Muddy combine tracks at a farm show will always turn heads, which is one reason the 2014 combine updates from John Deere were attracting so much attention at the recent product launch held in Columbus and London. For the first time, 36-inch tracks are available on John Deere combines.
“Even though it is fairly dry here, we have been able to make a mud pit and have been showing comparison with combines with tires and with tracks. The people that have attended this introduction have enjoyed that experience,” said Kim Cramer with John Deere Harvester Works at the equipment demonstration site on the grounds of the Farm Science Review. “Also introduced for 2014 will be a 630 flex draper head that will be part of the John Deere lineup. That will be for customers that have some other conditions that require a 30-foot size.
“The combine for 2014 is final Tier 4 compliant and will have other features including a leather package for the cab to help on those long harvest days. The cab has advanced technology allowing customers to access harvest information, fuel levels, and settings remotely with wireless data transfer and remote display access capabilities. There is also the interactive combine adjust that will allow both experienced and inexperienced operators to hit the sweet spots for adjustments.”
A new S-series model has also been added.
“There is also a S650 combine that will replace the S550 so there will be a Class 5 John Deere combine that will be available for customers who desire that size of combine,” Cramer said.
The S-Series Combines are the most productive harvesting machines ever designed and built by John Deere. For model year 2014, new features will be offered to optimize performance and provide more comfort and control for the operator.
“We continuously look at our harvesting line-up, gain feedback from our customers, and test new features to bring more productivity to our machines and headers,” said Katie Dierker, division marketing manager, John Deere Harvester Works. “The tracks that will provide better flotation with reduced compaction and fuel use in challenging field conditions.”
Because of a large footprint, the tracks allow reduced ground pressure and the ability to harvest in a variety of conditions. They are designed with a high-idler configuration for enhanced performance and easy changeability between tracks and tires.
“When harvesting in tough conditions, operators will be able to get in the fields earlier and harvest longer with the new track option,” Dierker said. “The tracks can be ordered as a factory-installed option or ordered separately for our Model Year 2014 S-Series machines.”
Other enhancements to the S-Series line-up include a new Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) in base equipment which automates combine settings while harvesting on-the-go. This simplifies overall operator adjustment and brings more consistency and accuracy when harvesting in varying field conditions.
“We also added a new heated and ventilated leather seat with lumbar support,” Dierker said. “Operators spend many hours in their machines during harvest and with our large cab, increased visibility, improved heating and cooling systems, and integrated AutoTrac, the S-Series combines provide a comfortable and productive operator environment.”
Some other feature enhancements include the new Engine Speed Management system which will reduce overall cost of operation with increased fuel efficiency, especially at transport speeds. There is a new Dual Adjust Chaffer to provide an additional adjustment for improved grain tank cleanliness and an 8 Wing Feed Accelerator to improve material flow in tough harvest conditions for customers with the Variable Stream Rotor.
“We’ve also added a new S650 model, matched with a six row corn head, to support Class 5 productivity needs in the field,” Dierker said. “Not only that, we increased the overall horsepower on the S660 and S670 combines to give customers more capacity and power in tough conditions.”