Press Releases   September 05, 2018

Legendary John Deere 8R/8RT Tractors get numerous MY19 Updates

Operator comfort, control and increased fuel capacity add up to even more productivity

8370RT Tractor working in a field

Model year 2019 8R/8RT Tractors are currently available to order from your local John Deere dealer.

Crestmead, Queensland (September 5, 2018) – John Deere announces several productivity-enhancing updates and operator comfort and convenience changes to its 8R and 8RT Tractors for the 2019 model year.

“For the 2019 model year tractors, we’re making the Premium CommandView™ III Cab with cab suspension, standard on all 8RT Series Tractors,” says Tiffany Turner, product marketing manager, large tractors for John Deere. “Coupled with the proven AirCushion™ suspension system, which is well known to improve field ride, the new cab suspension helps ensure operators will experience the most comfortable ride possible in a two-track tractor.”

Additionally, a steering circuit change and recalibrated steering sensitivity further enhance operator comfort and control. All 8RT Series Tractors get a new steering pump, changes to the loop-override circuit and new, in-cab steering sensitivity adjustment.

“These changes greatly improve steering response and authority on 8RT Series Tractors, when working in heavy draft, soft field conditions and in obstacle avoidance manoeuvres,” says Turner. “Combined, they give the John Deere 8RT the ability to turn under load like no other 2-track tractor in the industry.”

A factory-installed Generation 4 CommandCenter™ 18-1 Software update is also included as base equipment on new 8R and 8RT Tractors.

8R/8RT Series Tractors come with a choice of engines; either the John Deere PowerTech™ 9.0 L engine (Tier 2) or PowerTech PSS 9.0 L Final Tier 4 engine.

The 2019 8RT Series Tractors feature a redesigned fuel tank and a 6 percent increase in fuel capacity (803 litres), that delivers a longer run time between fills.

For the wheeled 8R Tractors, the Independent-Link Suspension (ILS™) front axle has been updated for improved reliability and serviceability. “The design features a wider upper pivot A-arm lug for greater strength and reliability,” explains Turner. “We also added guards to the suspension position sensor to protect it from debris and improved wire harness routing to eliminate failures in flex regions.”

A time-saving battery disconnect switch will be standard equipment starting with the 8R/8RT Series Tractors. This switch allows operators to disconnect battery power to the entire tractor without having to disconnect battery cables.

For more information about the 2019 model year updates for the 8R and 8RT Series Tractors, contact your local John Deere dealer.

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