If minimum soil disturbance is a priority for you, there is no way around the 8RX. It’s ideal for difficult sidehill terrain and soil types. Plus, you’ll benefit from maximum operating windows.
Dry years require a healthy soil structure that can store every drop of rainfall so crops can develop and have access to water. That’s only possible if wet years are managed properly. However, time windows in wet years can be very small, and timing becomes critical for plant growth and crop quality. That makes it crucial to have a true specialist on your team that causes minimal soil disturbance while pulling large implements. Compared to two-track designs, the 8RX is much less susceptible to certain soil types, delivers outstanding sidehill traction plus stability, and causes no soil berming when turning.
Designed for maximum soil protection in all conditions, the 8RX stands for powerful performance that’s kind to your fields. A 4,57-m² 49.2-sq ft) ground contact area is benchmark in this horsepower class. Even fully ballasted, the static ground pressure at the rear is as little as 36 kPa (5.2 psi). Soil berming at the headland is almost not existent, although the turning radius is even smaller than on an 8R Wheel Tractor.
Engine specifications in marketing materials can be deceiving. What matters is the power that is transmitted to the ground and to the power take-off (PTO), accounting for the natural losses along the whole drivetrain.
John Deere transmissions have extremely low power losses. The PowerShift™ and e23™ transmissions are purely mechanically driven. Also, with the AutoPowr™ transmission, the losses are minimal as the hydrostatic power flow is very small in the main working ranges.
Maintaining the 94 percent overall tractor efficiency benchmark of the previous 8R Series was a priority for the design of the updated 8R.*
*DLG Test 9/2016, Test Nr. 2016-00253, www.dlg.org/; figures do not include boost
John Deere builds and tunes engines for optimal performance in the most demanding agricultural applications. It’s what the engines stand for, and it is what John Deere is known for.
The power decal on the hood merely shows the rated engine power. However, unlike many other tractors, John Deere engines deliver a torque rise of up to 40 percent and an outstanding power bulge of around 10 percent in the field. This maximum power is always available under all conditions. Plus, if extra loads occur suddenly and the engine rpm drops a little, the torque continues to increase, and you stay within the constant power range. This makes for the tremendous pulling power John Deere engines stand for.
On the road or in power take-off (PTO) applications, the engine’s Intelligent Power Management can yet again unleash an extra boost of 26.1 kW (35 hp).
The 16-speed PowerShift transmission is available for the wheeled models up to the 8R 340, with 16 forward and five reverse speeds for efficient and reliable gear shifting in tough field work.
First introduced in 1994, the PowerShift transmission delivers the strength to handle sudden, high-torque power loads while maintaining responsive, application-based shifting.
The speeds are carefully spaced for optimal engine power and torque utilization and to allow the operator to select the appropriate gear for maximum fuel economy and productivity. The transmission provides six gears between 4 and 12 km/h (2.5 and 7.5 mph) to always ensure the optimal gear/rpm combination.
The fully mechanical e23 transmission is engineered to deliver maximum efficiency and robustness for real arable farming. The Efficiency Manager™ feature allows you to pre-set the ground speed and then sets the engine to the optimum rpm for saving fuel by automatically shifting up and throttling back.
In Custom mode, Eco allows two minimum engine speeds to be set. Operators can turn Eco on or off with the Eco button on the throttle or in the transmission settings page of the CommandCenter™ display.
Top field performance comes in the form of ten gears in the main working range from 5 to 16 km/h (3.1 to 10 mph), providing the ideal gear for the most demanding of pulling applications.
AutoPowr lets you accelerate smoothly from start-up to maximum speed with a single lever and absolutely no clutching. Just choose a specific speed and AutoPowr keeps it steady by automatically responding to changing load conditions.
There are four modes available in AutoPowr, including Full Auto, Custom, Manual, and Pedal mode, which enables you to control ground speed separately from the engine speed.
