During April we held a series of demonstration events at Crystal Brook and across the Eyre Peninsula to display the features of the John Deere tractor range. These events allowed farmers to have hands-on experience of the new John Deere 7 and 8 Series.
Each demonstration site was set up with virtual boundaries so that drivers could try out some of the new features of the John Deere guidance systems in real-time.
One of these features was AutoTrac Turn Automation. Many operators find that accurate end-of-pass turns are difficult to repeat throughout the workday. At each turn, the operator must accurately perform several tasks at the proper time. As the hours add up, it becomes more difficult to perform these tasks, which can include turning the tractor, changing speed, raising and lowering the implement. As fatigue sets in, headland turns can become inconsistent.
AutoTrac Turn Automation gives you a complete solution for accurate and repeatable end-of-pass turns throughout the entire field. It automatically completes accurate turns and carries out end-of-pass functions at appropriate times during the turn. This offers many benefits including the ability to focus on the job to make necessary adjustments and better agronomic decisions on the go.
Event organiser, Jason Phillips, said ‘Our operators saw the value in the easy to use Turn Automation, and expect that it will help them watch the tractor and implement more closely, allowing for proactive adjustments instead of reactive fixes and closely watch for damaging obstacles such as rocks, washouts, or holes’
The John Deere Connected SupportTM technology was also on display. The connectivity also permits easy sharing of application maps and data both between machines on the same job in real time. This allows multiple machines to work in the same paddock at the same time knowing exactly what has and hasn’t been done. This data is automatically sent to Operations Center and can be accessed easily via mobile devices and desk top software, giving up to date operation records, machine data and location. This information can be shared within your own organisation and authorised dealer staff. You also have the ability to share with external consultants and agronomists.
John Deere 7 Series and 8 Series are built for operator comfort with excellent visibility and comfort from the cab. Transmission options from the E23, IVT and the CommmandPROTM control were also demonstrated.
One of the most-commented features of the tractor range was the ride.
‘Every driver was impressed with ride quality’ said Jason Phillips, ‘in particular the 8RX was outstanding, offering an extremely smooth and comfortable ride over every type of terrain we tested it on. It is a stand-out machine in the comprehensive and reliable John Deere tractor range’
If you are interested in test-driving a John Deere 7 or 8 Series tractor contact your closest Pringles Crouch branch.