John Deere Expands 6 Family of Tractors
For 2015, John Deere is rolling out 6D tractors with two new transmission options and 6R tractors with increased hydraulics and horsepower plus some cab upgrades similar to the larger horsepower tractors. The changes are designed to enhance the operational capabilities of these models across a range of 105 to 215 hp.
6D Series Tractors
To provide more speeds within each working range, the 6D now comes standard with a 12/12 PowrReverser, or you can upgrade to the 24/12 PowrReverser. These transmissions allow you to shift on the fly and keep engine rpm constant for PTO-driven equipment, such as rotary cutters or balers.
The 6D will continue to be offered with a single fluid Tier 4 interim engine. The lineup includes four models: 6105D, 6115D, 6130D, and 6140D.
6R Series Tractors
The most exciting upgrade to the 6R tractors, according to Brad Tolbert, marketing manager for John Deere, is the expanded hydraulic capacity. The tractors feature 41-gpm pumps and a new hydraulic valve stack with up to six selective control valves. Visibility is improved to the rear valves, and new remote rear couplers, like those found on the 7R and 8R tractors, make it easier to attach and detach implements.
The three new models in the lineup – the 6175R, 6195R, and 6215R – all receive five extra horsepower over the current 6R models. These higher spec machines feature Tier 4 Final engines with Intelligent Power Management, which automatically provides up to a 40-hp. boost when the load calls for it. John Deere’s IVT transmission is available with new overdrive that maintains transport speeds at lower rpm to reduce fuel costs and noise.
Inside the cab, there is a new CommandARM with a standard 7-inch (10-inch optional) Generation 4 CommandCenter touch-screen display consistent with the display in the 7R and 8R models. A 30° right-hand swivel seat and wide-angle mirrors have been added to allow better visibility to rear implements.
“We’ve given the 6Rs many of the same features and platforms as our larger tractors to make it easier when switching between different machines,” says Tolbert. “That way operators don’t have to relearn the controls or adjust implement hookups.”