John Deere has released more details on its new S700 flagship combine range, including some sweeping changes in the cab and precision technology.
The S700 Series with encompass four-model lines, from the entry level S770 at 330kW (449hp) up to the flagship S790 with 454kW (617hp). All will carry the most advanced threshing settings Deere has offered to date.
All models will be fitted with a fourth generation 4600 screen that is currently available on John Deere’s 8R and 9R Series tractors. Lending some synergy to the fleet.
This replaces the outgoing 2630 screen with the updated Command Arm also implemented from existing Deere high-spec tractors.
Settings are adjusted through the actual touchscreen, along with a bank of hotkeys below for quick access to grain handling and header settings along with a stack of other options.
To keep things simple, there are four home screen pages that can be customised to the operator’s needs.
There is now a Command Pro joystick, which houses header, spout and Autotrac guidance functions for one-handed operation.
There are also five buttons on the rear that can be assigned to roles such as header tilt or extend.
S700 Series combines will also come standard with Integrated Combine Adjust. This provides advice on how to optimise the threshing performance.
There is also a further option to make this task fully automatic by fitting a ICA2 system. This automatically adjusts settings on the move by monitoring the crop, machine performance and matching forward speed to engine load.
Operators can tell the combine to make adjustments, if for instance grain quality is poor or a dirty sample is being returned, information can be tapped into the touchscreen and the combine will respond by making adjustments and monitoring the change in performance to make sure the problem is solved.
There are now four cameras on the combine – two live feed ones for the spout and grain tank, and two still-shot cameras on the returns and clean grain elevators.
Three weigh pads are positioned in the tank to record the weight of every load and when combined with the moisture levels, these give an accurate reading of the exact yield and information can be transferred to form yield maps.
A Draper 700 Series draper header in sizes of 7.6 to12.2m (are available for the S700 Series combines has a larger auger and improved seals to reduce losses of smaller seeds. A 10-15% increased output can be achieved when compared with a conventional header, while green and damp crops feed-in better.
Header sizes of 7.6m – 12.2m are available for the S series.