July 03, 2023

Energy Efficiency: How John Deere 8600i SPFH Brings Higher Profit


Reliability, cutting performance and cost of operation are the three most important factors when choosing a new forager. Better reliability means more uptime. Precision cutting brings more value to your customers. And lower cost of operation delivers more profitability.

John Deere’s 8000 Series forage harvesters are built for a simple purpose: To help you produce more high-quality silage more efficiently – with reliably superior cutting performance at the lowest possible cost of operation.

This was demonstrated in public, as the John Deere Self-Propelled Forage Harvester 8600i (model year 2023) was awarded the DLG APPROVED quality mark on the individual test criterium “Functionality and quality of work in silage maize” during the past 2022 harvest season.

The DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft: German Agricultural Society) is an expert organization in the fields of agriculture, agribusiness, and food sector and its test methods, test profiles, and quality seals hold a leading position in testing and certifying equipment for agricultural industry and are highly acclaimed around the world.

In the test which focused on the overall machine efficiency, John Deere 8600i’s achieved throughputs of up to 239 tonnes of fresh mass per hour (at nominal 12 mm LOC) with low fuel rates of 0.47 to 0.55 litres per tonne of harvested material, demonstrating that the machine was able to deliver its potential in the prevailing test conditions.

Then, let’s find out what makes John Deere SPFH 8600i save costs and increase efficiency:  

How John Deere 8600i SPFH Saves Costs and Increases Efficiency

1. The John Deere 13.5L engine, which has a maximum of 625 hp, has a stable power output. Thanks to its longitudinal arrangement, which on one hand, reduces hot air circulation to bring excellent cooling efficiency. On the other hand, it reduces the speed of the cooling fan with less power consumption, so that it could improve the overall power performance of the engine.

2. ProDrive™ transmissions in combination with engine speed management reduces fuel consumption during field operations by up to 18.9%*

* 18.9% is derived from DLG's 2009 tests on German farms, and the actual results may vary slightly depending on the plot conditions, crop conditions, driving habits, etc.

3. In addition, the low-resistance wear-resistant crop flow system makes the crop flow much smoother, which can further improve throughput.

4. The whole machine weight is reduced by 800 kg compared to the previous generation, further reducing fuel consumption.


* To view the full report from DLG on John Deere 8600i forage harvester, click here.

** For more information about John Deere’s SPFH 8600i or any other products, you can contact your local John Deere dealers or leave your inquiry through our Contact us form.