Beast un­leashed

New John Deere 9000 Series for­ager range un­veiled in Europe touches 1,000 horse­power, Chris McCullough re­ports

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John Deere’s new 9000 series for­ager range un­veiled

John Deere has un­leashed a new beast to the self-pro­pelled for­age har­vester mar­ket in the form of the 9000 Series, with the largest model touch­ing 1,000 horse­power.

Fol­low­ing in­ten­sive DLG test­ing in high-yield­ing maize fields in north­ern Italy and in Ger­many, John Deere has fi­nally un­wrapped the new 9000 Series of har­vesters.

Dur­ing these tests the new John Deere 9800 self-pro­pelled for­age har­vester demon­strated sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency and has re­ceived of­fi­cial DLG cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The man­u­fac­turer has con­firmed that the new

9000 Series is des­tined for mar­kets in the EU28, plus Canada, United States, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and Ja­pan.

Sources within John Deere have con­firmed that 15 of these new 9000 Series mod­els have al­ready been sold to cus­tomers in Ja­pan and po­ten­tially some to China.

How­ever, be pre­pared to dig deep to buy one as it will take over half a mil­lion eu­ros (A$803,323) to buy the largest 9900 model. As a guide, the ba­sic 9700 model has a price tag at­tached of € 462,000 (A$742,271) with­out any op­tional ex­tras. FEA­TURES

In a nut­shell, the key fea­tures of the four-model 9000 Series in­clude a new V12 Lieb­herr en­gine, new ker­nel pro­ces­sor and head­ers, plus the lat­est pre­ci­sion farm­ing tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the new Har­vestLab 3000 con­stituent-sens­ing sys­tem, with the fo­cus very much on for­age qual­ity.

Us­ing all the mo­men­tum from the pre­vi­ous 8000 Series, John Deere has car­ried this on into the new mod­els: 9600 at 625hp; 9700 at 770hp; 9800 at 870hp; and the 9900 at a mas­sive 970hp.

The man­u­fac­turer claims its lat­est for­age har­vest­ing tech­nol­ogy will in­crease its cus­tomers’ pro­duc­tiv­ity by 10 per cent while at the same time con­sum­ing 10 per cent less fuel, com­pared to John Deere’s cur­rent top-of-the-range ma­chines.

In fact, when mea­sur­ing fuel econ­omy, rates of just 0.46 litres

of diesel used per tonne of maize har­vested were ac­com­plished. How­ever, John Deere stresses that the diesel us­age de­pends on crop yield, soil, and cli­matic con­di­tions.

In ad­di­tion, when it comes to maize silage pro­cess­ing the 9000 Series con­sis­tently de­liv­ers 10 per cent higher ker­nel pro­cess­ing scores. These per­for­mance fig­ures have been ver­i­fied through nu­mer­ous field tests by both John Deere and in­de­pen­dent re­search in­sti­tutes.

In the Ital­ian fields dur­ing har­vest­ing the 9800i model was cut­ting maize at 300 tonnes per hour, trav­el­ling at an av­er­age 7.5km per hour at 1,520 rpm. The maize was av­er­ag­ing just over 60 tonnes per hectare on this par­tic­u­lar field and the har­vester was us­ing a 12-row header.

NEW SEXY LOOK

The for­agers have un­der­gone a fresh, new de­sign with strik­ing el­e­ments in­clud­ing twin ex­hausts. At the heart of the three big­gest mod­els, the 9700, 9800, and 9900, is a pow­er­ful 24.2-litre V12 Lieb­herr en­gine; while the 9600 is pow­ered by a John Deere six-cylin­der PSX 13.5-litre en­gine.

This Lieb­herr high-per­for­mance power unit is de­signed to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently at lower en­gine speeds. Be­neath 1,400rpm it still pro­vides out­stand­ing torque ca­pac­ity and copes eas­ily with peak loads, says John Deere.

This fea­ture com­bines with sev­eral other ef­fi­cien­cyen­hanc­ing de­vel­op­ments, such as op­ti­mised com­po­nent speeds at low en­gine rpm, and forms the ba­sis of John Deere’s new Har­vestMo­tion con­cept, which sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases through­put and en­ables in­dus­try-lead­ing fuel econ­omy.

