Deere adds narrow tracks for row crops


John Deere has introduced three new narrow track tractors the company says are an ideal fit for row crop farming.

The new editions to the 9RX tractor lineup made their debut at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Equipped with a narrow undercarriage, the four-track tractors will fit 22, 30 and 40-inch row crop applications.

Tiffany Turner, product marketing manager for John Deere, says the three models are available with 420, 470 or 520 hp to easily handle high-speed planters, nutrient application bars, large grain carts or other high horsepower needs.

In this video, Turner explains that the narrow undercarriage tractor can be fitted with available 18 or 24-inch tracks and set to a track spacing of 80, 88 or 120 inches.

“When a 9RX narrow track tractor is utilized in a row-crop setting there are only two track paths going down the row instead of the tracks made by tractors equipped with duals or triples,” says Turner. “Narrow track tractors can reduce the negative agronomic effects on pinch rows, reduce soil compaction and minimize soil disturbance for greater yield potential.”

A roomy, well-equipped CommandView III cab on the 9RX narrow track features four-corner cab suspension with four inches of travel and ActiveCommand steering, providing operators with day-long comfort in the field.

The matched, full-width mid-rollers reduce pressure, heat and wear, and extend wear life of the tracks, notes Turner. Rubber isolators and oscillating mid-rollers minimize cab vibration and provide an ultra-smooth ride.

Inside the tractor cab, machine functions are easily monitored and controlled using the integrated Gen 4 CommandCenter display.

Deere says they’ll begin production on the narrow track machines in January 2018.

Click here for more coverage of Farm Progress Show 2017.

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