’ hands

The John Deere 6R tractor stable has been bolstered to offer Australian livestock producers and hay contractors more choice of horsepower than ever before across its mid-size tractor range, with the addition of new 6R 140, 6R 150, 6R 165 and 6R 185 models.

Available to order now, the new models deliver more horsepower across several frame choices, allowing customers to select the right power to weight ratio for their unique requirements, to maximise the productivity and profitability of their operation.

The 204hp (150kW) 6R 185 with IPM and a C441R baler

John Deere Australia/New Zealand production system manager Stephanie Gersekowski says the 6R tractors’ ability to perform in harsh Australian conditions made them the ideal solution for a diverse range of operations.

"The 6R is the next step up from John Deere’s popular 6M tractor, and provides customers with more power, and more comfort, while the addition of these four models now also offers more choice in each power range," Gersekowski says.

"These new models have been built strong and smart to be a versatile and reliable workhorse and feature increased power capacity on the smaller frame models.

"The Hydraulic Intelligent Power Management (IPM), which now comes as standard on the new models, provides an extra 20 to 40 horsepower for hydraulic applications.

"For example, the 6R 150 and 6R 165 tractors deliver up to 177 and 213 maximum horsepower [132kW and 159kW] in tough operating conditions, such as heavy transport, power takeoff, or hydraulic applications, making them especially suited to hay and livestock operations where machines are used daily."

Gersekowski adds that, with the addition of the new models, producers could select a machine that was ideal for their operations, ensuring they are never under- or overpowered.

"Producers can order these tractors to meet their specifications, resulting in significant efficiency gains and cost savings by matching the machine to the job," she says.

"Manoeuvrability is also a significant factor, with the smaller-framed 6R 150 and 6R 185 offering a highly-nimble machine without comprising on power, ideal for livestock producers working in tight spaces."

Producers will have greater choice of horsepower in the mid-size tractors range

Work with ease

The 6R tractor series can be enhanced with the addition of a new, optional John Deere Loader Technology Package, which has been specifically developed to assist livestock and hay operators to do more work in less time.

"There are many time-consuming, repetitive activities involved in the day-to-day of operating a hay contracting or livestock enterprise, and the Loader Technology Package was developed with those operators front of mind – to achieve greater machine efficiency," Gersekowski says.

"The package includes a reconfigurable loader joystick with an integrated reverser, so operators can set their preferences and easily manage the direction of the tractor at the touch of a button. When equipped with the optional large hydraulic pump, cycle times are improved compared to previous models."

The Loader Technology Package includes a dynamic weighing system (DWS), along with level to horizon (LTH) and return to position (RTP) features. The DWS can weigh loads on the go, as opposed to the tractor needing to be stopped, and also rules out the need for a feeder bin scale.

Using LTH, operators can quickly level an attachment parallel to the ground to avoid spilling material while travelling across uneven ground, while the RTP automatically returns the loader to a predefined boom and bucket position for fast, easy loading of material at repeated heights. This is of particular value for tasks such as loading feed mixers or trailer bins.

The 6R 185 with F310R and R870R mower conditioners

Work with comfort

From the cab, operators will notice the superior level of comfort with improved styling and visibility.

"The cab provides operators with outstanding visibility and a quiet work environment, which is essential for managing fatigue and optimising efficiency," Gersekowski says.

A key change includes the critical machine information displays being moved from the steering column to an easy-to-read digital display that’s now located on the tractor’s cornerpost.

By combining the cab updates with the new cornerpost operators can enjoy high levels of comfort and convenience that can help them operate at peak efficiency and performance in their daily work.

The 140hp (104kW) 6R 140 provides more options in the small-frame class

Work smart

Producers will be able to harness the value of precision ag technology and the John Deere Operations Center to optimise their operation’s performance with 6R tractors arriving equipped with JDLink connectivity and a Gen 4 Display.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand precision agriculture manager Benji Blevin says the Operations Center’s Work Planner tool is particularly well-suited to livestock and hay operators managing larger fleets.

"The John Deere Digital Ecosystem is the ultimate tool in streamlining the workflow in operations such as livestock and hay because there are many more parts to keep track of and manage," Blevin says.

"The Work Planner tool in Operations Center allows producers to push the instructions to the tractor’s in-cab display, and as an operator enters a particular field, a pop-up alerts the operator to the task planned for that field. Ultimately, this helps to reduce set up time in the field by up to 50 per cent, opposed to manually entering the information.

"If you think about that saving applied across a number of fields and a number of operators, it is a huge expense reduction for any business – and it uses technology that is already integrated into the machine at no extra cost."

Blevin says that in addition to using the John Deere Operations Center to streamline daily tasks, it can be used to identify opportunities for improvement within the business.

"Operators can access high-level productivity metrics on a map, including layers that illustrate equipment productivity, fuel usage and historical machine activity in the field," he says.

"The ability to view these metrics clearly on a map allows producers to pick up trends and identify inefficiencies within their operation, enabling them to lift the productivity of their entire fleet – and finish the job faster.

"Seamless and more precisely controlled equipment leads to powerful efficiency gains, which empowers farmers to become more productive, sustainable and profitable."

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