Machinery Journal - Mid-November 2019

For 2020, John Deere is introducing an industry first: the all-new 8RX, a fixed-frame, four-track tractor. ( John Deere )

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.

The new 8RX is part of a new eight-family tractor lineup John Deere now offers, which includes the 8R and 8RT tractors.

Each tractor in the lineup comes standard equipped with an integrated Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter display, StarFire 6000 integrated receiver and AutoTrac activation. Additional premium or automation activations are available. 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 lineup, also offers an all-new, larger cab. These cabs include:

  • an extra 2" of headroom and a 24% wider entry path.
  • exclusive leather seat with electronic adjustment, heating, ventilation and massage features.
  • smartphone integration with a 6.5" touchscreen and multispeaker system.
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel, footrests and a carpeted floor mat.

In addition, three visibility packages are offered: select, premium and ultimate. The ultimate package features 22 work LED and eight convenience LED lights. This gives an operator 360 degrees of lighting coverage while working on or servicing their equipment. The ultimate package also comes with electric, heated and telescopic mirrors; wipers and sunshades on the front, right-hand side and rear; and integrated front and rear cameras.

“These updated tractors are the most intelligent, comfortable and dependable tractors we have ever produced,” Lee says.

Shipments of the new tractors are expected to begin next summer.

To see a video of the new John Deere 8RX, visit