6210R's transmission system aims to please
One of the tractors that was being tested by farmers and contractors at the Meath Farm Machinery open day was the new John Deere 6210R Direct Drive model.
Featuring a newly designed 24-speed transmission, this is the first time dual-clutch technology is available in a tractor setting.
Deere claims that significant fuel savings of up to 4pc, compared with currently available transmissions, have already been measured on the test facilities in Mannheim and during independent field tests.
"Direct Drive combines the handling comfort of an continuously variable shift transmission (CVT) with the power of a mechanical transmission," Ian Timmons explained.
"It has been designed to provide maximum efficiency for specific tasks and load conditions that require continuous power, such as ploughing and towing, PTO work and road transport," he added.
"We think this will appeal to Irish contractors in particular who are looking for an alternative to an CVT transmission.
"We describe it as being somewhere between the Power Quad and Auto Quad transmissions that Deere users will be familiar with."
Mr Timmons said the semi-automatic Direct Drive transmission system consists of eight powershift speeds in each of three ranges, which are designed for typical field applications. The system enables the driver to remain in the selected range for all relevant operations, so switching between ranges is rarely necessary.