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John Deere's huge new 9RX four-track crawler tractor
John Deere's huge new 9RX four-track crawler tractor

Next week we will be reporting on all the latest launches from Germany's Agritechnica show in Hanover.

One of the biggest attractions will be John Deere's huge new 9RX four-track crawler tractor.

So far the new models have only been officially revealed to US punters, however a proper European launch is scheduled to take place at Agritechnica.

There will be a total of four models, ranging from 470hp to 620hp. The two smaller tractors will be powered by Deere's own 13.5-litre engines, while there will be a mouth-watering 15-litre Cummins engine in the big machines.

Deere will also be showing its top-of-the-range 8800 self-propelled forage harvester.

Three new models have been added to the range, which uses advanced technology to reduce crop losses and boost performance, including a new system for automated filling of trailers.

Deere claims the machines are designed to provide customers with up to 15pc more productivity, increased uptime, lower operating costs and faster, easier maintenance.

As well as the huge 845hp 8800, the range now includes the 490hp 8300 and 761hp 8700 models.

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Other advanced features on these machines include a GreenStar 2630 with touchscreen display.

Each model can also be equipped with HarvestLab, an advanced crop analysis and documentation system that uses constituent sensing to improve forage quality.

Full details next week.

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