A Farmer’s Perspective on the John Deere 7R Series Launch

If you’ve never been to a product launch from an equipment manufacturer, believe us when we say it’s typically a very big deal. More often than not there is fanfare, a light show, possibly smoke and sometimes even a parade. But when the confetti settles and the food brought out on combine headers (yes, really) is all gone, the real work of appreciating what’s truly new begins.

Just this month, John Deere rolled out its new 7R series, trumpeting big improvements over the original launch of the series two years ago. Here’s what John Deere says about the launch:

In the first make-over of its popular 7R Series Tractors since their introduction in 2011, John Deere is rolling out five new 7R Tractor models from 210 to 290 engine horsepower for 2014. Along with a new engine that meets Final Tier 4 emissions requirements and the e23 Power Shift Transmission, the new 7R Tractors provide customers with more power, performance and greater comfort and control.

Powered by either a 6.8L or 9.0L PowerTech PSS engine with John Deere’s efficient selective catalytic reduction system, the new 7R Tractors boost 10 to 20 more horsepower and more torque than previous models. All models utilize a high-pressure common rail fuel system and series turbochargers that improve total fluid efficiency while effectively reducing emissions. Fuel capacities range from 125 to 143 gallons, depending on model and transmission options, with DEF storage capacity of 6.8 gallons.

RealAgriculture.com couldn’t be at the launch, but decided the next best thing we could do for our readers and followers was to talk to someone whos opinion really matters — that of a farmer. In the interview above, Brian Scott, farmer and blogger from Indiana, shares his experience at the launch, what he’s looking forward to in the new 7R series, why tractors are like cell phones and much more.

Brian Scott blogs at www.TheFarmersLife.com, and Tweets as @TheFarmersLife.

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