John Deere's new X Series combines are an extension of the manufacturer's combine portfolio, said Matthew Arnold, product manager for Future Comines at Deere in an interview Teesday with DTN/Progressive Farmer. "The X9 1000 or X9 1100 (class 10 and 11 combines) are for producers who need extra-large capacity and who can handle that extra capacity," Arnold explained.
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. That's 2 bushels of corn per second, seven semis per hour and 80,000 bushels in a day. "When we used to run the (Deere) 6620 we'd be happy to get that in an entire day," Arnold said. The X9s will be produced at Deere's combine facility in Moline, Illinois.
The X9's peak unload rate is 4.6 bushels per second (X9 1000) and 5.3 bu./second (X9 1100).
X Series combines give producers new machine inventory options, theoretically reduce the need for hard-to-find operators and gives owners the ability to complete the fall harvest against the push of fall's rain, snow and ice events.
The X Series' new 13.6L engine, updated ProDrive XL transmission and enhanced belt design boasts up to 20% less fuel used per bushel harvested over Deere's S790 machine. This machine can go 14 hours between refuelings, while producing 14% more power and 11% increase torque over the 13.5L engine Deere mounts in its S790.
Some of the X9's increased fuel efficiency is due to engine output efficiency. Compared to the S790, the X9 1000 represents only a 1% increase in horsepower (630 max engine horsepower).
The X9 1100 delivers up to 45% more harvesting capacity with only 11% more horsepower (690 max horsepower) over the S790. "That means you can harvest more at less energy per bushel," Arnold said.
The X9s make automatic harvesting adjustments as the conditions change through the day and evening, Arnold explained. Deere's Combine Advisor with ActiveVision cameras maintain performance settings, no matter moisture or harvest conditions.
Deere's X Series Combines feature a 23% wider feederhouse, dual separator (two 24-inch rotors with an increased threshing area of 45% and separating area of 80%) and large cleaning shoe. The 75-square-foot Dyno-Flo Cleaning show as 36% more cleaning area than the S790, Arnold said.
X Series combines come from the factory with an integrated StarFire 6000 Receiver, as feature first introduced on Deere's model year 2020 8R and 7R series tractors. JDLink is standard on both X9 models and comes with five years of service.
X Series come with three technology packages.
A Select package includes the StarFire 6000 Integrated Receiver, Generation 4 4600 Display, Harvest Smart, Interactive Combine Adjustment and is Connect Mobile ready. The Premium package includes everything in the Select package, plus Active Terrain Adjustment and the Premium 3.0 Activation with AutoTrac RowSense, Section Control and In-Field Data Sharing. To those technology packages, the Ultimate package includes Automation 3.0 Activation with Generation 4 Machine Sync and the Combine Advisor Technology Package with ActiveVision Camera technology and Auto Maintain.
All X Series combines can connect to the John Deere Operations Center, a cloud-based, central location where farmers can electronically share machine or operational information with trusted partners and advisors.
The restyled X Series cab is more storage space, includes more USB ports and has better connectivity than its predecessor. An optional touchscreen satellite radio can be added that's smart-phone ready.
Depending on comfort and convenience package X Series combines offer a heated, ventilated messaging seat. The seat swivels 16 degrees left and right. The Ultimate visibility package includes features such as 360-degree LED lights, LED lights under each wing, electric heated mirrors and cameras for backing up, inside the grain tank and with unloading auger.
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. Adjustable spouts are available in 26-, 28.5- or 31-foot lengths.
Deere will begin taking orders for these machines Aug. 1. Deere has not disclosed pricing. Dealers will have production models in the field for the coming 2020 harvest.
For more information on the X Series combines or Deere's header lineup, go to: www.JohnDeere.com
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