John Deere raises the bar with next-generation 6M

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John Deere has launched a tractor to improve comfort, performance, manoeuvrability and visibility for farmers.

A replacement of the 6M, 6MC and 6RC Series, the range includes four new four-cylinder models from 90 to 120hp, featuring a 2.4m wheelbase. The compact 6M Series tractor features a low bonnet enabling a clear view forwards and a slimmer steering wheel cowl than fitted previously. In addition, a more panoramic window in the cab roof has also been designed to provide full visibility for loader work or operation in confined spaces.

the short wheelbase Improves manoeuvrability, which makes a tight turning circle of only 4.35m possible on the new four-cylinder models.

Furthermore, with a maximum permissible gross weight of 10.45 tonnes, the payload capacity of these slim-design full-frame concept tractors is (in this class) up to 4.7 tonnes.

The cabs have been designed to be a lot brighter and more modern in appearance, as well as extremely quiet, with a rating of 70dB(A). All the important operating functions are located on the right-hand panel, which has been completely redesigned, while models equipped with the CommandQuad transmission can be optionally fitted with a compact CommandArm, with the functions located on the armrest.

Up to four mechanical or electric SCVs are available – the latter being an newly available on these tractors. Switches on the electrohydraulic joystick are fully programmable, and the direction of travel can be changed on both this and the mechanical joystick via a push-button. Driver comfort is also enhanced by mechanical cab suspension and TLS (triple link suspension) front axle, while 360° LED lighting is optionally available for night-time illumination.

The four new four-cylinder models are powered by a 4.5-litre John Deere PowerTech EWL engine, while the 6130M, 6140M and 6145M have a 4.5-litre John Deere PowerTech PSS engine. Larger models are powered by six-cylinder PVS engines with a displacement of 6.8 litres. The smaller 6090M to 6140M tractors also feature Intelligent Power Management (IPM) for the first time, which increases performance by 20hp for pto work and transport – so the four-cylinder 6140M develops up to 166hp maximum power with IPM.

Three different gearbox options are offered on the series. PowrQuad and AutoQuad are four-step powershift transmissions, while CommandQuad Plus offers fully automatic gear and range shifting without using the clutch. EcoShift means the maximum speed of 40kph can be achieved at a reduced engine speed of 1590rpm. In addition, AutoClutch means the operator can comfortably stop and restart the tractor simply by using the brake pedal.

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