Designed and built exclusively by John Deere, the four-range AutoPowr transmission ensures 55 to 100 percent mechanical power flow for ultimate tractor efficiency and maximum power to the ground. Less hydraulic power transfer also means lower oil cooling requirements – a further efficiency boost.
Achieve low transport application costs with top speeds of 40 km/h (25 mph) at 1360 rpm and 50 km/h (31 mph) at 1630 rpm.
Mastering the power of the 8R Series Tractors is simple with the CommandPRO joystick and its 11 reconfigurable buttons. It’s the ultimate operator interface for making every workday more comfortable and productive.
In full control:
Reducing setup time for all your applications, the Settings Manager allows you to save machine settings as well as configuration settings for the electronic joystick and CommandPRO. Instantly access the individual settings for implements or operators and be productive from the moment you take the wheel.
Your health and well-being are critical productivity factors. When the space around you feels restricted, so do you, and that’s not when your best work happens. That’s why the cab is even bigger and has an extra 5 cm (2 in.) of headroom.
Premium comfort means premium features. Rest and relax your feet and legs on the foot rests located to the left and right of the steering column and on the right side of the cab. Combined with luxurious seat features, these are the thoughtful details that make long days feel shorter.
Improved air conditioning system
To keep you cooler on hot days and your windows clear in cold weather, air flow is improved in the cab by relocating the air conditioning system under the seat and making temperature adjustments twice as fast.
The large-capacity, 11-L (671-cu in.) refrigerator gives you ample storage for even the longest of days. Since the inlay is removable, it’s easy to clean and stock ahead of time when you’re planning your workday.
Shut the door behind you in an 8R, and it’s a whole new story. The fresh, comfort-first design features only premium finishes and exclusive materials for the ultimate tractor operator experience.
Features of the updated 8R cab:
The lean steering column, narrow hood, and large glass areas provide you a view to the outside which is a benchmark in this segment.
If you operate at night, the updated light-emitting diode (LED) light package provides 60 percent more lumen output than its predecessor and delivers a coverage area which is second to none. These lights are integrated all around the cab roof for true 360-degree, daylight-quality, high-contrast lighting that can be individually controlled in the CommandCenter™ display.
Activated from a switch at the cab entry steps, the convenience lights illuminate the immediate surroundings of the tractor to make sure you can perform tasks like refuelling or changing implements easily and safely during nighttime.
The integrated front and rear cameras provide a safe and convenient view of the front and rear of the tractor. That makes it easy to couple implements and adds safety on busy roads and farms.
Forget that uncomfortable body twist and see more in greater comfort when you rotate the seat by up to 40 degrees for a perfect view of your implements. You’ll definitely feel the difference after a day of work. The swivel to the left was also increased to 25 degrees to make cab access as easy as possible as well as to increase the view to the left (for example, when driving next to a forage harvester).
Enjoy less back muscle stress and better posture with easier breathing from a super comfortable seat that feels amazing and keeps you relaxed and alert all day long.
The ActiveSeat II* uses quick-reaction electric suspension technology to isolate you from up to 90 percent of vertical movements. Enjoy superior ride-quality in the roughest of conditions.
*NOTE: Not available with cab suspension; only for wheel machines.
The seat comes with a wealth of features. Electrical controls, pneumatic lumbar adjustments, and seat heating are just the start. A number of luxury features that are first in the industry make it absolutely unique.
The 16,5-cm (6,5-in.) state-of-the-art digital touchscreen radio works with the Apple CarPlay® feature and gives you a multitude of entertainment options.
Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone® mobile device when driving. Leverage Siri® voice control or use the integrated tractor controls to do what you want. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road and in the field.
Get ready for your jaw to drop. The 8R has a 6.1 channel audio system with a powerful subwoofer designed by high-end audio specialists.
Your music comes alive with rich detail, vibrant energy, and a punchy bass that might make the tractor cab your favourite place to listen to music. As for the practical side of things, you get all the bells and whistles you expect, including a touchscreen and DAB+ (digital audio broadcasting).
