New John Deere 2730 Ripper vs CNH Ecolo Tiger 870

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL

Last month, John Deere introduced the  2730 Ripper for 2015.  It was built to operate in higher residue levels and leave an ideal soil environment to maximize yield.  It has maintenance-free components, fewer grease points, and large & durable tires.

John Deere 2730 Ripper

John Deere 2730 Ripper

Starting at the front, there are two rows of disk with either individual blades on 19” spacing or disk gangs on 11” spacing.

Individual blades on 19" spacing

Individual blades on 19″ spacing

The disks are followed by deep shanks on 24” spacing and the shanks are followed by leveling disks to level the ridges left by the shanks.

7 shanks on 24" spacing

7 shanks on 24″ spacing

On the rear is a hydraulic rolling basket which maintains a constant down pressure to level the field and also break up clods.

Hydraulic Rolling Basket

Hydraulic Rolling Basket

As you can see in the pictures, the 2730 is long at 42 feet.  The additional length is for better crop residue flow and allows residue to flow smoothly through the ripper as well as allowing proper sizing and distribution without plugging.

We had the chance to run a side by side comparison against the CNH Ecolo Tiger 870 on Sept 30 at the Lanark location. The 870 and 2730 were both set at 13” deep and as you can see in these pictures they are very comparable.

JD 2730 on left and CNH 870 on right

JD 2730 on left and CNH 870 on right

CNH 870

CNH 870

JD 2730

JD 2730

In our test, the 2730 left a more level soil profile and didn’t leave strips behind the shanks like the 870. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the crop residue behind the 2730 was also sized down smaller than the 870.

The 2730 will be available in four sizes: 7, 9, 11, and 13 shanks. Deere recommends 35 – 50 HP per shank.  In our test we pulled the 7 shank model with a 8360RT and it had the power meter pegged the entire time.  The order period will begin in December and contact your salesman for pricing info.

Here are a some videos showing the 2730 in action

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