Deere brings 9500 SPFH harvester to Australia

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John Deere is set to launch a new harvester in Australia this month, while adjusting other models in the range

John Deere will launch the 9500 SPFH (self propelled forage harvester) for Australian farmers this month, coinciding with the manufacturer’s 9000 Series celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The 9500’s addition forms part of a redefined lineup that also features the reintroduction of the 9600 and new horsepower levels and engine for the 9700.

Deere has also increased the horsepower of the 8200 via an engine upgrade.

The 9500 self-propelled forage harvester has been launched in Australia

"Farmers and contractors demand durable high-capacity forage harvesters that consistently deliver maximum throughput to make the most of peak harvest windows," Deere’s Australian production system manager Stephanie Gersekowski says.

"The new 9500 is one of three models offering increased power and throughput in 2023, delivered through John Deere’s new JD18X engine which reduces revolutions per minute (RPM), while decreasing fuel and oil usage to drive further efficiency gains during operation."

The new 9500 – plus the 9600 and 9700 – are fitted with the manufacturer’s HarvestMotion Plus, a feature which Deere says synchronises engine speed with crop flow and power needs to maintain consistent crop throughput at low RPMs.

Gersekowski says this will deliver 10 per cent more productivity and 10 per cent less fuel usage per tonne harvested.

Other additions across the 9000 Series include redefined model fronts and a new spout design.

"The spout has a longer, optimised contour to create increased visibility and more service openings, making the machine easier to service to help farmers and contractors maximise their machinery uptime," Gersekowski says.

The range is also designed to have the latest in John Deere’s technology available.

"HarvestLab 3000, and precision guidance technology, Autotrac, all seamlessly integrate with John Deere’s forage harvesters," Gersekowski says.

"In July last year, John Deere made the digital ecosystem more accessible to Australian farmers by removing all on-going costs for JDLink.

"We are seeing, now, more than ever, Australian farmers using this tool for the collection of agronomic and machine data to power efficient, profitable and environmentally sustainable improvements for their business."

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