Big updates for John Deere forage harvesters

John Deere has announced revisions it is making to its 8000 and 9000 series self-propelled forage harvesters for 2020.

The company says its customers want more comfort, lower operating costs, more control and reliability from their foragers. With this in mind, both series have had multiple features added. This includes function from the company’s Active Header Control (AHC), which has been extended with active lateral tilt float. Pick-up and direct cut headers can both benefit from this. Once the operator lowers the header, it can freely move over the ground. As soon as it is raised, it centres itself and locks automatically, so this fixed position provides greater security on the road, according to the company.

Adding more durability, the firm has launched a new Dura Line package, which now includes the Dura Line smooth roll scraper in all three customer packages. It says Dura Line components last at least four times longer than standard ones, providing lower operating costs and more uptime.

In addition, there is a new multifunctional lever, designed for more operator comfort. This new operating lever introduces improved ergonomics to the ranges, says the company. It is tilted further forward by 15 degrees and fits more comfortably in the driver’s hand, resulting in easier direction changes.

The manufacturer has also treated the 8000 series to the same updated chopping unit as the 9000 series. New features include a strengthened frame, larger bearings and an improved knife grinding system. The company says customers will experience better blade and shear bar longevity.

And also related is the news that Deere owned Kemper is now offering the 460 plus StalkBuster maize header attachment in higher quantities for 2020. Improvements have been made to the control unit, so that the attachment cannot be damaged when reversing. The company claims the StalkBuster is an effective ways of controlling the corn borer pest without the use of chemicals.