John Deere is taking harvesting performance to the next level with the introduction of two new X Series combines for the 2021 harvest season. The X9 1000 and X9 1100 combines help large-scale farmers thresh, separate, and clean more bushels per hour or harvest more acres in a day – even as conditions change.
The X9 1100 can harvest up to 30 acres of tough, high-yielding wheat per hour and harvest up to 7,200 bushels per hour in high-yielding corn.
“As conditions change, an X9 combine can make automatic adjustments for the operator so it consistently operates at peak levels,” says Matt Badding, harvesting product manager for John Deere. “For example, in the morning, straw can be damp and make threshing and separating tough. By midday, the moisture evaporates and harvesting conditions improve. In the past, these changes required operators to adjust combine settings to help the machine compensate. Now, the adjustments are made automatically.”
These machines include a wide feeder house, dual separator, and the industry’s largest cleaning shoe, which all work together to improve crop flow and increase harvesting capacity. “At the heart of the new combine is the X Series Dual Separator (XDS) with the largest threshing and separation areas Deere has ever offered. Crop in the XDS is threshed and separated during nine revolutions, resulting in less grain loss and increased harvesting capacity,” Badding says.
The 75-square-foot Dyna-Flo XL cleaning shoe has 36% more cleaning area than the S790. “It can harvest thin dry crop, thick wet crop, and everything in between, putting more high-quality grain in the tank pass after pass. Even if conditions change, grain quality remains high,” Badding says.
Equipped with an all-new John Deere PowerTech 13.6L engine that includes a robust belt-drive system and updated ProDrive XL transmission, these highly fuel-efficient combines can run up to 14 hours without refueling. “Compared with the S790, the X9 1100 uses up to 20% less fuel per bushel harvested to help keep harvesting costs low,” Badding says.
In addition, the combines are available with integrated precision ag technologies that collect important machine and yield data as well as improve harvest results. More accurate than previous models, the integrated StarFire 6000 Receiver requires no calibration of the Terrain Compensation Module (TCM). Combined with new guidance system enhancements, the new receiver boots up and acquires the GPS signal faster, so the combine can start running with improved accuracy in less time.
Both models come standard with JDLink, which includes five years of service. This allows machine-to-machine communication making it easier for producers to share agronomic and machine-performance information. With John Deere Connected Support, customers get dealer service through Expert Alerts – an industry exclusive – plus remote support capabilities.
Customers can choose from three technology packages for the X Series combines: Select, Premium, and Ultimate. Select includes the StarFire 6000 Integrated Receiver, Generation 4 4600 Display, Harvest Smart, Interactive Combine Adjustment, and it is Connect Mobile-ready. Building on the Select package, Premium includes Active Terrain Adjustment and the Premium 3.0 Activation with AutoTrac RowSense, Section Control, and In-Field Data Sharing.
Everything in the Select and Premium packages is included in the Ultimate along with Automation 3.0 Activation with Generation 4 Machine Sync and the Combine Advisor Technology Package with ActiveVision Camera technology and Auto Maintain. All X Series combines can connect to the John Deere Parts, Operations Center, a cloud-based, central location where farmers can electronically share machine or operational information with trusted partners and advisers.
The restyled X Series cab includes more storage space, more USB ports, and better connectivity than its predecessor. An optional touch screen satellite radio can be added that’s smartphone ready for a more automotive-like experience, so operators can use voice commands or integrated controls to get directions, make calls, listen to music, or send and receive messages.
Customers have a choice of three cab packages: Select, Premium, or Ultimate. The Ultimate includes a new heated, ventilated massaging seat that swivels 16° right or left for improved operator visibility and all-day comfort. A Signature Edition is also available and includes the highest levels of comfort, lighting, and technology packages Deere offers.
You can also give your new machine added protection with John Deere’s Protect Extended Service Plans. They include options to lock in operating costs and maximize uptime during harvest through Annual Expert Inspections, regular maintenance, 24-hour Uptime Assurance, and Wear Parts Coverage.