John Deere is offering an in-cab solution to view AutoTrac automated guidance information for its 5R and 6M utility tractors. The addition of the corner post screen means farmers can purchase the hands-free steering component without the complexity of integrating full screens in the cab.
“If you’re considering buying or leasing a new John Deere utility tractor and want to add AutoTrac, but are worried about the expense or complexity, worry no more,” says Lyle McMillan, marketing manager for John Deere.
John Deere 5R or 6M tractors ordered with the corner post display require a John Deere StarFire receiver and an AutoTrac activation. Once the setup process is finished, operators can start using hands-free steering immediately.
“We know price and ease of use are important considerations if you’re thinking about adding a guidance system to your tractor or other machines. Integrating AutoTrac on the corner-post display gives you an affordable and simple way to use straight-line guidance without needing to buy a separate display,” McMillan adds. “However, if you want more advanced guidance capabilities for your tractor, and if you want to add precision ag solutions like Section Control and on-screen mapping, other John Deere displays and activations can be purchased.”
Other updates on the 5R include: an optional 16/16 CommandQuad automatic transmission that automatically selects the gear and engine speed for optimized fuel efficiency, category II hook-style draft links and centre link are another new options that provides convenient implement hookup without the need for a quick hitch, plus more tire options to choose from with the addition of large 540/65R38 or 600/65R34 sizes.
For the 6M model, John Deere is offering its Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) for speed control or those that prefer an automatic transmission. The IVT includes AutoClutch that operators can use to quickly brake and stop the tractor without using the clutch. Customers who want to boost hydraulic flow on select 6M tractors to quickly raise and lower or power large implements or attachments now have an option to choose a hydraulic pump that’s larger than the standard pump, John Deere says.
John Deere says that 5R tractors can be ordered immediately. The 6M tractors will be available for order by late June.