Deere offers brand new crop of tractors for 2012

  • 19-Jul-2011 09:21 EDT

Features of Deere's all-new 7R Series tractors include a new chassis that allows the operator to ballast the tractor for hayfields or cornfields, a front hitch and PTO, six rear SCVs, and increased hitch-lift and hydraulic capacities.

According to Deere, its focus during the design of the completely new 7R Series was increased power, versatility, fuel capacity, lift capacity, and improved operator comfort. The company says the tractors represent the "next generation of power in an easy-to-operate, performance-driven row-crop tractor."

The tractors are equipped with "customer-driven features" including the new Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) and Command Quad (CQ) transmissions. CQs offer automated range shifting and push-button controls. That transmission has what Deere has labeled an Efficiency Manager, a fuel-saving feature that maintains a ground speed with the lowest rpms possible for a given condition. The fully automatic IVT is said to deliver a better overall performance at lower rpms.

Larger tires and improved power ratings, via Interim Tier 4 PowerTech engines, allow the 7Rs to handle tillage, planting, haying, loader work, and other tough farm chores. The 7200R and 7251R use the PowerTech PSX 6.8-L engine, while the 7230R, 7260R, and 7280R are equipped with a PowerTech PVX 9.0-L engine.

The 7R Tractors have 30% more fuel capacity and 23% greater hitch-lift capacity compared to their large-frame 7030 series predecessors. In addition, this new series has an optional integrated front hitch and PTO so producers can easily operate front-driven equipment such as triple-mounted mower-conditioners, snow blowers, and a wide range of other attachments. For rear-driven equipment, a new three-speed economy PTO with power-assist PTO shifting is an available fuel-saving option.

Inside the cab, engineers designed a roomier CommandView II Cab for improved visibility for the operator to the drawbar. The 7Rs have an optional touch-screen video-capable CommandCenter Display.

The 7R models can be equipped with the advanced ActiveCommand Steering (ACS), which is said to "deliver the ultimate in precise steering control, especially at transport speeds." Another available option is an adaptive hydraulic cab suspension system that reads multiple tractor inputs, including operator preferences and changing terrain, to automatically adjust the suspension for an improved ride.

Other new features include the availability of up to six SCVs (selective control valves) for greater hydraulic versatility and the addition of right-hand steps to make it more convenient to access the right side of the tractor.

Deere emphasizes that what customers will not find on the tractors is an external exhaust treatment filter. The 7R tractors are designed with the exhaust treatment filter under the hood, streamlining the overall look of these tractors while increasing overall power and performance.

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