John Deere S-Series Combine Model Year Updates: 2012 to 2017

John Deere S Series Combines

John Deere’s S-Series combines have been harvesting crops since 2012.  They brought with it a larger operator station, bigger cleaning shoe,  new class 9 machine – better known as the S690, 16-row corn heads, flex draper platforms,  a power fold grain tank, and the ever popular refrigerator.  Many other updates have been made along the way and I will highlight those changes throughout this blog post.

2012

Model lineup included the S550, S660, S670, S680, & S690. It featured a larger cab with much-improved visibility over the 70 Series.  This really saved a lot of “bow necking;” looking around the corner post to see the ends of your headers.  It had (finally) a touchscreen command center display.  There were a lot of 70 series command centers with fingerprints on them because operators were used to the touch screen in their tractors and tried in vain to run the 70 Series combine command center the same way.  The new refrigerator was a big hit because it reduced the need for a cooler to get you through the long days.  The factory cab-cam harness made it easier to install cameras on the machine to reduce stress when on the road or when backing up. The S-Series also introduced a larger and more efficient cleaning shoe to help keep more crop in the machine.  With this added productivity, the S680 and S690 received a larger standard grain tank and an increased unloading auger capacity of 3.8 bu/sec vs. the 3.3bu/sec on the 70 series. The S680 and S690 were also given an active tailings system to help better deal with the added capacity of the machine and reduce losses by not recirculating crop back through the rotor.  One of my favorite changes was the ease of changing the chopper speed.  Gone were the days of swapping belts to switch from corn to beans.  Another change vs. the 70 Series was the removal of the park brake pedal and shift lever for the 3-speed transmission.  All of this was moved to the armrest as a park brake button and a 1-2-3 gear selection.  Also gone was the big silver colored boat anchor in the grain tank better known as the moisture sensor.  Replacing it was the new auger style mounted on the side of the clean grain elevator.  This new design was much more reliable than its predecessor.  Another new option was the power folding grain tank extension.  This allowed customers to fold it up or down from the cab to avoid low hanging power lines or shorter shed doors.  John Deere entered the class 9 market in 2012 with the model S690 with 543 hp at rated speed for handling larger heads, larger acres, and heavier crop conditions.

John Deere S690 Combine

Other additions in 2012 were new flex draper heads in 35’ and 40’ configurations, the 635FD and 640FD, and the 16-row corn head, 616C was introduced in 2012 as well.

2013

No changes were made to the model numbers for 2013, but there were some changes to the fleet nonetheless.  The rotor received a thicker skin to help protect it from damage from ingestion of foreign material.  A mid-year option addition permitted the chaffer to have a manually adjusted rear section.  This allowed for the independent adjustment of the rear of the chaffer to a tighter setting to help reduce the amount of tailings volume.

2014

This year saw some major changes to the S series.  First, the S550 was dropped from the lineup and the S650 added.

John Deere S650 Combine

The S650 had the same larger rotor size of its big brothers, increased hp over the S550, and a larger cleaning shoe.  Speaking of hp, the S660 and S670 also received increased muscle for 2014.  Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) was now required to meet the EPA smog standards and complete the long emissions journey to Final Tier 4.  Operators would notice a big reduction of cab noise in 2014 due to increased cab insulation, better door sealing, and laminated front glass.  A newly redesigned 36” track option was added to the lineup for help with those high floatation situations and deal with other challenging field conditions.

John Deere S670 on Tracks

John Deere also introduced Interactive Combine Adjust in 2014.  This feature found in the command center helped operators fine tune their machines to get maximum performance and productivity.  John Deere entered the 30’ flex draper market in 2014 with the release of the 630FD header.

John Deere 630FD Flex Draper

2015

The 2015 model year machines received a really nice update with the hydraulic fore-aft tilt feeder house.  This allowed for easier header connection and much-improved performance in the field.  When field conditions got tough, you could tilt the head back and forth to find the optimum cutting angle to improve header control performance.   We prepared this video in 2015 to better explain this feature.

Some structural strength was also added to the feeder house as well as moving the now smaller drum forward for improved feeding.  With more crop coming into the machine, Deere released the Active Concave Isolation option and hydraulically suspended the concave to provide a more robust concave gap and more consistent performance when dealing with slugs.  Deere entered the 45’ flex draper market in ’15 as well for those large acre customers who needed the greater productivity of a larger header.  To accommodate the larger head, Deere released the 28.5’ unloading auger option. To improve draper performance in field conditions that load one side of the header and not the other, Deere introduced the side belt speed reduction feature which would slow down one side of the header, but not the other, to prevent the belts from plugging.

