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Change is all around these days. And for some, change is difficult. But when it comes in the form of machinery improvements to enhance productivity on the farm, change can quickly become a welcome transition.

According to John Deere's Jerry Griffith, the company has made a number of changes to its 9R and 9RT Series tractors over the 9030 Series. These 9 Series machines feature the latest in power, hydraulics, hitch, and PTO options, as well as cab comforts and controls.

“Beside the cosmetic changes, customers will see that Deere has made a lot of improvements to the 9 Series family of tractors. And those improvements contribute significantly to overall productivity in the field,” says Griffith.

Available for the 2012 season, the 9R and 9RT Series, which replace the 9030 Series, range from 360 to 560 engine horsepower and are designed for larger producers to tackle more acres in less time. Both 9 Series include five models with wheels and three with tracks.

9R Features

All models except the 9360R include John Deere's PowerTech PSX 13.5L engine. The 9360R model features a PowerTech PSX 9.0L engine. Both engines have inline six cylinders, four valves per head, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, electronic engine controls, and series turbochargers.

When it comes to transmissions, the 9360R, 9410R, and 9460R ag models come standard with 24-speed PowerSync manual shift.

An optional 18-speed PowerShift transmission with Efficiency Manager is available and comes standard with the track tractors, higher horsepower wheeled models, and scraper models. This version allows the tractor to operate at peak performance while maximizing fuel efficiency.

9RT Features

A new addition to Deere's Scraper Special family is the 9RT track configuration. A tow cable in base equipment, a level-one falling object protective structure (FOPS), full-featured hydraulic connections, and axle flats for better hub retention on wheel models are just a few of the features that highlight this family.

All Scraper Special track tractors feature the Camoplast Durabuilt 5500 Scraper track belts, which improve traction, provide longer wear, and reduce vibration.

Features on both series

To enhance operator comfort, these 9 Series machines feature the CommandView II Cab, which offers several different packages for all eight models.

“The CommandView II Cab is 10% bigger in overall volume, has 7% more glass area, and four times more storage than the previous cab, which gives the operator improved visibility, comfort, and convenience,” says Griffith.

“The 9R and 9RT Series are engineered with operator comfort and ease in mind,” says Griffith. “Deere added more horsepower and more integrated technologies, and equipped all ag models with high-flow hydraulics and PTO options.”

The price range for the 9R Series is $256,757 to $373,318.

The range for the 9RT Series is $367,362 to $416,175.

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