It may be a surprise to some, but John Deere introduced the
4020 tractor 50 years ago. The 4020 was the first John Deere tractor that
featured a power shift transmission.
At the recent John Deere media event, the 1963 4020 was
parked right next to a new 7R Series tractor that will be available to farmers
in 2014. The 7R tractors are equipped with the next generation of power shift
technology, the e23 Power Shift Transmission.
“The e23 combines the efficiency of a mechanical
transmission with the operational ease of IVT, giving our operators an easy to
use transmission with also lots of efficiencies,” said Melissa Reinhart, John
Deere marketing representative.
This new transmission has 23 equally spaced forward gears
and 11 reverse gears.
“Producers can choose from two modes that are speed
sensitive — custom or auto modes,” the John Deere spokesperson said. “And there
is a manual mode that is gear sensitive where you change gears just like a
traditional power shift transmission.”
The 7R Series includes five new models ranging from 210 to
290 engine horsepower, and the new cooling package on the tractors allows more
“There is a 15-percent increase in cooling capacity,” said
Kory Ross, John Deere marketing representative. “With the new design and larger
surface area, this allows us to slow down the fan speed on the radiator, which
requires less horsepower.”
According to Luke Gakstatter, vice president of sales and
marketing for John Deere’s agriculture and turf division in the U.S. and Canada,
the company is focused on adding value to producers’ operations with iron,
technology and data to provide distinctive value to them.
The three value drivers critically important to John Deere
are performance, uptime and cost of production.
“Our new products truly embody those three value drivers,”
the vice president stressed. “The new 7R and 8R series tractors with their final
tier 4 engines have more power, more comfort to the operator, more integrated
technology and they are more efficient.”
The John Deere 4 Series sprayers have been redesigned from
the ground up and the solution system from the tank to the tip.
“This is the first major redesign of sprayers in 15 years,”
said Brea Harms, product line manager for John Deere application equipment. “The
two new sprayers — R4030 and R4038 are designed for growers and commercial
applicators who are seeking a highly productive machine capable of delivering
The R4030 features an 800-gallon tank, and the R4038 is
equipped with a 1,000-gallon tank. In addition to the solution tank, the John
Deere sprayers have two 50-gallon tanks and one 35-gallon tank.
“The two larger tanks are tied together with one pump, and
the smaller tank also has a pump so the operator has the opportunity to put two
types of chemicals directly in the back of the sprayer,” the John Deere manager
explained. “The operator can have raw chemical injected directly into the center
of the boom and mix with what comes out of the solution tank across the spray
It is really neat to see the new pieces of John Deere
equipment up close. It is even better that the company during these media events
provides the opportunity for all the media representatives to take the tractors
for a short test drive and to sit in the cab of a self-propelled sprayer and
experience the ease and speed of extending and closing the 120-foot booms.
I think farmers will be excited about the improvements and
new features of the John Deere equipment.