2016

John Deere entered the folding corn head market in 2016.  This allowed operators with 12-row heads to move from field to field without requiring a head cart or a vehicle and person to pull the head cart from field to field, saving valuable time and money.

John Deere 612FC Folding Cornhead

The combines also received a 12% larger sieve to help save more grain from exiting the combine and to help clean up the grain tank.  Active Terrain Adjust option arrived which automatically adjusted the cleaning shoe settings and the fan speed based on the slope when going up and down a hill without any input from the operator.  An onboard air compressor was added to the options list to allow operators to blow off debris that had accumulated on the machine or service low air pressure in tires.  Lastly, the draper received a wider feed section in the center as well as a much larger and stronger reel finger.

2017

Models built for this fall received some fine tuning features, but no real major changes.  A factory installed camera chassis harness was available for the first time to ease camera installation.  An available foot rest option for the steering column was released and can be retrofitted to older machines.  Eight-row corn head owners can now purchase a folding corn head for really tight transport opportunities.

2017 John Deere 608C Folding Cornhead

Finally, a high moisture corn enhancement was added to improve grain quality and cleanliness with combines equipped with the deep tooth cleaning shoe.

Thanks for reading about the history of the S-Series combine.  If you are looking to upgrade from a previous series machine, hopefully this information will help you understand the changes made each year and help you make an informed decision for your farm and your budget.   You can learn even more about the S Series Combines by visiting our Youtube channel and watching our playlist on this machine.

If you are interested in purchasing a used S Series combine you can view our inventory by clicking the model types below:

S550

S650

S660

S670

S680

S690

Respectfully

Lucas Veale

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Cutting Beans that are Down, Tangled, or Leaning

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Great weather in the month of September has hastened crop harvesting in Central Illinois.  The corn crop has been well above average in most cases but is falling well short of the 2014 record.  Soybeans also are well above average but it is still too early to tell if we will eclipse the yield of last year as a whole. 

Cutting Down Beans with a Row Crop Head

If you are dealing with down, leaning, or tangled beans try to set your angle of cut as close to perpendicular to the lean of the crop as reasonably possible.  This will lead to the least amount of plugging and will also reduce the amount of beans that you run over.  With larger headers, make sure that your feed accelerator is on the high side to reduce the chance of plugging in this area.  We have also seen some benefit of running the feeder house chain on the larger sprocket if persistent slugging occurs due to large crop mass.  As always, make sure that the auger is adjusted closely to the floor and rear strippers to augment feeding.  Draper belt speeds seem to work the best around 200-220 in most cases.  Always calibrate your header before you start the season to insure it is ready for any ground condition.  Check out the help videos on Sloans.com under the AMS heading for help with the calibrations. 

You can view our Hydraflex Platform video here:

You can view our Flex Draper video here:

Also, don’t forget the call center to help with switching crops at 217 693 6209

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Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Single Point Coupler Updates on 2016 S Series Combines

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Corn and soybean crops are progressing nicely across Central Illinois.  We will be in the field before we know it.

With the new model year ’16 combines and header equipment, John Deere finally made a change to the single point coupler to help prevent the leaking cartridges.  They have moved the check valve to the header side instead of the combine side so it will hold back the pressure from the weight of the reel on a platform and the cartridge in the single point won’t be as susceptible to leaks.  Unfortunately, this means that if you want to couple a ’16 model combine to an older header or vice versa you will need an adapter kit.  You will need to convert any other headers to match as well.  Make sure to check with your salesman or service department to determine exactly what kit you will need to make this work.  If you are on one of our lots and you see this “’16 Ready” yellow sticker on a head,  it has already been converted to work on a 2016 combine.

Hope everyone has a safe and successful harvest.

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Sloan Support Weekly Recap August 8, 2016

by the AMS Product Support Team

Traveled over a large portion of the corn belt the last week of July and the corn and soybean crop overall looks good from Central Illinois all the way to Central Ohio.  Of course, there are a few pockets here and there that have had their share of challenges but overall I think we are going to have a large crop.  Probably not news to anyone but brought a little bit more meaning to the market reports when you see if for yourself.

John Deere has announced their fall software update for all Greenstar equipment.  Make sure that you get this completed before you head to the field.  You can find the update on www.stellarsupport.com or bring your displays and receivers into your local Sloan Implement location and we will do the update for you for free.  You might have to leave them over night, as we are getting several units in and the update can take about 15-45 minutes to complete depending on your model.

Make sure you have your variety locator files setup in Apex and have reloaded your setup data into your display with the correct machine models.  Here’s a blog post with instructions for setting up variety locator in Apex.

