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John Deere W170 Windrower John Deere
MORE POWER: The new John Deere W170 Windrower cuts canola.

New windrower can handle big canola crops

John Deere’s new W170 Windrower provides a 20% increase in productivity.

John Deere is targeting small grain and canola growers with its new W170 Windrower and draper headers.

During benchmarking studies in heavy crop conditions, the W170 Windrower showed a 20% productivity gain over the W155 Windrower.

"With 46 inches of ground clearance and 12-inch wider walking beams (than previous models), tall windrows can flow easily beneath the machine’s frame and are corralled by a new swath compressor," says Nick McKelvey, John Deere marketing manager for windrowers. "The swath compressor forms loose crop into a tight, uniform windrow, making it easier for a combine to pick up, eliminating the need for a canola roller."

The W170 has a John Deere 4.5L engine that produces 12% more horsepower than the W155 model. The engine is paired with a higher-capacity variable-speed fan that can be reversed, which makes it easier to clean. It has a transport speed of about 27 mph, the highest in the industry. The W170 also can be equipped with John Deere AutoTrac guidance.

Seven draper headers are available in 15- to 45-foot widths. The 30- to 45-foot drapers have belts that are 8 inches deeper and provide 30% more capacity than previous belts.

Programmable one-touch return buttons simplify header height control, tilt, knife speed and reel operation. A belt slip warning helps operators stay ahead of potential problems such as plugging. Single side hydraulic hookups make connecting or removing the header easier when it’s time to move to the next field or to change crops.

The cab is 6-inch wider cab W155 models and is quieter and more comfortable, McKelvey says. "Two trim levels for the cab are available and include a leather seat and telescoping steering," he says. "For working at night, the new W170 Windrower has eight LED lights that provide 360-degree visibility."

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Source: John Deere

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