John Deere has added several new models to its 6R tractor line-up, offering producers a greater range of choice in the mid-size segment.
The 6R 140, 6R 150, 6R 165 and 6R 185 models have more horsepower than previous 6R models and a number of frame choices are available.
John Deere Australia and New Zealand production system manager Stephanie Gersekowskisaid the 6R tractors' ability to deliver in tough conditions made them the ideal solution for a diverse range of operations.
"The 6R is the next step up from John Deere's popular 6M tractor, and provides customers with more power, and more comfort, while the addition of these four models now also offers more choice in each power range," Ms Gersekowski said.
"These new models have been built strong and smart to be a versatile and reliable workhorse, and feature increased power capacity on the smaller frame models, while the Hydraulic IPM feature provides an extra 20 to 40 horsepower (15 to 30kW) for hydraulic applications.
"With Intelligent Power Management, the 6R 150 and 6R 165 tractors deliver up to 177 and 213 maximum horsepower (132 and 159kW) in tough operating conditions, such as heavy transport, power takeoff, or hydraulic applications, making them especially suited to hay and livestock operations."
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All models are equipped from the factory with a 4G JDLink connection (modem) and all come with AutoTrac guidance.
Ms Gersekowski said once machines were activated in the John Deere Operations Center, machine and field data would flow to the owner's Operations Center account, free of charge.
"Operators can use the Work Planner tool in Operations Center to create field prescriptions and other field tasks while in their home office or on-the-go and can push the instructions to the tractor's in-cab display, saving time in the field by not having to manually enter this information," she said.
Like the 6M tractor series, critical machine information displays have been moved from the steering column to an easy-to-read digital display that's now located on the tractor's cornerpost.
The 6R tractor series can be enhanced with the addition of an optional new John Deere Loader Technology Package, which has been specifically developed to assist livestock and hay operators to do more work in less time.
"Operators using their 6R to feed livestock or move pallets will achieve greater machine efficiency with the John Deere Loader Technology feature," Ms Gersekowski said.
"The package includes reconfigurable loader joystick with an integrated reverser so operators can set their preferences and easily manage the direction of the tractor at the touch of a button.
"When equipped with the optional large hydraulic pump, cycle times are improved compared to previous models and help time-poor operators."
The Loader Technology Package includes a Dynamic Weighing System, along with Level to Horizon and Return to Position features. DWS can weigh loads on the go, as opposed to the tractor needing to be stopped, and also rules out the need for a feeder wagon scale.
Using LTH, operators can quickly level an attachment parallel to the ground to avoid spilling material while travelling across uneven ground, while the RTP automatically returns the loader to a predefined boom and bucket position for fast, easy loading of material at repeated heights.
The latest 6R models are available to order now.
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