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

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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

8RT trac­tors.

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

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