New Numbering System, Tractors, Application Tools

October 30, 2008 12:35 PM



Capable of applying anhydrous ammonia at 10 mph, the John Deere 2510H is the company's first sidedress application bar.
There's a new way of talking tractors at John Deere. In an effort to help customers identify engine horsepower quicker and easier, John Deere is transitioning to a new tractor model numbering system. Each new tractor model number has five available positions. The first position is a number and represents its series. The second, third, and fourth positions are numbers that signify its approximate engine horsepower. The final position is a letter and indicates its capability and/or price level.
To kick-start its reorganized numbering system, the company is introducing two new utility tractor series. The 6D Series of utility tractors builds on the preceding 6003 Series. The 6D models are powered by 4.5-liter
PowerTech engines that range from 82 PTO hp to 115 PTO hp. The standard transmission is the 9F/9R electrohydraulic PowrReverse. Using this transmission, the operator sets the range and gear and uses a left-hand reverser lever to move the tractor forward or reverse without clutching. Hydraulic flow has been increased up to 46%, depending on the model. The 6D Series tractors are available with a cab or open station and in two-wheel or front-wheel drive.
Rounding out the most complete line of utility tractors John Deere has ever offered are the 5D, 5E, 5E Limited and 5M Series. The letter represents the specification level of the model. The 5D and 5E series range from 45 engine hp to 75 engine hp and are offered in either two-wheel or front-wheel-drive configurations. All 5D and 5E Series models are open station tractors with synchronized transmissions.
Stepping up in specification level, the 5E Limited Series features a cab, PowrReverser transmission and front-wheel drive. The 5E Limited ranges from 83 engine hp to 101 engine hp. The 5M Series offers a variety of options, including open station or cab, two-wheel or front-wheel drive and more hydraulic flow and capacity. The 5M is specifically designed for use with a loader.
John Deere extends its application equipment offering with the 2510 Series, a full line of nutrient applicators. The 2510H is a high-speed
application bar that uses precision-injection technology to apply NH3 at speeds up to 10 mph.
The 2510C is a conventional applicator available in 13- or 17-row models. It is designed with a heavy-duty frame. The spring-cushioned nutrient shanks have 1,300 lb. of trip force.
John Deere adds to its strip-till bar lineup with the 2510S Medium-Residue Strip-Till. This model is designed for lighter-residue conditions. Both the 2510S Residue Master and 2510S Medium-Residue Strip-Till are available in 12- and 16-row models.

Building on the 6003 Series, the 6D Series of utility tractors ranges from 82 to 115 PTO hp.
For more information about the new series and models, visit a John Deere dealer, or visit the company's Web site at

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