Last December I was invited to Mannheim, Germany, for a sneak peek at John Deere’s new 6230 and 6250 R Series tractors before their North American debut.
Along with a group of approximately 45 Canadian farmers, I had a chance to see these new models in person and tour John Deere’s production lines at both their Mannheim and Zweibrücken factories.
The John Deere production line in Mannheim boasts a three-minute cycle time, and every tractor being built has already been ordered and bought by a customer, either a farmer or dealership.
After watching the new models being assembled, we sat down for an info session on the 6230 and 6250 R Series tractors, during which we had a chance to talk with John Deere executives and engineers about their development of the new models and their decision to bring them to North America.
A lot of the decision was based on positive feedback from farmers in Europe, and demand from farmers back home in North America for a higher horsepower tractor in a previously unoffered weight class.
“The weight (of our other models) was okay, but when I found out about this tractor and that John Deere actually geared it more towards the idea of a lighter frame and higher horsepower tractor, that’s what stood out to me,” said Donald DeVries, one of the farmers on the tour. DeVries farms near Middle Stewiacke, Nova Scotia and operates Vriesland Farm Ltd. with his family.
Getting to see the new models was impressive, but now farmers in North America are anxious to see how they perform.
Spencer Myers is Glacier FarmMedia’s content lead for AgDealer.com.