John Deere to launch more powerful forage harvester
John Deere says the standard channel width self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) it will launch in 2019 will meet market demand for more powerful harvesters with a sub-3m transport width.
The new model, the 8600 SPFH, will top the company’s current range of standard crop channel SPFH models, which currently ranges from the 280kW 8100 to the
“Due to producer demand for higher horsepower in standard cutterhead machines, the 8600 has been re-introduced as a standard cutterhead machine in the model year 2019 8000 Series SPFH lineup,” John Deere says.
“Even fitted with large 2.15m 710/75R42 front tyres, all the 8000 Series models remain within the critical road transport width of 3m.”
Previous models of the 8600 SPFH were wide cutterhead machines, before being replaced by the 9600 wide body
SPFH earlier this year.
The 8600 SPFH will have a 466 kW 13.5-litre PowerTech engine and will also be available with the new XStream KP kernel processor, designed to handle high throughputs and deliver high kernel processing scores and chopping performance at all cutting lengths.
The processor will be offered as an alternative to John Deere’s premium kernel processor on all models from the 8300 to the 9900, the company says.
The new 8600 self-propelled forage harvester has been designed for higher power within the 3m road transport width