John Deere is adding two new models of X Series Combine Harvesters to its harvesting lineup to help large-scale farmers thresh, separate, and clean more tonnes per hour or harvest more hectares per day, even under changing conditions, without risking grain loss or quality.
The new X9 1000 and X9 1100 Harvesters represent the next level of John Deere harvesting performance and broaden a harvesting lineup that includes field-proven S Series Harvesters.
John Deere Tactical Segment Manager, Marko Koelln, said as conditions change the X9 Harvester can make automatic adjustments for the operator so that it consistently functions at peak levels.
“For example, in the morning, straw can be damp and make threshing and separating tough. Later in the day, moisture evaporates, and harvesting conditions improve. In the past, these changes required operators to adjust harvester settings to help the machine compensate – now the adjustments are made automatically,” Mr. Koelln said.
X Series Combine Harvesters feature a wide feeder house, dual separator, and the industry’s largest cleaning shoe, which work together to improve crop flow and increase harvesting capacity.
“At the heart of the new combine is the X Series Dual Separator (XDS) with the largest threshing and separation areas Deere has ever offered. Crop in the XDS is threshed and separated during nine revolutions, resulting in less grain loss and increased harvesting capacity,” Mr. Koelln said.
The 7 square meter Dyna-Flo XL Cleaning Shoe has 36% more cleaning area than the S790. It can harvest a thin dry crop, thick damp crop, and everything in between, putting more high-quality grain in the tank, pass after pass. Even if conditions change, grain quality remains high.
During harvest, highly fuel-efficient X Series Combine Harvesters can run up to 14 hours without refueling, while an all-new John Deere PowerTech 13.6L Engine works with a robust belt-drive system and updated ProDrive XL Transmission to improve fuel efficiency.
“Compared to the S790, the X9 1100 uses up to 20% less fuel per tonne harvested to help keep input costs low,”
Mr. Koelln said.
X Series Combine Harvesters are available with integrated precision ag technologies that collect important machine and yield data while helping to improve harvesting results. These harvesters come with an integrated StarFire 6000 Receiver, which requires no calibration of the Terrain Compensation Module (TCM) and is more accurate than previous offerings. Coupled with new guidance system enhancements, the new receiver boots up and acquires the GPS signal quicker, so the harvester can start running with improved accuracy in less time.
JDLink is standard on both models and comes with five years of service in the base. This enables machine-to-machine communication and makes it easy for the owner to share agronomic and machine-performance information. With John Deere Connected Support owners get unmatched dealer service through Expert Alerts – an industry exclusive – plus remote support capabilities.
Three technology packages are available for the X Series including Select, Premium, and Ultimate. Select includes the StarFire 6000 Integrated Receiver, Generation 4 4600 Display, Harvest Smart, Interactive Combine Adjustment, and is Connect Mobile ready. Premium builds on the Select package and includes Active Terrain Adjustment and the Premium 3.0 Activation with AutoTrac RowSense, Section Control, and In-Field Data Sharing.
Everything in the Select and Premium packages is included in the Ultimate along with Automation 3.0 Activation with Generation 4 Machine Sync and the Combine Advisor Technology Package with ActiveVision Camera technology and Auto Maintain. All X Series Combine Harvesters can connect to the John Deere Operations Center, a cloud-based, central location where farmers can electronically share machine or operational information with trusted partners and advisors.
“Industry-leading harvest solutions such as the Combine Advisor package optimize and automate main harvester functions when conditions change, increase fuel efficiency and give greater ground coverage to shorten the harvest window,” Mr. Koelln said.
Inside the spacious, restyled X Series cab is more storage space, more USB ports and better connectivity than other models. For an automotive-like experience, an optional touchscreen radio can be added that’s smart-phone ready so operators can use voice commands or integrated controls to get directions, make calls, listen to music, or send and receive messages.
Three comfort and convenience cab packages are available including Select, Premium, or Ultimate. The Ultimate includes a new ventilated massaging seat that swivels 16 degrees right or left for improved operator visibility and all-day comfort. A Signature Edition is also available and includes the highest levels of comfort, lighting, and technology packages John Deere offers.
X Series Combine Harvesters are available on wheels or tracks with Control Traffic Farming configurations. The X9 1000 grain tank can hold up to 14,800L, while the X9 1100 holds up to 16,200L – 5% and 15% more than the S790 respectively. Folding unloading augers with Adjustable Spout is available for the X Series in 7.9m, 8.7m, or 9.4m lengths.
“We’re extremely excited by how the X Series will broaden the John Deere harvester lineup and meet the needs of even more Australian grain producers,” Mr. Koelln said.
“We expect to see a couple of demonstration units on the ground in late 2021 when we’ll also start taking orders for deliveries the following year.
“We’re also looking forward to making further announcements around our range of headers to suit both the X9 and the S700 Series very shortly.”