John Deere announces updates to its 7R and 8R tractors for 2021

John Deere has announced several updates and additions to its lineup of 7R and 8R tractors for the 2021 model year, with deliveries starting in November.

The new 7R 350 from John Deere has a 20 horsepower increase over the largest MY20 7R tractor and has a base weight of 24,700 pounds. It comes standard with Triple Link Suspension and Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). It can be ordered with CommandPRO controls for precise speed control and easy implement hookups.

“The new 7R 350 is the right choice for jobs that require significant power,” says product marketing manager for large tractors, Ryan Jardon. “Customers will benefit from the maneuverability and lighter footprint of the smaller chassis offered by this tractor. If you’re hauling slurry or forage or need to power large mowing and baling equipment, these tractors are an ideal fit,” he says in a press release.

Good news for baler operators, the addition of LSB Ride Control compensates for the rocking motion of the baler plunger by modulating the IVT, improving your comfort. The ride control feature is available as a factory-installed option for MY21 on 7R tractors and is compatible with John Deer L331 or L341 large square balers, requiring a JD StarFire receiver.

John Deere will also make ActiveCommand Steering 2 available as a factory-installed option on the 7R and 8R tractors starting in 2021, replacing the original steering system, adding more features and capabilities. The update will reduce steering effort and will improve line holding during transport, the company says.

In addition to steering updates, low sidewall tires will also be an option on the three largest 8R tractors: the 8R 240, 370, and 410. “8R tractors require Independent Link Suspension to be equipped with low sidewall tires. This combination provides outstanding ride quality with all the benefits of a single tire and a large footprint, such as decreased compaction, in a narrow transport package,” says Jardon.

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