Designed for maximum output regardless of changing field conditions, the new S700 combines from John Deere provide quick harvest setup and automatic on-the-go adjustments.
The S700 series spans four models: S760, S770, S780 and S790. The combines will be available for model year 2018 production.
“These new S700 Combines are a culmination of enhancements to our previous model that optimize and automate harvesting operations for coarse and small grains,” says Kevin Ripple, marketing manager for harvest at John Deere. “We’ve enhanced the overall intelligence of these combines by automating more adjustments and calibration tasks, and improved the lifetime durability and productivity of front-end equipment to create a high performance harvesting solution unlike any other on the market today.”
Building on the S600 combines introduced in 2012, the new S700 combines incorporate the latest in automated harvesting technology, which make needed adjustments automatically, on the go.
- The Combine Advisor incorporates seven technologies to help operators set, optimize and automate the combine for the most effective harvesting performance based on their crop and field conditions.
- Auto Maintain is a function within Combine Advisor that is supported with ActiveVision cameras to give operators a view into the tailing and clean grain elevator.
- Active Yield technology automatically calibrates the mass flow sensor. This saves time by eliminating the need for manual calibrations and ensures the best data is collected.
The biggest physical difference customers will see in the S700 Combines compared to previous models is in the cab—the CommandCenter which is carried across Deere’s larger tractor and self-propelled sprayer lines.
Machine performance features of the CommandCenter include:
- Gen 4 interface and monitor with 4600 processer
- CommandArm and multi-function control lever with greater ergonomic design and customizable buttons
- premium activation with AutoTrac, RowSense and HarvestDoc
- Extended Monitor and mobile device features. In addition, operators will find set up and start up much quicker and easier, thanks to more intuitive harvest run and setup screens
To be paired with the S700 Combines, John Deere introduces the 700C/FC (folding corn head) Series Corn Heads with the RowMax row unit. The RowMax row unit provides up to a 50% increase in the life of the row unit gathering chains and features solid-alloy bushings that reduce pin and bushing wear.
“We’ve also increased the life of the stalk rolls by up to 25 percent by utilizing a harder material and adding a new wear coating on the front and trailing edges of the blades for increased performance,” says Brittney Guidarelli, product manager for front end equipment. “As a result, we’ve decreased the cost of operation by reducing how frequently wear parts need to be replaced. Producers will experience a savings of up to $20,000 over five years compared to previous models.”
The 700C/FC Series Corn Heads are available in 6- to 18- row models, in 20-, 22- and 30-inch row widths. The StalkMaster stalk-chopping option is available on all models. Folding corn heads are available on 8- and 12-row units, which allow operators to spend more time harvesting and less time and hassle disconnecting, trailering and reconnecting heads when moving from field to field.
For corn growers harvesting high moisture corn, enhancements on the corn head include an auger floor insert to ease crop handling and a lower auger height to minimize crop damage.
For small grains, John Deere introduces the 700D rigid draper, which provides a 20% increase in capacity in tough harvesting conditions over the previous model. The 700D features a top crop auger that’s 50% larger in diameter (now 18 inches) with heavy-duty drives, high-performance gauge wheels, and a new center section seal kit that reduces center section grain losses by up to 45% in canola.