Successful Farming - - MACHINERY - By Natalina Sents, Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ed­i­tor

The lat­est self-pro­pelled windrower from John Deere will make swathing faster and eas­ier for canola farm­ers, the com­pany claims. The new W170 Windrower is com­pat­i­ble with a wide va­ri­ety of draper heads and has been es­pe­cially de­signed to help small-grain cus­tomers tackle heavy crop and hilly con­di­tions.

Cus­tomers can ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence a num­ber of im­prove­ments com­pared with this ma­chine’s pre­de­ces­sor, the John Deere W155.

“Dur­ing bench­mark­ing stud­ies in heavy crop con­di­tions, the W170 Windrower showed an im­pres­sive 20% pro­duc­tiv­ity gain,” says Nick McKelvey, John Deere mar­ket­ing man­ager for windrow­ers.

Some of the pro­duc­tiv­ity gain can be at­trib­uted to more ground clear­ance and wider walk­ing beams. “With 46 inches of ground clear­ance and walk­ing beams now 12 inches wider, tall windrows can flow eas­ily be­neath the ma­chine’s frame, and they are cor­ralled by a new swath com­pres­sor. The swath com­pres­sor forms loose crop into a tight, uni­form windrow, mak­ing it eas­ier for a com­bine to pick up, elim­i­nat­ing the need for a canola roller.”

Equipped with a 4½-liter en­gine, the W170 also has 12% more horse­power than the older W155.

“The en­gine is paired with a higher-ca­pac­ity, vari­able- speed fan that can be re­versed, mak­ing it eas­ier for op­er­a­tors to clean,” a John Deere press state­ment ex­plains.

The trans­port speed of the W170 has been in­creased to 27.3 mph, mak­ing it the fastest in the in­dus­try. This al­lows op­er­a­tors to cut down­time mov­ing be­tween fields and to in­crease time work­ing.


Farm­ers can add the John Deere AutoTrac guid­ance sys­tem to the W170 Windrower for im­proved line ac­qui­si­tion and on­line ac­cu­racy.

“Us­ing AutoTrac, you can harvest more com­fort­ably and more ac­cu­rately. AutoTrac also re­duces op­er­a­tor fa­tigue, saves fuel by re­duc­ing over­lap, and helps you swath more acres in less time,” says McKelvey.

The John Deere web­site ex­plains that the fully in­te­grated AutoTrac Con­troller uses hy­draulics to steer the ma­chine, which pro­vides more pre­cise con­trol than the AutoTrac Uni­ver­sal so­lu­tion.

The AutoTrac kit op­tion can be or­dered from the fac­tory. The hy­draulic kit will be shipped with the ma­chine, but the AutoTrac Con­troller kit and mount­ing kit will ship sep­a­rately.

The W170 is com­pat­i­ble with the GS3 2630 dis­play and the GS2 1800 dis­play.


Seven new John Deere draper headers pro­vide im­proved ac­cess to the end shield and are avail­able in 15- to 45-foot widths.

The larger 30- and 45-foot drap­ers give op­er­a­tors the abil­ity to swath faster in high-yield­ing canola fields due to deeper belts with 30% more ca­pac­ity.

The new draper mod­els are the 1415D, 1420D, 1425D, 1430D, 1435D, 1440D, and 1445D.

At­tach­ing or re­mov­ing the header is easy with sin­gle side hy­draulic hookups.

You can re­duce plug­ging prob­lems by pay­ing at­ten­tion to the belt-slip warn­ing.

One-touch re­turn but­tons can be pro­grammed to sim­plify header height con­trol, tilt, knife speed, and reel op­er­a­tion.


Im­prove­ments to the cab keep op­er­a­tors more com­fort­able dur­ing long days of work.

“A 6-inch-wider cab is qui­eter and more com­fort­able than pre­vi­ous mod­els,” says McKelvey. “Two trim lev­els for the cab are avail­able and in­clude a leather seat and tele­scop­ing steer­ing. For work at night, the new W170 Windrower has eight LED lights that pro­vide out­stand­ing 360° vis­i­bil­ity.”

A smoother ride can be at­trib­uted to the four-point in­de­pen­dent cab sus­pen­sion. Four coil-spring shock ab­sorbers are paired with fore-aft and side-to-side sta­bi­liz­ers to min­i­mize cab roll.

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The W170 is built in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba, Canada. To learn more, visit john­ or talk to your lo­cal dealer.

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