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John Deere introduces four new tillage solutions for 2012

OLATHE, KANSAS (December 20, 2011) – For the 2012 tillage season, John Deere offers three new 2600 Series Disks and one new vertical tillage tool designed to provide everything from more muscle for penetrating, chopping and mixing soil and crop residue in a single pass to creating a uniform seedbed. The beefier new 2600 Series tillage lineup includes the 2625 Disk, 2623 Disk, 2620 Disk and 2623VT (Vertical Tillage).

According to Patrick Sikora, marketing manager at John Deere Des Moines Works, the 2600 Series Disks and 2623VT give customers more high performance, heavy-duty options when it comes to selecting the right tillage tools for their farming operations.

“Tillage preferences vary from farm to farm depending on a number of factors such as cropping programs, field topography, soil conditions and residue requirements,” Sikora says. “The new 2600 Series allows customers to match the right tillage tool – from a one-pass primary tillage disk to a seedbed finisher – while giving them plenty of versatility and years of durable performance.”

In addition, Sikora says that John Deere has built the 2600 Series Disks to even tougher industry standards, with a full 2-inch diameter gang bolt, increased weight per blade by 60 percent, and sealed maintenance-free bearings. All new models have innovative C-spring standards and hydraulic fore-aft leveling offered on base equipment that help provide more consistent tillage results in all types of field conditions.

The tillage workhorse in the 2600 Series lineup is the 2625 Disk. Designed to be a heavyweight primary tillage tool, the 2625 sizes and buries heavy corn and other crop residue, resulting in 30 percent or less residue cover on fields. The 2625 Disk comes in five different working widths from 23 ft. 7 in. to 40 ft. 8 in.  Like all 2600 Series tools, the 2625 Disk features the largest gang bolt in the industry and C-spring standards, plus 24- or 26-inch disk blades on either 9- or 11-inch spacings. The 2625 Disks provide a maximum working depth up to 8 inches and a minimum of 280 lbs. of weight per blade (with the base blade and spacing) to cut through the heaviest soils and crop residue.

The 2623 Disk is engineered for its dual flexibility as either a primary or secondary tillage tool. It features 24- and 26-inch disk blades set on 9-inch spacing, C-spring standards with weights per blade ranging from 201 to 243 lbs. depending on the selected blade size and width model.  It provides a working tillage depth of up to 6 inches, making it ideal for use in post-harvest residue chopping or preparing spring seedbeds for planting.

The 2623 Disk is available in 10 different widths ranging from 20 ft. 9 in. to the extra wide 49 ft. 3 in. model capable of covering large fields fast.

For customers looking for the ideal disk for tilling lighter soils and creating the ideal seedbed for planting, the 2620 Disk is designed to loosen the top 3 to 5 inches of soil. It features 22- or 24-inch blades on 7.25- or 9-inch spacings with weight per blade of 179 to 209 lbs. (base blade and spacing), which allows it to be customized to a producer’s soil type and planting practices. A harrow or rolling basket can easily be added to help break up clods and create a more consistent soil surface for planting. It comes in 10 different width models ranging from 20 ft. 9 in. to 49 ft. 3 in.

All three of these 2600 Disks have transport widths from 13 ft. 6 in. to 16 ft. 3 in., and transport heights from 10 ft. to 15 ft., depending on the specific width model.  Recommended field operating speeds range from 5 to 7 mph.

 New Vertical Tillage Tool: the 2623VT

For producers looking to size residue, mix residue and soil, and create a level soil profile, the new John Deere 2623VT offers the latest in technology and toughness with its unique angled gang and blade configuration. The front gang has 22-inch shallow concavity spherical blades on 7.25-in. spacings and is angled 21 degrees to provide maximum residue chopping while helping the blade maintain a sharp edge longer. The rear gang has 22-inch shallow concavity wavy blades on a 19-degree angle that helps anchor residue and aerate the soil. In the spring, the front and rear gang angles better intersect each other to create a more uniform, smoother seedbed for planting.

The John Deere 2623VT also features the industry-exclusive active hydraulic rolling basket that provides more consistent ground contact when used in tough field conditions or rolling terrain. The 2623VT is available in five different widths from 26 ft. 5 in. to 40 ft. 8 in. and can be operated at 7 to 10 mph to cover more acres in less time.

          John Deere’s Sikora says that the new 2600 Series is a great complement to Deere’s existing lineup of 225, 425 and 670 Offset Disks and is engineered to provide customers with years of reliable service in the field.

          For more information on the new 2600 Series Disks, visit your local John Deere dealer or visit

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