Virtual reality brings John Deere tractors to life

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John Deere has been increasing the amount of computer technology that goes into its new tractors, combines and other products for years. Members of the agricultural media got a look at its latest use of technology when Deere unveiled a virtual reality version of its new 8R Tractor at its product introduction in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 21. Before going to the field to see the actual tractor, editors received an update on the 7R and 8R tractors by John Deere specialists.

The specialists say that along with a new engine that meets Final Tier 4 emission requirements and the e23 Power Shift Transmission, the new 7R tractors provide customers with more power, performance and greater comfort and control. The nine new 8R tractors, meanwhile, all come with Final Tier 4 engines ranging in power from 245 to 370 horsepower.  

Deere is rolling out five new 7R tractors and six new wheel and three track models of the 8R series. The 7R tractors feature several transmission options, including the CommandQuad Eco, which is available on the 7210R and 7230R Models, and the new e23 Power Shift with Efficiency Manager, standard on all five 7R models. The 8R tractors are available with either 16-speed Power Shift or an IVT transmission.

“We’ve increased the engine horsepower ratings of all the new 8R models and boosted the max hydraulic flow capacity by 41 percent to 85 gallons per minute,” says Jarrod McGinnis, division marketing manager for John Deere. “This 8R option allows customers to operate at reduced engine speed while handling larger implements such as planters that require high, constant flow rates. All tractors have the opportunity to be equipped with Intelligent Power Management, which increases power and torque to maximize performance. In fact, with Intelligent Power Management on the 8370 R Tractor, customers can boost engine performance to 405 horsepower.”

Powered by either a 6.8L or 9.0 L PowerTech PSS engine with John Deere’s efficient selective catalytic reduction system, the new 7R tractors boost 10 to 20 more horsepower and more torque than previous models. Fuel capacities range from 125 to 143 gallons, depending on model and transmission options, with DEF storage capacity of 6.8 gallons.

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