All new John Deere 8030 Series tractors are now being delivered
AutoTrac-ready from the factory at no additional charge.
John Deere 8030
This means that the tractors have all the internal hardware required
to operate the company’s automatic guidance system installed
as standard equipment during the assembly process at the Waterloo
tractor factory. Customers now simply need to add and activate
a GreenStar Monitor and StarFire iTC GPS receiver.
“Any customer buying a model year 2007 8030 Series tractor
can now ask their local dealer for a demonstration of the AutoTrac
guidance system on their tractor. It has never been easier to step
up to the distinct benefits that AutoTrac has to offer,” says
Graham Thompson, divisional marketing manager for Waterloo Tractors.
“Easy operation of the guidance system, and productivity
boosts for all field applications, have significantly increased
the demand for AutoTrac,” says Georg Larscheid, European
marketing manager for John Deere’s AMS division. “With
the reduction of overlaps during tillage work for example, farmers
and contractors are able to lower their operating costs by up to
10 per cent. During fertilising and slurry spreading, we are looking
at possible savings of up to 15 per cent.”
AutoTrac increases the accuracy of any straight or curved line
operation in the field. Depending on the required level of accuracy,
the guidance system can be individually tailored to customer needs.
John Deere offers three different types of in-cab display and
GPS signal activation. There is a choice of SF1 (+/-30cm), SF2
(+/-10cm) and RTK (+/-2cm) signals to match the full range of field
applications: SF1 for tillage, spraying and slurry spreading; SF2
for harvesting, mowing, seeding and planting; and the repeatable
RTK accuracy for planting and bedding.
The 8030 Series tractor range consists of six machines from 225
to 330hp (97/68EC rated), and has won several major awards since
its introduction in 2005. These include a DLG Gold Medal, the FIMA
Innovations Award and the 2007 Tractor of the Year Award.
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