The big stars of the John Deere product launch this week were the new S Series Combines. We had a fleet of them set up as stationary “displays.” As part of our media preview we all got into a cab and Deere broadcast a walk through exercise through the in-cab radio. We even had a text book to follow along with. You can see/hear part of that presentation in the video below.
I also spoke with Katie Dierker, Division Marketing Manager, John Deere Harvesting Works. Katie says that almost half of the combine has changed from old to new touching every functional area. That’s due to customer feedback for added productivity. She says they’ve also focused on the front end of the machine with new front end equipment that includes an updated line of 600 Series corn heads. Some major changes were made in the premium cabs to make it more a “home away from home” for producers that include more visibility and even a small refrigerator.
You can listen to my interview with Katie here: Interview with Katie Dierker
One of our field presenters was Allan Wiens, Solutions Specialist from Canada. Allan says they have a brand new 600FD HydraFlex™ Draper, which is available in 35- and 40-foot models.
You can listen to my interview with Allan here: Interview with Allan Wiens
Available for the 2012 harvest season, the S-Series Combines include five models: S550, S660, S670, S680 and S690, which is an all-new Class 9 machine. The S-Series Combines are ideal for producers and agricultural service providers who demand a combine that provides exceptional harvest power, grain-handling performance and field productivity.