Deere Launches High-Capacity X Series Combines

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
The new John Deere X9 Combine and CF Folding Corn Head can harvest up to 7,200 bushels per hour. (John Deere photo)

John Deere has rolled out two models of X Series combines -- the X9 1000 and X9 1100 -- for the 2021 harvest (orders taken this summer).

According to Deere, the X9 1100 can harvest up to 30 acres of high-yielding wheat per hour and harvest up to 7,200 bushels per hour in high-yielding corn.

"As conditions change, an X9 Combine can make automatic adjustments for the operator so it consistently operates at peak levels," said Matt Badding, harvesting product manager for John Deere. "For example, in the morning, straw can be damp and make threshing and separating tough. By midday, the moisture evaporates and harvesting conditions improve. In the past, these changes required operators to adjust combine settings to help the machine compensate. Now, the adjustments are made automatically."

Deere's X Series combines feature a wide feeder house, dual separator and large cleaning shoe. "At the heart of the new combine is the X Series Dual Separator (XDS) with the largest threshing and separation areas Deere has ever offered. Crop in the XDS is threshed and separated during nine revolutions, resulting in less grain loss and increased harvesting capacity," Badding said.

X Series combines can run up to 14 hours between refueling stops. Deere has mounted in an all-new John Deere PowerTech 13.6L engine and updated ProDrive XL Transmission to improve fuel efficiency. Compared to the S790, the X9 1100 uses up to 20% less fuel per bushel harvested.

These combines come with an integrated StarFire 6000 Receiver. JDLink is standard on both models and comes with five years of service.

Inside the spacious, restyled X Series cab is more storage space, more USB ports and better connectivity than its predecessor. For an automotive-like experience, an optional touchscreen satellite radio can be added that's smartphone ready, so operators can use voice commands or integrated controls to get directions, make calls, listen to music, or send and receive messages.

X Series combines are available on wheels or tracks. The X9 1000 grain tank can hold up to 420 bushels, and the X9 1100 holds up to 460 bushels of grain.


Deere also announced that it is updating its entire header lineup to include new HDR Rigid Cutterbar Drapers, RDF HydraFlex Drapers, CR and CF Corn Heads and a BP15 Belt Pickup. Each is compatible with the John Deere X Series and most S Series and T Series combines. Here are some details:

-- The HDR has a new hinged frame that provides terrain-following capability with twice the wing range with uniform cut height when harvesting on curves or uneven terrain. HDR Drapers can be ordered with optional John Deere Grain Saver Draper Belts. These belts can reduce canola cutterbar loss up to 25%.

-- RDF HydraFlex Drapers are compatible with new X Series, S Series and T Series combines dating back to model year 2012. All RDF HydraFlex Drapers feature a new two-speed center feed section that lets operators slow down the feed drum and center feed belt by 20% compared with the 700FD.

-- CR Rigid Corn Heads feature a 19-inch cross auger and rolled auger floor to help improve grain handling. The space between the auger flighting and rolled auger floor minimize the opportunity for ears to pinch or grind, reducing grain damage during harvest. For harvesting leaning, down or flat crops, CR Rigid Corn Heads can be equipped from the factory with active end fenders that pull more stalks into the head as the combine moves through the field.

-- CF Folding Corn Heads include all the features of CR Rigid Corn Heads but feature a low-profile folding frame. CF Folding Corn Heads have a fold cycle time of less than 60 seconds when the corn head is connected to Deere S700 combines and about 40 seconds with Deere X9 combines. There are 12-, 16- and 18-row CF Folding Corn Heads available for X Series combines and 12-row heads for S Series combines.

-- The BP15 Belt Pickup deliver a 20% faster feed rate than the Deere 615P to easily handle high-volume crops. The BP15 has a wider feederhouse opening with adjustable feed auger flighting and tines that allow this belt-pickup platform to harvest more acres per hour. When used with an X9 Combine, a BP15 can handle 30 acres of wheat or 23 acres of canola windrows per hour.

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