The new, wider, 645FD Hydraflex™ Draper with a 13.7 m (45-ft) operating width means more ground can be covered in fewer passes.
Operators working in tough conditions can now increase harvest throughput by 20 percent with the new Tough Small Grains Package for the S680 and S690 Harvesters
The Active Hydraulic Concave reduces concave noise while processing uneven crop flow more efficiently.
CRESTMEAD, Queensland (22 August 2014) – John Deere has added several new features to its popular S-Series Harvesters and introduces the performance-enhancing 645FD Hydraflex™ Draper to help producers improve harvesting performance and efficiency for soybeans, rice and small grain crops.
The S-Series Harvesters already set the standard for grain harvesting performance, but several new features take productivity to the next level. John Deere engineers have made several design changes to S680 and S690 Harvesters, including the use of Tough Crop Packages consisting of Active Concave Isolation, interrupter bars, and heavy-duty separator gates, to squeeze more throughput out of machines and increase tough small grain harvesting capacity.
"Operators working in tough separating and threshing conditions can now increase harvest throughput by 20 percent, when the harvest window is closing, not taking losses into account, with the new Tough Small Grains and Tough Rice Packages for the S680 and S690," says Emily Priebe of John Deere Harvester Works. "Producers in tough small grains will also see a 10 percent capacity increase while maintaining their loss level."
Active hydraulic concave isolation design – the first of its type in the industry – reduces concave noise while processing uneven crop flow. The hydraulic system eliminates shear bolts and eye bolts, which removes both the expense and downtime that occur when a bolt breaks.
Next, the new PlatformTilt (fore/aft) feeder house enables the operator to ensure proper cutter bar positioning under changing terrain and ground conditions, without leaving the cab. When harvesting corn or soybeans, this feature alone can increase harvest efficiency throughout the day.
“The 4-strand feederhouse chain and 20 cm drum improve crop feeding into the combine by 10 percent to better utilise machine capacity,” Priebe explains.
Finally, longer augers mean smoother unloading on the go. The new 8.6 m (28.5-ft) unloading auger option is 70 cm (2.5-ft) longer than any auger now on the market to more easily accommodate unloading on the go with wider platforms and grain cart tractors equipped with duals.
The 645FD Hydraflex Draper also enables operators to maximise their time in the field.
"Growers can harvest 10 percent more acres in a day, which matches capacity with the S680 and S690," says Priebe. "Other features increase uptime and reduce operational costs."
The 13.7 m (45-ft) operating width – an increase of 1.5m (5-ft) – means more ground can be covered in fewer passes. The wide centre feed section and the 35 percent greater slip-clutch capacity maximise draper performance.
Shorter, streamlined end dividers reduce trampling losses, while an increase in reel finger strength improves both durability and performance.
"These changes are the direct result of listening to our customers and then finding solutions that solve real problems," Priebe says. "We never stop trying to make the best even better."
The performance-enhancing 645FD Hydraflex™ Draper from John Deere will be available to order in Australia and New Zealand through the latter half of 2015.
For more information about the Tough Small Grains and Rice packages for the S-Series Harvesters, the 645FD Hydraflex Draper and other harvest solutions, visit our website or FREECALL 1800 800 981 for Australia or 0800 303 100 for New Zealand to contact your local John Deere dealer.