John Deere has a new floater on the market that’s more comfortable and easier to switch between dry and liquid application equipment compared its previous offering.
Franklin Peitz, John Deere product marketing manager, said the 800R Floater can also cover more acres in a day compared to the model it replaces, the John Deere F4365.
“These things can move through the field around 25 miles per hour, and it can get up to 45 miles per hour on the road,” Peitz said.
“When you’re thinking about custom applicators, they’re just trying to move through the field as fast as possible and then get to the next field. So our speeds through the field and transport are really critical.”
He said the biggest updates to the 800R have been made to increase operator comfort, including a new hood design that enables better visibility.
“We’re putting on the same cab that we have on our new sprayers that were launched this last spring as well as what you would find on a new 8R tractor,” Peitz said.
“We’ve got the active seat suspension. So that’s also going to be a leather seat, heating and cooling with a massage feature.”
The cab also comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen radio that’s satellite and smartphone-ready, better lighting, backup cameras for both sides, five USB ports, a refrigerator, and a dual-tilt steering column with leather-wrapped steering wheel.
John Deere Generation 4 Display and a 4G JDLink MTG (modem) come standard, and once the JDLink is activated agronomic data automatically streams to the Operations Center.
This allows users to monitor their equipment with the Operations Center mobile app in near real-time from anywhere.
An app called AgLogic can also be used to schedule farm operations and analyze machine performance.
The 800R can be fit with a dry spinner spreader and 80-foot air booms for dry applications, as well as a 2,000-gallon tank for liquid applications.
New to the 800R is a common hydraulic pump used for all New Leader dry bins, Hagie liquid systems and Air Boom attachments, which makes switching between them much faster.
“That changeover used to take about 12 hours, now with this new common hydraulic pump we’ve cut down the time to about six hours,” Peitz said.
Three John Deere DS35 Dry Box options are available, including the NL (New Leader) 4500G4 Edge Box, NL5000G5 Box and the new N4500G4 HP Lime Box.
The Lime Box, also built by New Leader, has a wider conveyor speed range, optional conveyor chain and larger gate opening that allows application speeds up to 18 mph.
The LS20 Liquid System has optional front and side fill for the 2,000-gallon tank, while on the 90-foot boom it has 30-inch turrets and 60-inch cams, or 60-inch, on-centre cam locks with 15-inch, on-centre high-flow, five-way nozzle bodies.