TechTour: Adding 1.7 Tons of Tractor Ballast with the Press of a Button

Agritechnica 2015. Photo by Swen Pförtner.

Having your tractor hop up a hill is never a good feeling. Besides being downright uncomfortable, it’s a powerful reminder that the tractor isn’t operating to its full potential (think fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance). But proper ballasting can be a big job, making it an easy job to overlook.

That’s where John Deere’s new, aptly named, EZ Ballast comes in.

The technology allows operators to efficiently ballast a tractor by simply driving over the 1.7 tonne weight and lifting it into position with a hydraulic mount. The entire ballasting process only takes a few seconds, and the operator doesn’t even need to leave the cab.

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The EZ Ballast system is located on the underbelly of the cab, where it distributes weight evenly, without taking up precious linkage space. It was just one of John Deere’s award-winning innovations on display at Agritechnica ’15 in Hanover, Germany.

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