While global player John Deere and German manufacturer Horsch are believed to be well down the track with autonomous field robots, it looks like Dutch start-up company AgXeed will be the first to enter series production with the aptly named AgBot.
Having already achieved a best ever DLG PowerMix transport test result in 2018 with the 6250R, and still holding that record, the new 7R330 – with a new Stage V engine – has set the benchmark for all tractors rated at 250hp or more.
Delivering a combined fuel consumption of only 375g/kWh diesel and 17g/kWh DEF, the tractor delivered an 8g/kWh diesel plus 28g/kWh DEF advantage over the next best competitor in this horsepower class. Depending on local fuel and DEF pricing, the result is said to equate to hourly savings of 1.5 to more than 2 Euros in transport applications.
Launched at Agritechnica 2019, the 7R330 tractor delivers a maximum power rating of 373hp with IPM and an advantageous power to weight ratio of only 30kg/hp.
This has a further positive impact on performance, acceleration and fuel consumption.
Available since 2017, the 6R Series flagship 6250R tractor provides up to 300hp – thanks to an engine boost of 50hp with intelligent power management (IPM), alongside a maximum permissible weight that allows a 5.7t payload.
Both tractors undertook PowerMix test at the DLG test centre in Groß-Umstadt, Germany, where the individual test cycles are designed to replicate typical heavy and light transport work.