Friday, 15 March 2024 12:55

JD unveils its latest beast

Written by  Mark Daniel
John Deere has unveiled its most powerful tractor ever, with the launch of the all new 9RX Series Tractor line-up. John Deere has unveiled its most powerful tractor ever, with the launch of the all new 9RX Series Tractor line-up.

John Deere has unveiled its most powerful tractor ever, with the launch of the all new 9RX Series Tractor line-up – including three new high-horsepower four-track models.

John Deere Production systems manager Ben Kelly said the 9RX range marked a new era in highpowered performance, to meet the demands of modern farming.

“With shifting weather patterns, labour shortages and growing input costs, the ability to prepare, plant and harvest rapidly and efficiently has never been more important to our customers,” Kelly explains.

The three new 9RX models will be powered by the JD18 engine from John Deere Power Systems. This is a Final Tier 4/Stage V-compliant 18-litre engine that meets emissions requirements using exhaust-gas recirculation technology without the need for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

The 9RX Series is made up of the 9RX 710 (710hp rated/781hp max), the 9RX 913 max770 (770hp rated/847hp max) and the 9RX 830 (830hp rated/913 max) and maximum torque of 4234Nm. The engine is mated to a new e21 close spaced powershift transmission designed to take the increased horsepower. It offers 40km/h with 21F/11 R speeds, with features such as skip shifting to quickly get to operational speeds in the paddock.

A new track system sees bigger drive wheels, more belt wrap and a new third idler wheel. These all combine to deliver a greater tractive footprint. However, despite the machine’s maximum operating weight of over 38 tonnes, it still only exerts a little over 0.6 kg per square cm.

In combination with the new engine, an optional new 635 L/min triple-pump hydraulic system gives farmers the confidence to pull wider and heavier airseeding trains over rolling ground, while still maintaining tractor and fan speed. To help farmers prepare for autonomous operation, each of the new 9RX Series tractors will be equipped with autonomous-ready capabilities. This will allow them to make the switch quickly and easily to fully autonomous operation in the future. Key features of the package includes rear implement ethernet, new visibility features, a back-up alarm, a 330-amp alternator, a brake controller and valve – as well as all the necessary connectors, controllers and harnesses.

The new Command- ViewTM 4 Plus cab offers a 15% increase in floor space alongside a 20% improvement in visibility from the right-hand side, increasing storage capacity and comfort. Meanwhile, a four- post suspension system offers three axis movement and an isolated subframe to protect operators from uneven terrain and noise.

Kelly says the additional floor space and enhanced visibility offered by the 9RX Series means a much more comfortable work environment.

“This includes extra food and drink storage and a clearer view.”

The new models include the G5Plus CommandCenter Display and integrated StarFireTM 7500 receiver. An optional G5 Advanced technology package with SF-RTK offers the ultimate in precision capabilities. This includes AutoTrac Turn Automation for automated headland turns, as well as tools for more precise implement guidance and the automated creation of guidance lines.

The new MY25 highhorsepower 9RX models will be available for order from mid-March for delivery in early 2025.

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