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Deere Reorganizes Its Mid-Range Tractor Lines

In August, John Deere unveiled its full lineup of equipment for 2012. One of the biggest changes announced was the reorganization of tractor models in the 125 to 280 horsepower range. That change comes about with the introduction of the 6R and 7R lines. These models bump up the specifications of tractors that were previously included in the 7030 group, and there are now more of them. If you re trying to keep track of the new batting order, here s how it all shakes out.

The five models in the new 7R Series replace the four previous models in the long-framed 7030 line, and their horsepower ratings grow. The 7Rs start at 200 and top out at 280. The three smaller 6R models, with 170 to 210 horsepower, replace the small-frame 7030s; and the previous 6030 tractors will no longer be built.

Production of the 7130, 7230 and 7330 Premium models will continue, allowing Deere to offer an impressive 11 different tractors with three different chassis sizes in the 125 to 280 horsepower range (13 if you count the two 8R models that fall into that range with yet a larger chassis). So, there should be something for everyone with that much selection.


The new 6R Series is not a 6430 replacement, says Brad Tolbert, a product specialist. We re talking about a larger tractor. One that truly fits a different or more expanded version in the lineup. It s really a 7530 replacement.

Compared to the 6030s, what additional features can you expect from the 6Rs? Quite a few, as it turns out. These improvements give customers greater versatility in how these machines can be used and increased comfort while using them, says Chris Borgman, product manager for mid-sized tractors.

Like nearly every machine Deere introduced this year, the mid-range tractors get new and A one and three-quarter-inch, heavy-duty PTO is now available, so the 6R can be put to work on some grain carts. And for those producers who want to use it for stationary PTO jobs, a convenient

better cabs. The 6Rs have attractive automotive-style gauges mounted on the steering column, making them nearly the only mid-range tractors of any brand to still have any instrumentation anywhere other than on the right-side console. It seems size is everything when it comes to cabs this year; therefore, the 6R interior gets 20 per cent more space, and it uses a new hydraulic cab suspension system for a much smoother ride on rough terrain.

The 6R tractors come ready for GreenStar GPS systems, including an optional GS3 touch-screen display on the console.

Under the hood is a PVX (with one turbo) or PSX (with a fixed and a variable rate turbo) 6.8 litre engine, depending on the model. And they can be coupled to a 50 km/h. IVT or AutoQuad Plus ECO transmission. Hydraulic capacity jumps to 155 L.P.M. and three-point hitch lift capacity gets bumped up, too. new external PTO control switch is mounted on the left rear fender.

To deliver all that horsepower to the ground, buyers can opt for Group 48 tire options and a 118-inch axle width option for row-crop applications.


Deere used its website and the social media to tease farmers with the pending release of this line starting way back in June. They gradually released details on these tractors over the course of several weeks, so seeing them at the new-product launch in August was no surprise.

A close inspection shows engineers gave them a heavier chassis, making them more capable in the field. But because it s still a relatively compact machine, it s better suited for doing double duty on utility jobs, like loader work, than the larger 8Rs. They are designed for the producer who needs a more versatile tractor that has more horsepower, more fuel capacity and greater hitch-lift capacity in order to handle larger implements and be more productive in the field, says Jarrod McGinnis, division marketing manager for 7 family tractors.

The two smaller tractors in the range use the same PSX 6.8 litre engine powering the 6Rs, while the three larger models get a PVX 9.0 litre. To help minimize fuel consumption while performing some jobs, an IVT transmission is also an option. And the design of this IVT is completely new.

Compared to the previous large-frame 7030s, fuel tank capacity grows by 30 per cent, while hitch-lift ratings jump 23 per cent. And you can get a front-mounted three-point hitch and PTO on this series, two features that are gaining popularity in the North American market.

The CommandView II cab gets the same hydraulic suspension as the 6R line. For precise field control, the 7R tractors can be equipped with the same ActiveCommand Steering system used on the 8R line, Basically, this feature allows for varied control sensitivity that alters the number of lock-to-lock turns required for high-speed and field steering.

The 7R tractors also use an innovative new dry sump rear differential design. Rather than the drive gears turning in a typical oil bath, they receive active lubrication to prevent wear. This reduces power loss by eliminating drag on the gears from turning in a deep pool of thick oil, which is particularly valuable in cold weather.

To improve visibility and give the tractors sleeker style lines, the exhaust filter is hidden under the hood.


To make all tractors from the utility 5E Limited and 5M lines right up to the muscular 8Rs more capable at front-end loader work, Deere also introduced its new H Series heavy-duty loaders. These are the most rugged, durable and versatile loaders on the market today, says Henry Sink III, product manager for loader marketing. The H Series replaces all the previous loader lines.

They can be ordered in non-self levelling or mechanical self-levelling versions. Boom pin connection points are now cast steel rather than traditional bushing styles, and the oil lines have been concealed within the boom arms for a cleaner look that also helps improve visibility.

The H Series loaders have integrated parking stands and a single-point hydraulic connection that allows connections and disconnections to be made with virtually no oil loss.


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The five models in the new 7R Series replace the four previous models in the long-framed 7030 line

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