Deere Announces Model Year 2019 Updates for 9R Tractors
A number of new features have been added to the 9R family of John Deere tractors for the 2019 model year. The updates are designed to bring both technology and performance enhancements to the company’s largest line of tractors.
New Track Spacing
A 120-inch track spacing is now available on four models in the 9R lineup. This wider option for 9470RX, 9520RX, 9570RX, and 9620RX tractors equipped with 30- and 36-inch tracks will be attractive for farmers concerned about compaction or stability.
“The extra-wide stance of this machine is ideal for customers wanting to control traffic patterns and enhance stability on hilly terrain,” says Tiffany Turner, product marketing manager, large tractors for John Deere. “A wider stance also makes it easier to perform daily maintenance and service plus it offers hassle-free material cleanout.”
Farmers needing a three-point hitch should note the 120-inch track spacing is not compatible. If a three-point hitch is required, a customer must select the 87-inch track spacing with 30-inch tracks.
Hydraulic Intelligent Power Management
An optional factory- or field-installed Hydraulic Intelligent Power Management system has been designed to enhance tractor performance when operating implements that require continuous hydraulic power. This is the first time this kit has been offered.
“Hydraulic IPM is specifically designed for air seeding operators using large drills and air carts on their farms,” Turner says. “Hydraulic IPM provides an extra 25 hp. in gears five through 18 and adds 50 more horsepower in gears one through four, enabling the tractor to pull heavy loads through tough conditions.”
In addition to the model year 2019 9R tractors, hydraulic IPM is retrofittable back to 2015 John Deere 9620R Ag Tractors and back to 2016 9620RX Ag Tractors. This upgrade requires a 115-gallon-per-minute dual hydraulic pump and cannot be combined with a three-point hitch.
Generation 4 CommandCenter
The new 2019 John Deere 9R, 9RT, and 9RX tractors also come with a factory-installed Generation 4 CommandCenter 18-1 Software update.
“This is a new approach to our Generation 4 CommandCenter software,” explains Kyle Kirchhoff, senior marketing representative for large tractors at John Deere. “It includes several guidance and automation activations loaded onto the display from the factory.”
A company press statement explains, “A CommandCenter AutoTrac activation comes with the MY 2019 update and provides a nontransferrable, machine-specific AutoTrac functionality on the integrated Gen 4 Command Center. The previously available Command Center Premium Activation will be discontinued and replaced with the 4600 CommandCenter Premium Activation 3.0 or 4600 CommandCenter Automation 1.0.”
“AutoTrack guidance is include in base equipment on these tractors. AutoTrac has been shown to reduce operator fatigue, save fuel by reducing overlap, and help you work more acres in less time,” says Turner.
A video on Deere’s website says studies have shown AutoTrac pays for itself in two years.
Price and Availability
The 9R, 9RT, and 9RX tractors are built in Waterloo, Iowa. Kirchhoff says pricing will be announced soon but did not provide further detail. Ordering for the model year 2019 tractors opened June 15, 2018. Visit johndeere.com or talk to your local dealer to learn more.