John Deere has recently introduced several new machines including the 60 Series combines, the 7020 Series tractors, the 4920 Self-propelled Sprayer, hay, forage and seeding equipment, and the 7460 Cotton Stripper.

60 Series combines

For nearly 60 years, John Deere self-propelled combines have been reliable workhorses in harvesting crops throughout North America. Now, Deere is introducing the new superpowers of harvesting: the John Deere 60 Series combines. These efficient machines have been enhanced to bring performance, technology, and outstanding value to growers for even more productive use in the field.

“The new lineup of high-capacity 60 Series harvesters includes STS, Walker, and CTGS combines,” says Ron Moron, product information manger, John Deere Harvester Works. “And two new models have been added to the STS lineup; a 9560 STS, 265-hp combine — a mid-sized, Class V machine with an STS configuration; and a 9860, 375-hp Class VIII combine — the largest, most productive harvester John Deere has ever built.”

The feature enhancements begin up-front with the new 60 Series combines. A new fore/aft tilt-frame feederhouse is standard on all machines — except the Sidehill combine. The 17-degree fore-aft-tilt-angle allows for proper positioning of the platform and insures that the cutter bar runs parallel to the ground for all tire sizes.

Proper positioning of the cutterbar prevents knife guards from bulldozing or the platform from skidding on its rear frame. A simple draw bolt adjustment on the feederhouse is quick and easy and the pivot point is located in the center of the tilt frame for a proper angle to maximize the feeding of crop into the feederhouse throat.

The new 60 Series combines are powered by 6.8L, 8.1L or 12.5L John Deere PowerTech engines. The engines are designed with a power bulge feature to get extra torque and power when harvesting through tough conditions.

They also feature an unloading power boost to gain an additional surge in power when unloading on-the-go to maintain ground speed and threshing capacity. Operators will get extra power and productivity when needed because of the power bulge and power boost features designed into the PowerTech engines.

“The new combines also feature a heavy-duty variable-drive feederhouse with greater capacity than previous models,” says Moron. “Upper-variable-drive and lower-reverser-gear-case sheaves are now 50 mm larger in diameter. They provide more drive belt surface contact, which increases drive capacity and reduces friction heat. It is especially valuable when running 8- or 12-row cornheads at higher ground speeds.”

This feature is standard on corn 9760 STS and 9860 STS combines and an option on all other 60 Series machines.

“Material handling and threshing performance on all STS combines has been enhanced because of a new, wider right-hand radius profile on the concave,” Moron says. “The increased right-hand threshing width promotes faster, smoother crop flow with more complete threshing. The wider concave radius also helps to reduce overall power consumption in high-volume, tough material handling crop conditions.”

Adding to the productivity of the 9760 STS and the 9860 STS is a new high capacity unloading system. Delivering a 150 percent increase in the unloading rate versus previous models, the high-capacity system unloads at 3.3 bushels per second, the fastest unloading rate of any combine produced today. The high-capacity unloading system is standard equipment on the 9860 STS and optional on the 9760 STS.

To assist the operator in adjusting the combine for various crops and conditions, a new TouchSet automatic combine adjustment is available on the new 60 Series STS combines. All required separator crop settings, including the all-new remote shoe adjustment, can be adjusted with the touch of a button in the cab.

“TouchSet hydraulics are standard on all STS combines. This advanced hydraulic system uses an independent control valve to enable the operator to have infinite variable control over the feederhouse and header raise-and-lower rates. Two control knobs under the armrest console provide convenient operation and the header can be raised manually or automatically.”

A new moisture sensor is available for all new 60 Series combines. The GreenStar Harvest Monitor system includes a new state-of-the-art moisture sensor located at the top of the clean grain elevator in the grain tank. The new moisture sensor has a faster grain fill time and provides faster, more accurate moisture readings. New software has been designed for the improved moisture sensor.

600 Series platforms

The John Deere 60 Series combines have already set new standards of productivity, and now with the introduction of the new 600 Series platforms, this already exceptional performance will be greatly enhanced.

