New John Deere 8R Tractors, CommandPro Joystick, & N500C Air Seeder

Sloan Implement has been sending groups of employees from the sales and product support departments to John Deere’s annual Large Ag Integrated Solutions Training in Florida in order to better serve our customers. We covered everything from soil prep to harvest again this year. The top ride and drive portions included the new CommandPro Joystick,  N500C Air Drill, and the 8RX four-track row crop tractor.

John Deere CommandPro Joystick

The CommandPro joystick is very similar to the joystick found in the current sprayer and combine cabs. It fits your hand really well and allows for a lot of functions right at your fingertips with programmable buttons. The CommandPro was first released in the 6R tractors, but it is now available in both the 7R and 8R tractors as well. John Deere has a simulator here if you would like to try it for yourself.

The new John Deere N500C CCS Air Drill was impressive in person. It will replace the 1990 air drills. John Deere made a ton of improvements to this drill that include: better cleanout (pro boxes fit below the tanks now), electric drive (same motor as ExactEmerge planters), 4 section, turn compensation, TruSet downforce from the display, relative flow blockage, easy calibrating and Industry Exclusive ActiveCal that will let you re-calibrate on the go after the initial seed calibration!

New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL
New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL
New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL
New John Deere N530C on the lot in Assumption, IL
John Deere N500C CCS Air Seeder Cleanout into Pro Box

The new 8RX tractor was impressive. The visibility was great. It had a smooth ride with very little berming even when using the same path every day at this training. The 8RX will have up to 39% more ground contact vs an 8R wheeled tractor.

The new 2020 8R tractors will feature 2 times the light output, a new fan drive (chain drive), better steps on both sides of the cab, integrated Starfire 6000 receivers, a massaging seat, touchscreen radio, front and rear cameras, updated Active Seat or cab suspension, even more seat swivel and footpegs.


Visibility from the new John Deere 8RX Tractor
John Deere 8R250 Tractor

We also got a sneak peek look at one new Precision AG product and some other software updates that are coming soon. Stay tuned for more details on their official release!

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