John Deere announces updates to its 9 Series tractor lineup for 2022 model year

Misty Caddell |

John Deere has announced updates to its 9 Series tractor lineup for the 2022 model year. The updated 9 Series lineup includes wheel 9R, two-track 9RT and four-track 9RX Tractors.

Farmers will appreciate the added low-end torque and lugging ability of the all-new, John Deere PowerTech 13.6-liter diesel engine. This engine powers models with 390 to 590 horsepower and runs with 50 percent less engine noise. Its also easier to perform routine maintenance on, says Ryan Jardon, product marketing manager, John Deere. Our largest tractors, the 9R 640 and 9RX 640, are powered by a Cummins 15-liter diesel engine.

To accommodate the added horsepower and ballast of the articulated 9 Series Tractors, Deere says several undercarriage, axle, and front-frame components were strengthened and improved. Strengthening these components has increased the weight of the tractor and the maximum available ballast from 60,000 to 67,000 lb., to put the increased power to the ground. The front-weight support and weights are now factory installed for the 9RX. Rear-axle load ratings on John Deere Scraper Special 9R and 9RX Tractors were increased to 26,500 lbs., the company says.

Select 9 Series Tractors can be ordered with hydraulic Intelligent Power Management (IPM) that provides up to 50 extra horsepower depending on the gear chosen. This added power can be unlocked via intelligent software monitoring of hydraulic demand and engine power.

Deere says all 9 Series Tractors come equipped from the factory with JDLink connectivity, plus an integrated StarFire 6000 GPS receiver, Generation 4 CommandCenter display and AutoTrac guidance.

The factory-installed Automation 4.0 capabilities drive season-long benefits. For example, AutoTrac Turn Automation and MachineSync enable consistent operations on headlands and when multiple machines work together, such as in seeding, when two tractors are working in a field together. Automation 4.0 also enables AutoPath for farmers to accurately document and precisely follow each row of crops in fields throughout the season, Jardon says. Using data collected from the first pass in the field, either strip-till or planting, AutoPath establishes precise guidance lines for all subsequent field passes, no matter the machine type or width of the equipment. This makes it easy to find the right row, reduces overlaps and damage to standing crops, and eliminates the need for guess rows.

Inside the larger, restyled 9 Series cab is more storage space, more USB ports and better connectivity than in previous models. For an automotive-like experience, Deere says an optional 6.5-in., touchscreen satellite radio can be added thats smart-phone ready so operators can use voice commands or integrated controls to get directions, make calls, listen to music, or send and receive messages.

On wheel 9R Tractors, Deere says six models are available, ranging from 390 to 640 horsepower and can be equipped with a multitude of tire options. HydraCushion suspension is an industry exclusive option that can be added to reduce tractor bouncing during transport, improve ride quality and reduce the potential for powerhop in the field to put more power to the ground.

Three two-track 9RT models are available ranging from 470 to 570 horsepower and feature the industry exclusive AirCushion walking beam suspension that improves ride quality, the company says Two-track tractors provide a large footprint with less ground pressure and lower slip values compared to wheel tractors, making them ideal for straight-line pulling, and broad-acre tillage.

Deere says four models of John Deere 9RX four-track tractors are available ranging from 490 to 640 horsepower, the industrys highest horsepower levels offered in a four-track tractor. Multiple track widths and tread spacings are available, enabling these tractors to be used in row-crop and broad-acre applications where more traction and flotation are desired. Four-post cab suspension is standard and dampens pitch and roll, isolating the cab from shocks, while providing maximum comfort and ride quality in the field or on the road. Four-track 9RX Tractors offer the comfort and maneuverability of a wheel tractor with the pulling performance and flotation of a track tractor.