John Deere 8R/8RT tractor updates and precision ag products launch
John Deere 8R/8RT tractors receive MY19 updates to boost productivity, operator comfort, control and fuel capacity
John Deere has unveiled a raft of updates to its 8R and
8RT tractors for the 2019 model year. The new updates will focus on productivity, operator comfort, control, and increased fuel capacity.
“For the 2019 model year tractors, we’re making the Premium CommandView III cab with cab suspension standard on all
8RT Series tractors,” says Tiffany Turner, John Deere’s large tractor product marketing manager. “Coupled with the proven AirCushion suspension system, which is well known to improve field ride, the new cab suspension helps ensure operators will experience the most comfortable ride possible in a two-track tractor.”
A steering circuit change and recalibrated steering sensitivity are other new additions to the 8R and 8RT tractors. All 8RT Series tractors will get a new steering pump, changes to the loopoverride circuit, and new in-cab steering sensitivity adjustment.
“These changes greatly improve steering response and authority on 8RT Series tractors, when working in heavy draft, soft field conditions and in obstacle avoidance manoeuvres,” Turner says. “Combined, they give the John Deere 8RT the ability to turn under load like no other two-track tractor in the industry.”
A factory-installed Gen 4 CommandCenter 18-1 software update is also included as base equipment on new 8R and
The 8R/8RT series tractors come with two engine choices: the John Deere PowerTech nine-litre engine (Tier 2) or the PowerTech PSS nine-litre Final Tier 4 engine.
Both the 2019 8RT Series tractors feature a redesigned fuel tank and a six per cent increase in fuel capacity (803 litres).
For wheeled 8R tractors, the independent-link suspension
(ILS) front axle has been updated for improved reliability and serviceability.
“The design features a wider upper pivot A-arm lug for greater strength and reliability,” Turner says. “We also added guards to the suspension position sensor to protect it from debris and improved wire harness routing to eliminate failures in flex regions.”
A time-saving battery disconnect switch will be standard equipment starting with the 8R/8RT Series tractors. This switch allows operators to disconnect battery power to the entire tractor without having to disconnect battery cables.
The Premium CommandView III cab with cab suspension will become standard on all 8RT Series tractors for MY2019