If you were one of the unlucky ones that had some wind in your area that pushed the corn down, John Deere Rowsense works really well in these situations.  As long as you can get the snouts under the stalk you should have pretty good success in picking up the corn and staying on the row.  Let us know if we can help set you up with a system of evaluate a field to see if Rowsense would be a good fit.   You can learn more about JD Rowsense Here.

Deere Rowsense Feelers

Deere Rowsense Feelers

Our service departments are still very busy getting customer machines ready to go for fall.  If you have some last minute service items to get repaired, don’t wait as the line is getting long.

Our call center will be back to our seasonal hours on the Tuesday after labor day.  We will again have 3 analysts every day that will be taking your AMS equipment questions from 7-6 Monday – Friday and from 7-3 on Saturday.  This is a free service to our customers.  We will again have our after hours option for the call center.  These hours are 6-9 pm Monday – Friday, 3-6 on Saturday, and Noon to 5 on Sunday.  This service has a $50 fee that is passed directly to the analyst taking your call.

Check out our Sloan 12F folding corn head conversion video at http://www.sloans.com/12f .  We have converted some used 12 row non-chopping heads to a folding corn head that will work on about any late model John Deere combine.  It folds or unfolds in about 35 seconds.

Sloan 12F Folding Cornhead

Sloan 12F Folding Cornhead

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Sloan Winter Technology Expo in Atwood, IL Feb 3

You are invited to attend Sloan’s Sprayer Clinic on Tuesday March 3 at our Atwood, IL Training Facility.

Classes will begin at 9 am and finish at 2 pm.

Our sprayer experts will provide training on the following topics:

  • Set-up and operation of Spraystar monitor
  • Section control and Documentation
  • Solution system changes from 30 series to R’s
  • Service and maintenance
  • Sprayer walk around
  • And answer any questions you might have about your John Deere sprayer
  • You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link

You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link.

Sloan Winter Technology Expo in Atwood, IL Feb 3

You are invited to attend Sloan’s Winter Technology Expo on Tuesday February 3 at our Atwood, IL Training Facility.

The expo will begin at 8 am and end at Noon.  Stop in at any time.

Our product support specialists will provide training on the following products:

  • Field Connect, Machine Sync, & Shared Coverage maps
  • MaxEmerge 5 planters
  • MaxEmerge XP planters
  • Planter Test Stand and Seed Meter Inspections
  • Gator Mapping and RTK Boundary Service
  • Sprayers
  • New Generation 4 Command Center
  • Myjohndeere.com and JD Apps
  • Seedstar 2/XP Simulator, Swath Control, Documentation
  • Accudepth for Field Cultivators
  • Autotrac Controller & Rate Controllers
  • Sloan Call Center

You can view more info and register at sloans.com by clicking this link.

2014 Harvest Photos October-November

S670

Harvest ’14 is pretty much a wrap in IL and WI.  Here are some more pictures from the past month taken by Sloan Implement Product Support Specialists.

S680 with peak fall colors near Muscoda, WI

S680 with peak fall colors near Muscoda, WI

 

 

 

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JD 608C with intermeshing knife rolls

JD 608C with intermeshing knife rolls

Tractor and MoCo Demo to Biddick Farms

Tractor and MoCo Demo to Biddick Farms

Knocking Down Oats with a 6170R and 946 MoCo

Knocking Down Oats with a 6170R and 946 MoCo

Harvesting behind the Cuba City, WI location

Harvesting behind the Cuba City, WI location

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Trying to fit 1100 bu in a 700 bu cart

Trying to fit 1100 bu in a 700 bu cart

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Rate Controller on a 9520

 

I think I'm full

I think I’m full

Schweigert Family Farms harvesting future tortilla chips (food-grade white corn) near the Illinois/Wisconsin Border

Schweigert Family Farms harvesting future tortilla chips (food-grade white corn) near the Illinois/Wisconsin Border

Night Ripper 9650R with a 2720 11 Shank

Night Ripper 9650R with a 2720 11 Shank

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Wiota, WI RTK tower

 

Joe and Philip setting up the Wiota, WI RTK Tower

Joe and Philip setting up the Wiota, WI RTK Tower

S690 with a Virginia Sunrise

S690 with a Virginia Sunrise

Equipment Ag Innovation Days, DeForest, WI

Equipment Ag Innovation Days, DeForest, WI

Ag Innovation Days. Seminar on Conservation Tillage

Ag Innovation Days. Seminar on Conservation Tillage

Quadtrac 600 pulling Case 875 vs 9510RT pulling 2730. Milledgeville, IL

Quadtrac 600 pulling Case 875 vs 9510RT pulling 2730. Milledgeville, IL

John Deere 2730 next to Case 875

John Deere 2730 next to Case 875

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs

Dave Hach, Muscoda, WI harvesting with 9650 along the Wisconsin River Bluffs