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New John Deere cotton picker delivers dependable performance

With an all new, roomier cab, more convenient controls, and improved front visibility; the new John Deere 9986 Cotton Pickers not only deliver dependable performance, but more operator comfort and convenience.

An 8.1L PowerTech engine delivers 325 horsepower that increases harvesting performance in high-yielding cotton and tough field conditions. A 7 percent Power Boost (up to 348 horsepower) is delivered when compacting cotton, to add even more power when needed.

More productivity

The picker also offers more productivity with an automatic compaction augering system that efficiently fills the basket more completely. Three compacting augers pack a dense payload for longer on-row time between dumps. The augers are activated automatically when the basket is nearly full, or can be engaged from the cab with a foot switch.

Two independent hydro systems assure full power to the picking units and ground drives. With the picker's lower overall weight and well-balanced design, it can perform at a higher level than other heavier units that require extra power. These factors combine to deliver maximum performance under varying conditions.

Additionally, the 9986 Cotton Picker features an all-new ComfortCommand cab with CommandTouch controls designed for operator comfort and convenience.

Larger bearings

Larger bearings and more durable shafts add to the stronger design of the new heavy-duty row unit gearboxes. The new gearboxes also use hydraulic oil and come with a convenient sight glass for easy service.

New heavy-duty final drives give the 9986 pickers added strength to harvest with six-row units in all field conditions. A larger 110-mm output shaft with an optimized induction heat treat pattern is twice as strong in critical areas of the shaft and allows the use of eight-inch spacers to spread the duals on 38 and 40-inch row spacings for true 38-inch wheel spacing.

Another important feature on the new picker is a standard equipment basket lid extension. This gives the basket more capacity (1,400 cubic feet), making it even more productive in the field.

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