John Deere S700 har­vesters Vim­cor hub-mount tracks

John Deere brings out smarter S700 grain har­vesters

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John Deere has in­tro­duced four new smarter and more com­fort­able S700 com­bines, along with the 700C/FC Se­ries corn heads and 700D drap­ers.

The 2018 model S700 grain har­vesters build on the “proven field per­for­mance of the S600 com­bines in­tro­duced in 2012”, John Deere says.

The on-board au­to­ma­tion on the new mod­els is de­signed to make it eas­ier on the op­er­a­tor by al­low­ing the com­bine to make au­to­matic ad­just­ments on the go.

The new Com­bine Ad­vi­sor pack­age uses seven tech­nolo­gies to help op­er­a­tors set, op­ti­mise and au­to­mate the com­bine based on their crop and field con­di­tions.

One of th­ese, Auto Main­tain, is linked to cam­eras to let the op­er­a­tor view the tail­ings and clean grain el­e­va­tors via the dis­play and an­a­lyse the in­for­ma­tion.

An­other ad­di­tion to the S700 com­bine is Ac­tive Yield tech­nol­ogy that au­to­mat­i­cally cal­i­brates the mass flow sen­sor and elim­i­nates the need for man­ual cal­i­bra­tion.

The cab has a new Com­mandCen­ter, which is de­signed to give a com­mon user ex­pe­ri­ence across Deere’s larger trac­tors and self-pro­pelled sprayers.

In terms of com­fort, you get: ei­ther leather or cloth seats that swivel 7.5 de­grees left and 15 de­grees right; de­cent seat ven­ti­la­tion; an im­proved seat cush­ion; and ad­di­tional mir­rors so you can see the grain tank bet­ter.

Be­ing re­leased along­side the S700 com­bines is the 700C/FC fold­ing corn head. This fea­tures a RowMax row unit that Deere says pro­vides up to a 50 per cent in­crease in the gath­er­ing chains’ life­span, and fea­tures solid-al­loy bush­ings that re­duce pin and bush­ing wear.

The 700C Se­ries Corn Heads are avail­able in 6- to 18-row mod­els, in 20-, 22- and 30-inch row widths. Fold­ing corn heads are avail­able on the 8- and 12-row units.

There are also sev­eral en­hance­ments avail­able for grow­ers har­vest­ing high mois­ture corn, in­clud­ing an auger floor in­sert to ease crop han­dling and a lower auger height to min­imise crop dam­age.

For small grains, the new 700D Rigid Draper pro­vides a 20 per cent in­crease in ca­pac­ity in tough har­vest­ing con­di­tions over the pre­vi­ous model, ac­cord­ing to John Deere.

The 700D fea­tures a top crop auger that is 50 per cent larger in di­am­e­ter (now 457mm) with heavy-duty drives, high­per­for­mance gauge wheels, and a new cen­tre sec­tion seal kit that the com­pany says re­duces cen­tre sec­tion grain losses by up to 45 per cent in canola.

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