“The new high-performance cutting platforms deliver increased productivity through the use of innovative engineering, advanced technology and quality manufacturing,” Moron says.

“They are specifically designed to better utilize the capacity of the 60 Series combines — the end result is the most productive header/separator combination ever built by John Deere.

All 600 Series platforms are now true-width configurations. — the model designation represents the platform cutterbar's true cutting width. If you buy a 620 HydraFlex Platform, you know it will cut the crop in a 20-foot swath.

All 600 Series Flex Platforms feature the new HydraFlex float system. This efficient, hydraulic float system allows the cutterbar to maintain a consistent cutting height regardless of ground conditions. This facilitates higher ground speeds compared with conventional, mechanical float systems.

New segmented skid shoes are now available on the flex platforms. They allow greater flexibility of the cutterbar to reduce field losses in down or tangled crops, and help maintain ground contact better than any other flex platform in the industry.

There is also a new header height sensing system for rigid platforms. The new mechanical header height sensing system for 600 Rigid Platforms is a major improvement for rigid platform operation. This system automatically maintains a consistent cut height from 4- to 14-inches over uneven field terrain.

Cutting capacity has also been improved on the 600 Series Platforms.

7020 tractors

Deere has also introduced three new models of 7020 tractors designed with new styling, cabs, frames, and engines for greater productivity, reliability and value. The tractors are the 7720 rated at 140 PTO hp, the 7820 at 155-hp and the 7920 which features 170-hp.

“These three new models feature the advanced technology to attain unsurpassed all-purpose farming productivity in today's increasingly competitive agricultural markets,” says Don Worner, division marketing manager, John Deere Wasterloo Works.

There are several transmission options available on the new 7020 tractors, and all transmissions feature a left-hand reverser control for maximum productivity.

“All tractors can be ordered with the deluxe Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). It is an option on the 7720 and 7820 tractors, and is standard on the 7920 tractor. IVT set new standards of productivity on the 7010 Series tractors and it will now be available on all 7020 Series tractors,” Worner says.

Extensive research and development has gone into the design of the new CommandView Cab on the 7020 Series tractors. The new cab offers improved visibility, comfort, and room for the operator. “The new cab has 20 percent more interior space than previous models, and all controls are color-coded for easy access and operation,” Worner says.

The chassis of the 7020 tractors has been redesigned for increased strength and reliability. The sculptured frame design allows the front wheels to tuck under the tractor for a dramatically improved turning radius at narrow tread settings. The increased chassis and wheelbase length provides more stability and improved ride while accommodating a 10 percent increase in on-board fuel capacity for longer days in the field before refueling.

7460 cotton stripper

Growers of large-acreage cotton will appreciate the increased productivity, capacity, and operator comfort in the new John Deere 7460 Cotton Stripper. Everything from engine horsepower, a new eight-row modular head, airflow, fuel capacity, basket capacity, and dump cycles have been improved to make the 7460 the most productive cotton stripper John Deere has ever built.

The eight-row head has double flighting on the cross auger to provide smooth feeding of harvested cotton and to process higher volumes of crop as it enters the stripper. It is also extremely versatile and can adjust to most row spacings or configurations. When raising the header, more clearance has been designed into the unit to help prevent damage.

Response rate, header height, and row unit height can be conveniently adjusted on-the-go from the cab. Simple buttons are used to raise and lower the unit, and the old levers and mechanical linkages have all been replaced with state-of-the-art electronic controls.

Row-Trak Guidance is also available on the new head. With this system, the operator will automatically stay on the row without constant steering adjustments. Simply line-up the stripper with the rows, hit the Row-Trak Guidance switch, and the system will take over, steering the stripper and keeping it on the row.

The engine is designed with electronic-throttle control for smooth operation, and a 180-amp alternator handles new lighting and other electronic functions. Daily maintenance is user friendly and the engine compartment is located at eye-level.