The large crop chan­nel width of 850mm is tai­lored to han­dle the tremen­dous through­put of these ma­chines, to en­sure the best pos­si­ble for­age qual­ity and chop­ping ef­fi­ciency.

Due to the higher en­gine horse­power, these new for­agers fea­ture a re­in­forced driv­e­train and im­proved main­frame. The

proven Du­raDrum cut­ter­head is also de­signed for han­dling mas­sive crop flows in­de­pen­dent of the se­lected length of cut.

EX­TENDED RANGE

John Deere has ex­tended its range of ker­nel pro­ces­sors by in­tro­duc­ing the XStream KP model. This high-per­for­mance pro­ces­sor has been de­vel­oped to­gether with the US based com­pany Scherer, a leader in ker­nel pro­ces­sor tech­nol­ogy.

It is per­fectly matched to the high-per­for­mance en­gine, pro­vid­ing a large roll di­am­e­ter of 250mm and 50 per cent roll speed dif­fer­en­tial, thus in­creas­ing pro­cess­ing in­ten­sity by 10 per cent at all cut­ting lengths.

Ker­nel pro­ces­sor rolls are avail­able with a stan­dard saw­tooth de­sign on the pre­mium KP unit, and ei­ther the saw­tooth or a new XCut de­sign on the XStream KP, which fea­tures a spi­ral cut groove across the roll sur­face.

Both roll de­signs are also avail­able with the proven Dura

Line heavy-duty coat­ing for in­creased dura­bil­ity.

An­other high­light of the new XStream KP is the built-in tem­per­a­ture mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, which keeps the op­er­a­tor in­formed about the KP bear­ing tem­per­a­ture in order to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary ma­chine down­time. As with the 8000 Series for­agers, the ker­nel pro­ces­sor can be re­moved in just five min­utes for quick changes be­tween maize and grass.

NEW TECH­NOL­OGY

The new 9000 Series self-pro­pelled for­age har­vesters are avail­able with John Deere’s com­plete range of AMS pre­ci­sion farm­ing sys­tems, for im­proved op­er­a­tor com­fort and cut­ting qual­ity.

These in­clude:

• The new Har­vestLab 3000 NIR (near in­frared) sen­sor – view and doc­u­ment real-time mea­sure­ments of crop yield, mois­ture, and other con­stituents such as pro­tein, starch, fi­bre, etc., as to­tals or in con­ve­nient site-spe­cific maps

• Har­vestLab 3000 also en­ables Au­toLOC au­to­matic length-of­cut set­tings and silage ad­di­tive dos­ing on the move, based on dry mat­ter con­tent

• The same sen­sor sys­tem can be used in sta­tion­ary mode for analysing clamp silage in order to man­age feed ra­tions more ac­cu­rately, and for analysing the con­stituents in ma­nure (e.g., N, NH4, P and K) when op­er­at­ing a slurry tanker

• Au­toTrac au­to­matic steer­ing

• RowSense feeler guid­ance al­lows the for­ager to au­to­mat­i­cally fol­low maize rows

• Ac­tive fill con­trol for au­to­matic fill­ing of trail­ers

• The MyJohnDeere Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre web por­tal for ac­tive fleet man­age­ment and dis­play­ing ma­chine and har­vest data.

1. At the heart of the three big­gest mod­els, the 9700, 9800 and 9900, is a pow­er­ful 24.2-litre V12 Lieb­herr en­gine2. The for­agers have un­der­gone a fresh, new de­sign with strik­ing el­e­ments in­clud­ing twin ex­hausts3/4. When it comes to maize silage pro­cess­ing the 9000 Series con­sis­tently de­liv­ers 10 per cent higher ker­nel pro­cess­ing scores than other John Deere mod­els5. In the Ital­ian fields dur­ing har­vest­ing the 9800i model was cut­ting maize at 300 tonnes per hour trav­el­ling at an av­er­age 7.5km per hour at 1,520 rpm

Ker­nel pro­ces­sor rolls are avail­able with a stan­dard saw­tooth de­sign on the pre­mium KP unit

The proven Du­raDrum cut­ter­head is also de­signed for han­dling mas­sive crop flows in­de­pen­dent of the se­lected length of cut

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