John Deere ‘opens’ up at FTMTA Farm Machinery Show

John Deere has confirmed that it will debut some new products, amongst its varied display at next month’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown.

Irish debut

New on the stand is the F441R fixed-chamber round baler. This machine makes its Irish debut at the show. Aimed at contractors, it features a wider bale chamber, up from 1.17 to 1.21m, which means heavier bales. It also incorporates an extra 18th roller. There is a choice of 2m or 2.2m pick-ups. The MaxiCut HC chopper can have 13 or 25 knives.

John Deere’s product engineers have focused on improving durability, when re-designing the F441 series balers. The pick-ups are now reinforced by wear-resistant Hardox steel plates, stronger drive-chains, upgraded roller material, larger bearings and improved sealing protection.

R series revamp

An interesting tractor development concerns the new B-post ‘split door’ option, for the 6R series. This development harks back to previous cab designs, presumably in response to customers who didn’t warm to the current R series door (which stretches the full length of the cab). According to John Deere, demand for this was mainly from livestock farmers, who move in and out of the cab all day.

The ‘split door’ option will be showcased on a 6130R tractor.

John Deere 6130R tractor with B-post cab door option.
A John Deere 6130R tractor with the B-post door option.

Also new at next month’s show is the 5125R tractor. Based on the previous 5R models, the revamped series continues with a full-length frame design.

The frame facilitates easy front loader installation, says the company. Claimed turning radius is just 3.75m, even when fitted with a loader.

The new 90hp 5090R, 100hp 5100R, 115hp 5115R and 125hp 5125R models are equipped with Stage IIIB/iT4 compliant 4-cylinder, 4.5-litre John Deere engines, which don’t require AdBlue. They deliver an extra boost (10hp) for transport applications.

John Deere 5125R tractor and 543R front loader
The new John Deere 5125R tractor and 543R front loader.

Three transmissions are available. These include the entry-level 16/16 CommandQuad manual transmission, which features four ranges and four powershiftable gears within each range, the 16/16 CommandQuad and the 32/16 Command8, with eight powershiftable gears and an ECO mode that enables a top speed of 40kph at 1759rpm.

While all these transmissions offer a fully automatic clutch, individual start-up gears, individually settable speeds and an electric park lock, the premium level 32/16 Command8 also features automatic shifting as standard. The latter feature is also optional on the 16/16 CommandQuad transmission.

Front axle suspension, with independent arms and adjustment of +/-45mm, is available. Mechanical cab suspension is optional.

Also on the stand will be an 8500 self-propelled forage harvester. Tractors on display will include a large-frame 6R series model, a 6155M, a 6115MC and a 5100M.

Other equipment at the exhibit will include an M740 trailed sprayer and a Gator utility vehicle.