Optimize Your AutoTrac Universal Steering Wheel

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

AutoTrac Universal (ATU) steering wheels are a great way to get into the AutoTrac world even if you have an older or non-John Deere tractor. The AutoTrac universal can be installed on almost any make or model of equipment.  Our Effingham location has recently installed an ATU on a 4020.

Grandpa wouldn’t know what to think about that.  One nice thing about an ATU is that you can move it from one machine to another without buying too much more than the brackets to hold the ATU.  If you spend the time to get everything properly adjusted, you can set them to great accuracy. One thing to remember is to first apply the default settings as per Stellar Support for your particular machine. I have found that by setting the StarFire Receiver height to 20″ greatly enhances the overall performance of driving in a straight line.  This is done in the ATU settings page on your display.  Setting the receiver to 20″ tells the display that it is only at 20″ and the tractor is less likely to “S” or swerve back and forth through rougher ground. If you have a piece of machinery that you are wanting to install AutoTrac, check with your Local AMS/Product Support specialist to see if your machine is approved and for pricing information as well.

If you want to start using Autotrac, in addition to the ATU you will also need a GPS receiver and a Green Star Display with an Autotrac Activation.  Sloan Implement is offering a 3 year lease on these items to help spread the cost of investment over time.  The ATU can also be added to this package and included in the lease amount.  Contact a salesman for more information at 800 745 4020 or email by clicking here:

Sloan AMS Entry Package



JD W235 Windrower and 569 Premium Baler

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI.

We ran the new John Deere W235 windrower in some contour fields near Montfort, WI last week. If you’ve ever driven a windrower before, you know how squirrelly they can be with the two separate wheel motors driving the machine similar to a skid steer. We’ve been requesting an integrated steering system in windrowers since the ATU left a lot to be desired in our hills and contours at higher cutting speeds. I was VERY impressed with the new integrated steering system in this machine. As you will see in the picture, I had my demo receiver on the machine which was set-up for RTK, but we ran the machine on SF1 since that’s the system most customers would use for cutting hay. We cut up to 15 mph in these small contours and the system was very smooth. Whether you have an ATU in your windrower today or not, you will want to run this new machine. Give us a call if you want to set-up a demo.


W235 Windrower


This week, I got the chance to start out a customer with his new 569 Premium round baler. The premium round baler includes: new cam style pto slip clutch for less wear and maintenance, ISO monitor with 3 bale shape sensors instead of 2, a grease bank for easier service, 2 year or 12,000 bale warranty, improved mega wide pick-up (larger cams, larger bearings and larger spider gears, but same low profile) and two options for tractor/baler automation. This baler had both of these automations activated. With a level 1 baler activation the baler gate opens and closes automatically. With Level 2 the baler tells the tractor when to stop. The baler wraps the bale, kicks the bale out and closes the gate without operator involvement besides pressing the brakes after the tractor begins to slow down on its own. In hilly fields, there is also a pause button, so you can kick the bale out where it will not roll away. This is pretty neat technology that will save a lot of operator fatigue if you bale a lot of hay or corn stalks. Once again, give us a call if you are interested in a demo.

569 Premium Baler

569 Premium Baler

569 Permium Monitor