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New Power From John Deere

More horsepower along with meeting new federal Tier 3 emission standards is how John Deere positions its flashy new 8030 series line of tractors.

You'll now be able to choose from eight new 8030 series 180-355 hp tractors with the new PowerTech Plus 9.0 liter, six-cylinder engines and 16-speed PowerShift transmissions. There's even an option to add the infinitely-variable transmission (IVT). The new IVT with right-hand reverser is base equipment on the 8530 tractor and optional on other 8030 series wheel tractors.

Models are available in two-wheel drive, mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD), MFWD with independent link suspension, and track configurations.

“With more power, improved engine response, and up to a 43% pto torque rise, the operator will get more efficient performance from these engines,” says Cory Reed, factory marketing manger at Waterloo Tractor Works.

Engine efficiency has also been enhanced with a new cooling package, including the patented Vari-Cool fan drive and cooling system. The mechanical-type fan runs only at the necessary speed to meet the cooling requirements of the tractor. The tractor hood has also been designed to vent and blow heat away from the tractor, not toward the cab or ground.

So far, John Deere studies show that the new 8030 series tractors provide a 2-5% reduction in fuel consumed when compared with the models they replace, Reed says.

Deere also beefed up the 8030s with components that are heavier-duty than those in the 8020s. A new hydraulic system has redesigned hydraulic pump circuits, two filters and a 1,500-hour service interval. The new system increases hydraulic oil flow at lower engine rpm, which adds responsiveness for all hydraulic functions and improves steering, especially with front dual wheels.

The new tractors come with a category 4 narrow three-point hitch with a convertible category 4 narrow (convertible to category 3) quick coupler to allow operators to adapt to strip-till or no-till practices that use heavier implements and seeding tools.

The new tractors feature the large CommandView cab for operator comfort, control and visibility. And, the optional ActiveSeat suspension system adjusts 200 times per second to drastically reduce excessive seat movement for the operator.

New to the 8030 series are the optional GreenStar Display (GSD) 2100 or 2600 color monitors that show tractor functions designed with push-button controls. The GSD also operates guidance systems such as GreenStar AutoTrac, which is fully compatible and integrated with the 8030 series tractors.

Prices for the new 8030 tractors range from $118,454 to $216,265. For more information, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit

New models include:

Model pto-hp
8130 (2SD/MFWD/ILS) 180
8230 (MFWD/ILS) 200
8330 (MFWD/ILS) 225
8430 (MFWD/ILS) 250
8530 (ILS only) 275
8230T (Track) 200
8330T (Track) 235
8430T (Track) 255
(MFWD: Mechanical Front Wheel Drive)
(ILS: Independent Link Suspension)

Combine Improvements

The 60 series STS combines now come with a new “bullet” rotor for increased threshing performance. In addition, they have a new design for improved engine air flow and a higher torque feederhouse drive for improved feeding.

John Deere says rotor power requirements are reduced and material handling is improved by as much as 20% in tough, small grain conditions.

New Stalk Chopper For Combine

To reduce extra field passes with a rotary or flail shredder, John Deere introduces a new StalkMaster corn head chopping system. “The StalkMaster efficiently sizes and chops cornstalks to create an even residue mat in the field,” says Kelly Granatier, marketing manager at John Deere Harvester Works.

Refuge Plus System

For Bt corn growers who are looking to plant refuges with an efficient seeding system, John Deere now offers a Refuge Plus option for all Central Commodity System (CCS) planters.

A third tank has been added to CCS which allows growers to plant two different seed varieties at the same time. The Refuge Plus tank has a 25-bu. capacity and makes it possible to plant the non-Bt refuge corn while planting regular Bt corn.

Growers can fill the CCS tanks with the appropriate seed and then plant strip refuges, on-the-go, while seeding their normal Bt corn.

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