Apple CarPlay, iPhone, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc.
The 8R Series makes sophisticated agricultural technology easy to operate. Everything is within reach and the touchscreen CommandCenter™ display with shortcuts and context-sensitive help makes navigation as easy as it gets.
With a 21.3-cm (8.4-in.) touchscreen and one video input, John Deere’s standard display, the 4200 CommandCenter, is already one of the most advanced in the industry. Upgradable to the Gen 4 Premium activation, it comes with full Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) ISOBUS certification, Remote Display Access (RDA), and Wireless Data Transfer (WDT) connectivity to the John Deere Operations Center.
The optional 4600 CommandCenter features a 26.4-cm (10.4-in.) touchscreen, four video inputs, the option to connect to the Extended Monitor, and the possibility to upgrade to the Gen 4 Ultimate Activation to enable the full range of advanced precision agriculture applications.
Reducing setup time for all your different applications, the Settings Manager allows you to save all your machine settings, such as engine, selective control valves (SCVs), and rear hitch, as well as configuration settings for CommandPRO™ control and the electronic joystick.
The Gen 4 Extended Monitor doubles the screen area so you can monitor more functions at once and have direct access to make adjustments when needed. For example, you can view vehicle control functions on your primary display and Precision Ag applications on the Extended Monitor.
The electronic joystick is completely reconfigurable and can control all SCVs, the front hitch, and even ISOBUS functions. All settings can be saved and reloaded in the Settings Manager.
ISOBUS – AEF certified
With Universal Terminal (UT), you can operate your implements, and Task Controller Section Control (TC-SC) allows individual control of up to 255 sections. While TC-BAS enables documentation of totals in ISOXML data format, TC-GEO adds the capability for geo-referenced ISOXML documentation. AUX-N provides universal compatibility to the tractor joystick.
The choice is yours. John Deere’s StarFire™ 6000 Integrated Receiver builds up full signal accuracy quicker than ever, comes factory calibrated, and is equipped with theft-prevention features. If you’re looking for portability between machines, the universal StarFire 6000 Receiver gives you that option. Whichever you choose, you’ll be working with a leading precision farming solution.
Save yourself the cost of an extra Mobile RTK Modem and the monthly fee for a SIM card data plan by running the John Deere Mobile RTK Signal via the in-base integrated JDLink™ system.
AutoTrac boosts your productivity while reducing input cost on fuel, fertilizer, and chemicals and adding enormous comfort. Even in challenging conditions such as low visibility (e.g., at night or in dust or fog) or rolling terrain, your field is always being worked with flawless accuracy to ensure ideal crop spacing. Once you have experienced the benefits of AutoTrac, you will never want to go back.
John Deere does not just give you a guidance system. You get a full offboard solution on top and for free. It gets your operators into the right fields, enables them to start work in the field quicker, and ensures consistent data (e.g., boundaries and guidance lines) across displays in a fully automated fashion while your data is backed up at all times.
New field boundaries can be easily imported from a subsidy application portal or farm management software via shapefile. You can also draw them online or modify any existing boundaries, which is a great help for first-time field localisation, especially if you contract or use seasonal employees.
You can wirelessly send all data to the machines you select at the push of a button, eliminating time-consuming and error-prone manual set up on multiple displays in the field. When you approach a new field, the related client, farm, and field data will automatically be detected. Upon confirmation, the boundaries are loaded, and the preferred guidance line can be chosen from a pre-populated list.
Wireless data transfer is the easiest way to have accurate and actual data updated between the machine and office simultaneously.
*NOTE: Only during campaign timeframe.
The CommandCenter Premium Activation is your ticket to the benefits of site-specific farming, the flexibility that comes with ISOXML documentation, and AutoTrac™ Vision for camera-based guidance.
Upgrade to Section Control (TC-SC) to minimise skips and overlaps automatically on the go. Controlling up to 255 individual sections saves you significant money on fertilizer, chemicals, and seed.
