John Deere joy­stick for 6R range

John Deere plans steer­ing up­grades to 6R range to im­prove per­for­mance and ease of con­trol

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Amulti-func­tion joy­stick, vari­able ra­tio steer­ing and bet­ter hy­draulic pump ca­pa­bil­ity will be in­tro­duced to the 6R range of John Deere trac­tors in the new year.

John Deere says the up­grades to the 6110R, 6120R, 6130R, 6145R, 6155R, 6175R, 6195R, 6215R, 6230R and 6250R mod­els, all be­tween 82 and 186 kilo­watts, will im­prove their per­for­mance and make them eas­ier to con­trol.

Chief among them is the in­tro­duc­tion of the Com­mandPro joy­stick, which lets op­er­a­tors con­trol a trac­tor’s speed and di­rec­tion as well as im­ple­ment­ing func­tions from the same lever.

Con­fig­urable but­tons en­able op­er­a­tors to cus­tomise the con­trol to best fit the job or op­er­a­tor’s pref­er­ence, which then can be saved as pro­files, such as “bal­ing” or “mow­ing”.

John Deere mar­ket­ing man­ager Anne An­der­son says the joy­stick, which has IVT trans­mis­sion, will let the op­er­a­tor spend more time look­ing out the front of the trac­tor and less time look­ing at con­trols and switches.

“It’s a more com­fort­able, less tir­ing way to con­trol and drive the trac­tor,” she says.

The new vari­able ra­tio steer­ing sys­tem is de­signed to help make tight turns eas­ier – re­duc­ing steer­ing wheel ro­ta­tions by one third when trav­el­ling at speeds less than 14km/h.

An­der­son says the trac­tor’s front wheels will turn faster and far­ther with one rev­o­lu­tion of the steer­ing wheel when the sys­tem is ac­ti­vated – which it can be on a John Deere Au­toTrac Ready equipped trac­tor.

“Less steer­ing ef­fort and arm move­ment is re­quired to turn the ma­chine dur­ing loader work or while mak­ing a head­land turn,” she says.

To boost hy­draulic pump ca­pa­bil­ity on the 6145R–6215R, a

155L per minute hy­draulic pump can be added to in­crease front-loader cy­cle times and ca­pac­ity for im­ple­ments.

Other new fea­tures in­clude em­bed­ded telem­at­ics us­ing

JDLink ser­vices, a small ser­vice door to pro­vide easy ac­cess to the engine oil ser­vice area and a 4200 Gen­er­a­tion 4 Com­mandCen­ter Dis­play, now avail­able in the base equip­ment pack­age.

An­der­son says the dis­play has a greater sur­face area for view­ing trac­tor and pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture func­tions, en­abling cus­tomers to track ma­chine lo­ca­tion and hours and an­a­lyse ma­chine and fuel us­age.

“They can set ge­ofence and cur­few alerts, main­te­nance track­ing and other alerts to keep up to date on the sta­tus of ma­chines,” she says.

“The tech­nol­ogy also lets cus­tomers send setup, pre­scrip­tion and doc­u­men­ta­tion files to a ma­chine in the field via Wire­less Data Trans­fer. Cus­tomers get in­creased up­time with proac­tive di­ag­nos­tics. They’re able to make bet­ter de­ci­sions be­cause they’re get­ting timely, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in­for­ma­tion that re­duces the num­ber of trips to the field, which saves them time,” she says.

The changes will ap­ply to both the two- and four-wheel ver­sions of all 6R mod­els, with the up­graded ver­sions able to be or­dered from any John Deere deal­er­ship in Aus­tralia.

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