Press Releases   October 12, 2018

John Deere announces new 8600 Self-Propelled Forage Harvester

The updated John Deere 8600 self-propelled forage harvester now tops the company’s range of standard crop channel models.

The updated John Deere 8600 self-propelled forage harvester now tops the company’s range of standard crop channel models.

Crestmead, Queensland (October 12, 2018) – Driven by the market demand for more power, more efficiency and more productivity in self-propelled forage harvesters with a transport width of less than 3 m, John Deere is introducing an additional model to its current 8000 Series line-up for 2019.

Originally launched as the entry level wide body SPFH model in the series, the 8600 will now top the current range of standard crop channel models from the 8100 to 8500. Even fitted with large 2.15 m 710/75R42 front tyres, all the 8000 Series models remain within the critical road transport width of 3 m.

The new 8600 SPFH is powered by John Deere’s PowerTech™ PSX 13.5 litre 466 kW (625 hp) engine, the 8600 will also be available with the new XStream KP kernel processor, which will be offered as an alternative to John Deere’s proven Premium kernel processor on all models from the 8300 to the 9900.

The XStream KP has been developed in partnership with the US-based company Scherer, an experienced leader in kernel processor technology. It is specifically designed to handle high throughputs and delivers high kernel processing scores and chopping performance at all cutting lengths. The kernel processor can be removed easily for quick changes between maize and grass.

All 8000 and 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters for 2019 can also be equipped with John Deere’s complete range of AMS precision farming systems, for improved operator comfort and cutting quality.


Engine John Deere PowerTech™
Displacement 13.5 litre
Max. Power 466 kW (625 hp)
Transmission 3-speed PBS electric shift (standard) or
ProDrive, fully automatic (option)
Crop Channel Standard width
Machine management solutions Harvest Monitor (option)
Harvest Doc (option)
HarvestLab (option)
IVLOC* (standard)
AutoLOC (option)
AutoTrac (option)
DuraDrum cutterhead
Width (mm)
Diameter (mm)
Number of knives

Kernel processor Premium KP or
XStream KP
Fuel Capacity 1100 litres

*IVLOC = infinitely variable length of cut

For more information about the 8600 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvester, visit your local John Deere dealer, or for more details.

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