John Deere’s latest generation 7R Series tractors include a new flagship model, the 7R 330, which delivers a maximum power rating of 363hp or 373hp with Intelligent Power Management. The five-model range available in the UK & Ireland features a brand new cab with a wealth of eye-catching and luxury features, first and foremost of these being the CommandPRO operating concept.
Farmers and particularly contractors looking to maintain low operating costs will benefit from these new tractors’ proven fuel efficiency. The John Deere 7R Series tractor has already established its economic efficiency in DLG tests and with many participants in the company’s ongoing fuel guarantee programme. Extending this concept to the new top of the range 7R 330 means the advantageous power to weight ratio of only 30kg/hp can have a further positive impact on performance, acceleration and fuel consumption.
The tractors are available with a choice of continuously variable AutoPowr or powershiftable e23 transmissions and are universally suitable for a range of transport applications or pto operations such as slurry spreading, drilling, baling or mowing. Using the EZ Ballast option, the tractor can also be perfectly ballasted from the cab within seconds for heavier cultivation work.
Contractors in particular will benefit from the new CommandPRO joystick, which is now optionally available on all 7R Series tractors with the AutoPowr transmission. This operating concept was first introduced on 6R Series tractors and has quickly proved itself in practice thanks to its excellent ergonomics and easy configurability.
Drivers will also appreciate the completely new cab design, which features a state of the art seat available with perforated leather trim, heating, active air circulation, a two-zone massage function and various electric and pneumatic adjustable seat components. In addition, the medal winning Active Seat II suspension has been improved to provide even better response and increased reduction of vertical shocks, compared to the first-generation system.
Long working days and nights will be made easier by the larger integrated fridge, which has doubled in capacity to 11 litres to carry ample refreshments, and the 60 per cent more efficient 360° LED lighting system. A top quality, concert hall style music experience is provided by the 6.1 surround sound system with subwoofer and speakers, while the 6.5in DAB+ touchscreen radio provides cutting edge infotainment functions and works with Apple CarPlay.
Further detailed cab improvements prompted by customer requests include a wider entry and lower placed door handles, as well as a self-cancelling indicator. In addition, the air conditioning system has been relocated under the cab. This has not only provided increased headroom but also reduced the noise level in the cab even further, even though cooling and heating capacity has nearly doubled.
The pioneering AutoTrac automatic steering system, including an optionally integrated StarFire 6000 satellite receiver, has been further optimised, with Wireless Data Transfer to the John Deere Operations Centre provided free of charge for five years. Field boundaries, guidance lines and set-up data as well as crop planning and documentation can all be managed swiftly and securely using this web-based platform.
A brand new, revolutionary feature is the AutoSetup System (see separate press release), which makes it possible to download all field, machine and implement data required for individual jobs directly to the tractor. This greatly simplifies the process and means the tractor is ready to use much more quickly in the field, while removing the possibility of an incorrect setup. AutoSetup will be available shortly after the first of these new 7R Series tractors arrive in Europe in 2020.
The tractors can also be remotely monitored by the JDLink telematics system at the customer’s request, to ensure maximum uptime. With customer consent additionally provided for Expert Alerts, potential machine damage can be predicted and the likelihood of expensive repairs can be reduced or completely avoided.