For 2020, John Deere is introducing an industry first—the all-new 8RX, a fixed-frame, four-track tractor.
With the turning characteristics of wheel tractors, the 8RX delivers the pulling performance of tracks by providing more surface area of contact, less ground pressure and less slip than wheel tractors, according to Tammy Lee, marketing manager, production agriculture for John Deere.
John Deere will offer a wide range of track and axle configurations, tread-spacing options and belt widths for the 8RX tractors. (Watch the video at the bottom of the page for more details on the 8RX.)
The new 8RX is part of a new, eight-family tractor lineup that Deere now offers, which includes the 8R and 8RT tractors. Lee says every 8 family tractor will leave the factory fully supported with the latest technology.
Each tractor in the 8 family is standard-equipped with an integrated Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter display, StarFire 6000 integrated receiver and AutoTrac activation. Additional premium or automation activations are available, so farmers can upgrade and choose the level of accuracy they prefer. A full suite of John Deere technology is included for the seamless integration of automation, documentation and connectivity through the John Deere operations center.
The 8RX, and every other tractor in the 8 family, also offers an all-new, larger cab, the largest John Deere has ever offered and includes an extra 2” of headroom and a 24-percent wider entry path. The new cab includes an exclusive new leather seat with electronic adjustment, heating, ventilation and massage features, and smartphone integration with a 6.5-inch (16.5 cm) touchscreen and multi-speaker system. Also included in the cab are a leather-wrapped steering wheel, footrests and a carpeted floor mat.
In addition, three visibility packages are offered—select, premium and ultimate—for farmers interested in the 8 family of tractors. For more efficient nighttime operation, the ultimate package features 22 work LED and eight convenience LED lights, twice as many lights as current models. This gives an operator 360 degrees of lighting coverage while working on or servicing their equipment. The ultimate package also comes with electric, heated, telescopic mirrors; wipers and sunshades on the front, right-hand side and rear; and integrated front and rear cameras.
For 8R tractors, Lee said John Deere started with the most popular row-crop tractors on wheels in North America and made them better. “These updated tractors are the most intelligent, comfortable and dependable tractors we have ever produced,” Lee said.
Ordering and pricing information for the 8RX and other 8 family tractors will be available yet this year for 2020. Shipments of the 8 family of tractors are expected to begin next summer. For more information, visit JohnDeere.com or see your local dealer.