John Deere have revealed their latest model of forage harvesters, the self-propelled 9000 series. The new harvester not only boasts more power, of up to 956hp, but also operates with significantly more fuel efficiency.
Perhaps the most impressive design in the 9000 series is the XStream™ Kernel Processor for the high horsepower. Partnering with Scherer Inc, John Deere developed the XStream™ Kernel Processor to allow for 250mm diameter rolls and a 50% speed differential. John Deere says that this allows for the delivery of consistently smashed kernels and thoroughly processed plants. “You can count on the high Corn Silage Processing Scores, no matter the length of cut.” they promise.
Other Features -
There are many other key features in the 9000 series, such as Active Fill Control, a new 772 header and HarvestLab 300.
HarvestLab 300 - The 9000 series also features the HarvestLab™ 3000, which allows for the measuring of moisture and nutrients values whilst on the go. This allows operators to make in-field adjustments as they go.
Active Fill Control - Another feature is the Active Fill Control. This uses a 3D capable camera to automatically detect the method of transporting the crop (trailer or truck etc), filling it evenly and without any spillage. Once the camera detects the trailer or truck, it begins tracking it automatically with the spout. It then controls the rotation and cap position of the spout, until filling is complete. Operators can choose from four different fill strategies to cater their work and machinery. It helps reduce operator fatigue and also helps improve efficiency.
New 772 Header - This 12-row, large drum head matches the capacity of the 9000 series. AutoTrac™ RowSense™ can be added to allow operators to sit back and be confident a full header width is achieved with each pass.
Model Engine Displacement Power Channel Width FuelTank Cap.
9600 John Deere 13,5L 616HP Wide 1500L
Power Tech™ PSX
9700 Liebherr 24L 759HP Wide 1500L
9800 Liebherr 24L 858HP Wide 1500L
9900 Liebherr 24L 956HP Wide 1500L
There are many benefits to using the new 9000 series harvester, such as the V12 engine now working its magic.
- More Power - John Deere in a bid to keep up with their competitors have added a Liebherr V12 engine to the 9000 series.
- Fuel efficiency - Although the 9000 series is more powerful, the engine delivers maximum torque of between 1,400 and 1,800 rpm. This is up to 600rpm less than normal and saves a lot on fuel costs.
- More accurate - On the go nutrients and moisture measuring, allowing for on-the-go adjustments.
- Active fill control means less labour for operators and less spillage, thus meaning greater efficiency.
Video Credit - John Deere