John Deere has revamped its 6 Series tractor family by upgrading the specifications of its 6D line and renaming them the 6E. That means the mid-sized 6 Series family now includes the 6E, 6M and 6R tractor lines.
The new 6E
When John Deere set out to upgrade its 6D line of tractors, the company felt they’d added so much value that the line deserved a new name: the 6E Series. The letter designation after the model number in Deere’s tractor numbering system is an indicator of the features the line offers. So by making the 6D tractors more capable, they get a higher letter designation.
There are three tractors in this new line, offering 105, 120 and 135 horsepower.
6E models come with either of two transmission options. The 24/12 hi/lo gearbox provides 11 working speeds in the five to 13 m.p.h. haying range. The standard 12/12 transmission gives operators six working speed in this range.
In transport, the 6E has a top speed of up to 25 m.p.h. (40 km/h.).
The company says the automatic regeneration feature used by the PowerTech engine emissions control system in the 6E Series offers reduced fluid consumption.
Radial tires from the factory will “greatly increase the sense of comfort,” said Ross. And they’ll also provide better traction.
6E operators might appreciate the 15 degrees of right hand seat swivel. “It might not sound like much,” Ross said, “but it’s really going to help out your neck and back.”
The new Electrohydraulic MFWD switch in the cab, Ross said, “is going to make it a lot easier to reach over on the fly as opposed to our old system where you had to pull out a mechanical lever.”
“We know from talking to our customers that the 6E is a loader tractor. To make that operation easier we’ve added in a loader view roof.” It also comes with a sunshade, to “keep the operator a little cooler on those hot days.”
John Deere’s base list prices for the three models of the 6E are US$72,964 for the 6015, US$79,014 for the 6120E and US$85,084 for the 6135E.
The 6M & 6R
The number of models in the 6M Series was expanded back in February. “Now they’re ready, starting to get in the field,” said Ross.
The 6M tractors have now moved to Tier 4 Final engines. There are seven tractor models available, ranging from 110 to 195 horsepower. They have mechanical cab suspension, on-the-go auto mechanical front wheel drive front hitch and front PTO options and Power Fill brakes. There are multiple tire options for different uses.
In the 6R Series, there are eight models, ranging in horsepower from 110 to 213. Other features include 30 degrees of right-hand seat swivel, straight-line draw pin visibility, Efficient IVT, Direct Drive and AutoQuad + ECO transmissions that allow the engine to deliver power at lower r.p.m., improving fuel economy.
Oil change intervals in both the 6M and 6R Series that were once required at 500 hours can be put off until 750 hours when John Deere filters are used.
John Deere’s R-Series front loaders which the company first debuted last February are an upgrade to the company’s H-Series loaders, and are designed to match the R-Series tractors.
These tractors have an automatic mast latch system that makes attaching and detaching the loader much easier.
Rather than making two trips out of the cab to attach or detach the loader, John Deere product manager, Jason Thomas says, “now you’ll take it on and off with just one trip out of the cab.”
How long does it take? “If it’s something you do a lot, you’re going to do it really quick,” Thomas says. With the H Series loaders, the process would take about 10 minutes. But, Thomas said, “with the R Series, we’ve cut that in at least half. In three to five minutes you could have it off, and ready to keep going.”
While many farmers leave the loader on the tractor most of the time, Thomas said, “There’s a lot of advantages to having your loader off.” These include fuel efficiency and better visibility.
“We’ve taken what we had, it was a good product, and we’ve built on it, and made it just a little bit better.”