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John Deere enhances integrated technology on new 5R and 6M tractors

In order to give customers an easy, cost-effective way to view its AutoTrac automated guidance system, John Deere is enhancing the integrated technology on new 5R and 6M utility tractors – without having to invest in a separate display. This addition not only helps an operator make precise passes, but he will also feel less tired at the end of a long day in the field.

“If you’re considering buying or leasing a new John Deere utility tractor and want to add AutoTrac, but are worried about the expense or complexity, worry no more,” says Lyle McMillan, marketing manager for John Deere.

John Deere 5R and 6M tractors can now be ordered with an AutoTrac guidance screen built into the tractor’s corner-post display, which is easy to understand. Once an operator follows three simple steps – adding a John Deere StarFire receiver, completing the AutoTrac activation, and finishing the setup process – they can start using hands-free steering.

“We know price and ease of use are important considerations if you’re thinking about adding a guidance system to your tractor or other machine. Integrating AutoTrac on the corner-post display gives you an affordable and simple way to use straight-line guidance without needing to buy a separate display,” McMillan says. “However, if you want more advanced guidance capabilities for your tractor, and if you want to add precision ag solutions like Section Control and on-screen mapping, other John Deere displays and activations can be purchased.” 

Other Options Available

Deere is also giving customers a number of options for the 5R tractors including:

  • A 16/16 CommandQuad automatic transmission that automatically selects the ideal gear and engine speed for optimal fuel efficiency.
  • A Category II hook-style draft links and center link, which provides convenient implement hookup without the need for a quick hitch. 
  • Larger tire options (540/65R38 or 600/65R34 sizes). These bigger tires boost load-carrying capacity at the same tire pressure as smaller tires while their larger footprint can reduce soil compaction. “These tires are made with low-angle lugs at the shoulder area to improve traction and higher angles around the center line to improve ride comfort,” McMillan says. 

For the 6M tractors, customers who demand precise speed control or who prefer an automatic transmission can now add a premium John Deere Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). The IVT includes AutoClutch, which can be used to quickly brake and stop the tractor without using the clutch. 

If you want to boost hydraulic flow to quickly raise and lower or power large implements or attachments, select 6M tractors now have the option to be equipped with a hydraulic pump that’s larger than the standard pump.

The new 5R tractors can be ordered immediately; the new 6M tractors will be available later in June.

To learn more, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit

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