In August, John Deere had more new equipment to introduce to producers. This time, the green brand has turned its attention to windrowers, and it’s introducing the new W200 series, available in M and R designated configurations. In all, the line includes four models — the W200M and W235M along with the W235R and W260R.
“The W200M and W235M self-propelled windrowers offer a cost-effective option for farmers to consider with an all-new cab and a new, lower horsepower option,” said Chase Milem, John Deere hay and forage marketing manager, in a press release. “Beef and dairy producers will benefit from the W235R and W260R thanks to a new premium cab loaded with integrated technology and innovative features that let them easily make in-cab adjustments to improve windrow formation and dry down.”
The W200M and W235M are available with optional Starfire receivers and a Generation 4 CommandCenter with AutoTrac. Optional TouchSet controls allow operators to quickly adjust windrow width and tilt from the cab while cutting. Using the TouchSet settings library presets and resume function, operators can easily move between settings. This makes it much easier to efficiently handle varying field and crop conditions.
The company claims dry-down time on forage cut with an R model is up to 10 per cent faster than on previous models. To help achieve that result, operators can electronically adjust windrow formation from the cab to get the best possible dry-down time. With a maximum transport speed of 24 miles per hour (about 40 kilometres per hour), moving between fields should be fast and easy. Deere also claims the W200s get improved fuel consumption compared to previous models.
Of course, these machines can be equipped with Deere’s JDLink telematics system as well.
“Every minute the crop stays in the field after cutting reduces tonnage and decreases hay quality,” Milem said. “John Deere W200 series M and R windrowers provide customers with the unmatched ability to get the most from every acre, at reduced acquisition and operating costs.”
Both the M and R series self-propelled windrowers became available for order in September.