A new range of VarioStar cutting platforms, featuring a hydraulically operated extendable knife, is optionally available for all John Deere’s 2013 model year combines.
This versatile platform is available in four cutting widths of 6.1, 6.7, 7.6 and 9.15m, and can be used in all crops and conditions. The knife position is seamlessly adjustable from a control box in the cab over a distance of 500mm, without the need for any inserts or additional parts. The platform can also be converted in less than 15 minutes to harvest oilseed rape, using vertically mounted side knives stored in the platform trailer.
VarioStar is designed to deliver a good crop flow to evenly feed the combine, and incorporates a split 620mm diameter intake auger to maintain the combine’s high productivity. The knife is guided by a roller bearing which allows high ground speeds and is fully integrated into the combine’s active contour following system.
Specifically designed for European crops and conditions, John Deere’s W, T and S-Series combine range, introduced for the 2012 harvest season, features models from 260 to 617hp (maximum rating at ECE R120), providing even higher levels of grain harvesting productivity and operator comfort.
The top of the range S690 features the most powerful engine available in a combine today, and the largest grain tank, at 14,100 litres or 10 tonnes capacity, which can be emptied in just 105 seconds. In addition, W and T-Series models feature the largest active separation areas in the industry, at up to 3.36m2, and the largest grain tank available on a straw-walker machine, at 11,000 litres.
Key features of the 11-model range available in the UK and Ireland include an integrated 66cm (26in) wide rubber track design for S-Series models only, suitable for road speeds up to 30kph, with full hydraulic suspension and an overall transport width of 3.47m; newly designed transmissions and Premium cab; a new cleaning shoe with an active returns system plus a new high performance Variable Stream Rotor on the expanded S-Series range of three models; a wider range of cutting platforms up to 10.7m (35ft), including the versatile PremiumFlow header; an enhanced residue management system; and a wider range of flotation tyre options.
The newly consolidated John Deere range consists of the W540, W550, W650 and W660 conventional five and six straw-walker combines; the restyled five- and six-walker T550, T560, T660 and T670 models, featuring the company’s established tangential tine separation technology; and the S670, S680 and S690 combines, which now provide even greater harvesting capacity in all crops and conditions.
John Deere’s web-based JDLink telematics solution is supplied free, as standard, with new W, T and S-Series combine models for the first year of ownership. This system offers three specification levels, allowing it to be tailored to individual business needs. JDLink provides data on machine location and fuel consumption, as well as machine hour and location tracking, geofencing to protect a machine from misuse, and maintenance planning. This enables fleet owners and managers to determine, for example, if operators need more training.