John Deere's new X-Series combines are an extension of the manufacturer's combine portfolio, says Matthew Arnold, product manager for Future Combines at Deere in an interview with DTN/Progressive Farmer. "The X9 1000 or X9 1100 [Class 10 and 11 combines] are for producers who need extralarge capacity and who can handle that extra capacity," he explains.
According to Deere, the X9 1100 can harvest up to 30 acres of high-yielding wheat per hour and up to 7,200 bushels per hour in high-moisture corn. That's 2 bushels of corn per second, enough to fill 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 (7,200 bushels) in an entire day," Arnold recalls.
The X9's peak unload rate is 4.6 bushels per second (X9 1000) and 5.3 bushels per second (X9 1100).
X-Series combines give producers new machine inventory options, theoretically reducing the need for hard-to-find operators and giving owners the ability to complete the fall harvest against the push of fall's rain, snow and ice events.
Deere will produce the X9s at its combine facility in Moline, Illinois.
The X-Series' new 13.6-liter engine, updated ProDrive XL transmission and enhanced belt design boast up to 20% less fuel used per bushel harvested over Deere's S790 combine. This machine can go 14 hours between refuelings while producing 14% more power and 11% increased torque over the 13.5-liter engine Deere mounts in its S790.
LESS FUEL PER BUSHEL
Some of the X9's increased fuel efficiency is due to engine efficiency. Compared to the S790, the X9 1000 represents only a 1% increase in hp (630 max engine hp). The X9 1100 delivers up to 45% more harvesting capacity with only 11% more hp (690 max hp) over the S790. "That means you can harvest more at less energy per bushel," Arnold explains.
The X9s make automatic harvesting adjustments as the conditions change through the day and evening, he continues. Deere's Combine Advisor with ActiveVision cameras maintains performance settings no matter the moisture or harvest conditions.
Deere's X-Series combines feature a 23% wider feeder house, 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 Dyna-Flo Cleaning shoe has 36% more cleaning area than the S790, Arnold says.
X-Series combines come from the factory with an integrated StarFire 6000 Receiver, a 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 combines feature three technology-package options. A Select package includes the StarFire 6000 Integrated Receiver, Generation 4 4600 Display, Harvest Smart and Interactive Combine Adjustment, and it 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. In addition 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 advisers.
The restyled X-Series cab has more storage spaces and USB ports, and improved connectivity. An optional smartphone-ready satellite radio is also available.
Depending on the comfort and convenience package, X-Series combines offer a heated and ventilated massaging 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 and electric heated mirrors. Cameras give operators views of combine operations, such as a rear view when backing up, a view inside the grain tank and a view of the unloading auger.
X-Series combines are available with wheels or tracks.
The X9 1000 grain tank holds 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 in August. The company has not disclosed pricing. Dealers will have production models in the field for the coming 2020 harvest.
New Header Lineup:
John Deere 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 John Deere X-Series and most S-Series and T-Series combines.
> The HDR has a new hinged frame that provides terrain-following capability with twice the wing range and uniform cut height.
> RDF HydraFlex Drapers feature a new two-speed center-feed section that allows operators to slow the feed drum and center the feed belt.
> CR Rigid corn heads feature a 19-inch cross auger and rolled auger floor to improve handling. For harvesting a leaning, down or flat crop, CR heads can be equipped with Active End Fenders to pull stalks into the head.
> CF Folding Corn Heads include all the features of CR Rigid Corn Heads with a low-profile folding frame. CF Folding Corn Heads have a fold cycle time of a minute or less. There are 12-, 16- and 18-row CF Folding Corn Heads for X-Series combines.
> The BP15 Belt Pickup delivers a 20% faster feed rate than the Deere 615P to handle high-volume crops. The BP15 has a wider feeder house opening than the 615P 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
> John Deere: www.johndeere.com
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