The Premium Activation not only features Data Sync for close to real-time documentation delivery to your office (updates every 30 seconds), it also brings you the full flexibility of ISOXML documentation data (TC-GEO) that allows you to route data to other farm management information software (FMIS) systems.
The John Deere Operations Center puts your farm in your pocket. Easy-to-understand, integrated tools support your agronomic decision making and help you get maximum yield and consistent quality from your soil at significantly reduced input costs. Plan your crop rotation and tasks for the upcoming season with a structured overview that will make it effortless to create display setup files and work orders. As the individual tasks are being completed, your documentation data is automatically uploaded from the in-cab display to your personal Operations Center account. From there, all operational details are easily visualised on a well-structured timeline anytime, anywhere, and from any internet-capable device, allowing you to view your mapping or compare different map layers like yield, dry matter, crop constituents, and application rates.
On top of all the Premium Activation features, you can also reap the benefits of AutoTrac™ Turn Automation, AutoTrac Implement Guidance – Passive, Machine Sync, and In-Field Data Sharing.
AutoTrac Turn Automation automatically controls the entire headland turn and manages all tractor and implement functions, including forward speed changes and power take-off (PTO) switching. The advanced solution raises or lowers linkages at exactly the right time and position in the field to guarantee perfectly consistent headland crop growth.
AutoTrac Implement Guidance – Passive solves a problem the single AutoTrac solution cannot: in uneven terrain and on slopes, the weight of your pull-type implement will cause it to drift. The results are quality-reducing gaps and overlaps. With a second receiver on the implement, regardless of the terrain, you can achieve highest precision standards in all your seeding, planting, and tillage operations.
In-Field Data Sharing lets you see coverage and as-applied maps for machines working in the same field at the same time. It’s how you can make sure that you get complete field coverage with multiple machines, even in low light and/or dusty conditions, while you reduce over-application, obtain more accurate documentation data, and lower input costs. They say that information is power, and it can certainly be profitable.
Machine Sync enables the global positioning system (GPS) based synchronisation of speed and steering between a combine and tractor with a grain cart or trailer during unloading in the field. This means even trailer filling without losses and reduced vehicle collision risk. In addition, it provides important logistics information such as grain fill tank level and combine position to allow operators to make informed decisions about the most direct route to the next destination.
The hydraulics in the 8R, 8RT, and 8RX Series Tractors give you more power than you need, the versatility you require, and the accuracy you always desired.
The CommandCenter™ system gives you precise control over individual selective control valve (SCV) flow rates and time detent. You can also control the hitch and SCV from the rear fender.
Up to six SCVs at the rear, up to two at the front, and power all the way up to a benchmark 321 L/min (84.8 gpm) drive even the largest implements at fuel-saving reduced rpm (227 L/min [60 gpm] at 1500 rpm).
Take-out capacity is 40 L (10.6 gal.) as standard and 90 L (23.8 gal.) with the optional auxiliary tank. The 1.9-cm (3/4-in.) high-flow coupler option delivers an outstanding flow rate of up to 160 L/min (42.3 gpm) to just this one output.
With PTO options like the 1000 and 1000E, 8R Series Tractors provide the versatility and flexibility needed to satisfy all implement demands at this power level.
For increased versatility, a 1000-rpm front PTO option is available from the factory for 8R Tractors equipped with the John Deere front hitch.
8R Series Tractors have a wide range of hitch and drawbar options available to combine their incredible pulling power with versatility across a wide variety of applications.
Optionally available, the iTEC™ compatible front hitch has a maximum lift capacity of 5200 kg (11,464 lb) at the hooks.
Hitch controls are located in the CommandCenter: electronic sensors relay information to the control module for fast and accurate corrections. Controls can also be accessed on the rear fender.
8R Series Tractors offer a variety of rear hitch options to complement application needs all the way up to 12,124 kg (26,729 lb) of pure lifting power.
The Category 4 drawbar guarantees maximum durability when handling the most demanding implements in any field application.