John Deere unveils new 400 Series Self-propelled Windrowers for 2010

August 19, 2009 07:00 PM
 
LENEXA, Kan. — John Deere introduces its all-new lineup of 400 Series Self-propelled Windrowers for 2010. Three new models are now available: the 125-hp A400, 125-hp D400, and 200-hp R450. The A400 and R450 replace John Deere's 4895 and 4995 Self-propelled Windrowers, respectively. The D400 is dedicated for draper applications.
     "Beef, dairy, and custom-harvesting operations continue to increase in size and demand higher efficiency and performance from their equipment. Our new windrowers enable customers to cut more crop in a day while our proven conditioning system reduces drydown time,” says Deanna Kovar, division manager of marketing for John Deere Ottumwa Works.
     Kovar says the new windrowers provide customers with faster transport speeds, a smoother ride, updated styling, and increased maneuverability compared to their predecessors. In fact, maximum transport speeds have been increased up to 21 mph.
     "Faster maximum transport speed means operators can spend less time traveling between fields and they'll have more time to cut hay. Plus, larger available drive tires and a new independent rear suspension with steering assist provide operators with an ultrasmooth ride,” Kovar says.
     The new rear-axle steering-assist system has three operating modes. From 0 to 4 mph, the system is inactive. This allows for improved operator control of the windrower at slow cutting speeds in challenging field conditions or when making sharp turns at the end of the field. The second mode is partially active at 4 to 8 mph. At these speeds, hydraulic cylinders attached to the rear caster wheels and begin to work in unison with the front drive wheels to allow for enhanced operator control of the windrower.
     "At speeds greater than 8 mph, the rear steer-assist system is fully active. In this mode, operators are better able to control the windrower when higher cutting speeds are reached or on the road during transport,” Kovar says.Underframe clearance on the 400 Series is increased 7" to accommodate large windrows without dragging crop. The windrower's new muffler reduces sound levels and provides a quieter working environment for the operator. Plus, the 400 Series machines are CAN-bus integrated to make diagnostics and calibration easier for service technicians, which saves customers time and money for routine maintenance and for repairs if needed. The newly updated cab and controls reduce operator fatigue during long workdays.
 
New John Deere Self-propelled Windrowers
Model
Head Offerings
Horsepower
A400
Sickle, Honey Bee Draper
125 hp
D400
Draper, Sickle
125 hp
R450
Rotary, Sickle, Honey Bee Draper
200 hp
 
     For more details, visit your local John Deere dealer or the company's Web site at www.JohnDeere.com.

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