Operators will also appreciate the new, larger 120-gallon fuel tank. It stores enough fuel to keep the machine working in the field all day, and the fuel fill is at ground level for ease and convenience.

The all-new air system maximizes the harvest and cleaning of cotton. Airflow has been increased 20 percent to insure plenty of capacity for handling the cotton. State-of the-art aerodynamics testing was conducted to design this extremely efficient system. In-cab fan controls allow for convenient adjustment and monitoring.

The new separator on the 7460 reduces the amount of green bolls and rocks entering the cleaner. This increases the life of the saws and puts fewer green bolls in the basket, which saves money through reduced ginning costs.

Cleaning capacity is also enhanced because of new finger grates that are six inches wider. This design facilitates the use of all 60-inches of the on-board field cleaner.

Other cleaner improvements allow faster field speeds, with less plugging, and reduced maintenance time. A new lower saw reclamation brush on the lower saw drum grabs cotton before it falls out of the cleaner and guides it to the basket. This puts more cotton in the basket and less in the burr trail, which improves turnout.

4920 sprayer

Building off the platform of the popular 4710 sprayer, John Deere now introduces the new 4920 Self-Propelled Sprayer for growers and custom applicators.

With a new 120-foot spray boom, 300-hp engine, 1,200-gallon solution tank and 20-mph top spray speed, the 4920 sprayer brings exceptional performance to the field. The increased capacity and productivity of the new sprayer takes John Deere into all major post-application markets throughout North America.

The triangular design of the new boom features round tubing and laser-cut support pieces for consistent fabrication and the strongest welds. The 120-foot boom will be the only option for the 2004 spraying season. Future boom sizes will include 90-and 100-foot models, but will not be available until 2005.

The unique triangular design of the boom allows for infinite nozzle-tip spacing and nozzle-tip protection while spraying in the field. Visibility from the cab is exceptional and, when traveling from field to field, the boom sits snuggly in a transport cradle.

Drawbar hitch

If you're a producer with a 9000 Series “bareback” tractor or any tractor without a two-point hitch, then John Deere's new factory-installed optional drawbar hitch is designed for you.

The optional drawbar hitch has been developed for use with 177ONT, 16-row, 30-inch; 177ONT CCS 16-row, 30-inch and 1790 planters. This drawbar hitch is the economical choice instead of adding a two-point hitch to the tractor.

Producers can now take advantage of more time-saving options for seeding wheat, sorghum, and soybeans through the introduction of the 70-bushel single-tank Central Commodity System (CCS) no-till air drill with new working widths.

The 1690CCS is available in 30-foot and 35-foot models, and the 1890 CCS offers producers 30-foot and 36-foot seeding options. For the 1690CCS and 1890CCS models, the 70-bushel single-compartment hopper is matched to the new smaller working widths, giving customers the ability to seed large acres while carrying all the seed on the air-drill mainframe.

DB90 planter

For growers who have high-productivity requirements, harvest in a 12-row, 30-inch configuration, and need to seed more acres in less time, John Deere introduces the new DB90, 36-row, 30-inch spaced planter.

The DB90 planter is a front-fold, five-section, flex-frame planter with John Deere MaxEmerge Plus row units. It features a new Bauer Built Manufacturing frame design, new hydraulic system, and new row markers. These enhancements allow for a narrow transport width, narrow folder marker profile to allow planting close to fences, and overall planter productivity and reliability.

177ONT planter

And adding to the already extensive line-up of seeding equipment, John Deere introduces the most productive 24 row 30-inch-spaced planter in it's history, the new 177ONT CCS front-fold planter.

Designed with a new frame, new hydraulics, new drive system, and new markers, this planter offers more value and covers more acres in less time than any other 24-row planter on the market.

The planter has been re-designed with a new, stronger frame to handle the toughest conditions. It is a 3-section flexible frame with a new vertical truss design. A massive 16- × 8-inch telescoping hitch improves maneuverability and adds strength to the planter.