One of the new products John Deere’s marketing reps were proud to introduce to dealers and the farm media this past summer at a convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was an updated line of self-propelled forage harvesters. The new 8000 Series replaces the previous 7000s and offers more built-in technology.
The new five-model line covers the 380 to 626 horsepower range. This time all models are powered with Deere’s own engines. The 9-litre diesel provides the drive for the two smallest, 380 and 430 horsepower, models. From there the 13.5-litre Deere engine takes over.
And the brand incorporated some new features into the 8000 Series to ensure operators can not only find out as much as possible about the feed going through the machine, but easily manage its operation.
“The 8000 Series builds upon the best features of our popular 7000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters,” says Shaun Fritchey, marketing representative, John Deere Ottumwa Works. “This new series integrates cutting-edge crop analysis and documentation with an innovative machine design to provide superior efficiency, reliability and crop quality.”
Deere has matched its DuraDrum cutter heads to the machine horsepower ratings and also offers KernelStar technology for corn-silage processing. The AutoLOC (automatic length of cut) feature lets the operator dial in the precise cutting length based on the exact forage conditions. In addition, the new machines offer Deere’s Harvest Lab and HarvestDoc technologies. And of course there are also the brand’s other software applications linked to its online FarmSight platform that provide ready access to equipment and agronomic information.
To help cut costs, Deere claims the 8000 Series models are up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than their predecessors.