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John Deere 9R and 9RT Tractors Deliver More Power and Comfort

Five wheel and three track models offer more horsepower and many new features

LENEXA, Kansas – (August 25, 2011) – Heavy-duty, large-scale field operations just got easier for farmers with the introduction of the new 9R/9RT Series Tractors from John Deere. Available for the 2012 season, the 360 to 560 engine horsepower 9R/9RT Tractors are the most powerful, productive and comfortable four-wheel-drive and track tractors John Deere has ever built. They are engineered for larger producers and contractors to cover more acres in less time and be more productive on the farm or job site.


The 9R/9RT Series Tractor lineup, which replaces the 9030 Series Tractors that were introduced in 2007, includes five models with wheels and three with tracks.


The specific models of the new 9 family of tractors include:

Model Configuration
Displacement (L)
9360R Wheel Ag 360
9.0 24-Speed MST or 18-Speed PST
9410R Wheel
Ag 410 13.5 24-Speed MST or 18-Speed PST
9460R  Wheel Ag/Scraper 460 13.5 24-Speed MST (Ag Only)
or 18-Speed PST
9510R  Wheel Ag/Scraper  510 13.5
18-Speed PST
9560R Wheel Ag/Scraper 560 13.5 18-Speed PST
9460RT Track Ag/Scraper 460 13.5 18-Speed PST
9510RT Track Ag/Scraper 510 13.5 18-Speed PST
9560RT Track Ag/Scraper 560 13.5 18-Speed PST

These new 9R/9RT Series tractors feature the latest improvements in power, hydraulics, hitch and PTO options, as well as cab comforts and controls. All of these great new features and overall style changes will help the all-new 9R/9RT tractors stay at the head of the field.


According to Jerry Griffith, Division Marketing Manager, John Deere Waterloo Works, customers will quickly notice and appreciate a number of improvements to the new 9R/RT Series Tractors over the 9030 Series Tractors.


"Besides the cosmetic changes, that customers will easily see, we've made a lot of improvements to the 9 family of tractors that contribute significantly to overall productivity in the field," says Griffith. "We engineered these new 9R and 9RTs with operator comfort and ease in mind. We added more horsepower, more integrated technologies like AutoTrac™ and JDLink™ and equipped all ag models with high-flow hydraulics and PTO options."


All 9R/9RT Series models except the 9360R come with John Deere's advanced PowerTech™ PSX 13.5L engine with a single fluid solution for optimal power and operator convenience. The 9360R model features a PowerTech PSX 9.0L engine. Both the PowerTech PSX 9.0L and 13.5L engines feature in-line, six-cylinder, 4-valves per head, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, electronic engine controls and series turbochargers.


"These are cleaner-burning engines designed with tremendous power and performance," emphasizes Griffith.


The 9360R, 9410R and 9460R ag models come standard with 24-speed PowerSync manual shift transmission and optional 18-speed PowerShift transmission with Efficiency Manager™. The 24-speed PowerSync is a field-proven transmission, for operators who prefer a basic manual shift transmission, but with an easy to use high-low lever to get that right speed for their field applications.


The 18-speed PowerShift Transmission with Efficiency Manager, which comes standard with the track tractors, higher horsepower wheeled models and scraper models, allows the tractor to operate at an optimal performance level while minimizing fuel consumption.


Efficiency Manager gives the operator precise ground speed control by letting the operator set speeds for field or transport applications with a thumb wheel located on the transmission shift lever. The 9RT Track Models now also enjoy the same faster transport speed as the 9R wheel models at 25 mph (40 km/h).


In addition, all ag models of the 9R/RT Series have optional PTOs and higher lift capacity (20,000 lb/9071 kg) three-point hitches. Four selective control valves come standard on all ag tractors, with optional fifth and sixth SCVs.


To enhance operator comfort, the new 9R/9RT Series features the CommandView II™ Cab, which offers several different packages for both the wheeled and track models. Optional on all wheel tractors is the revolutionary ActiveSeat™ suspension system for the smoothest ride possible.


"On the outside, the first thing customers will see is the new sleek styling of the 9R with more fender coverage and bigger cab," says Griffith. "The CommandView II Cab is 10 percent bigger in overall volume, has 7 percent more glass area and four times more storage than the previous cab, giving the operator improved visibility, comfort and convenience."


The new cab also features the simple-to-use CommandArm™ fingertip controls and the new GreenStar™ 3 CommandCenter Display that can run many precision applications such as AutoTrac, Swath Control Pro™, Performance Monitor, Access Manager, and others. Factory-installed JDLink for Service ADVISOR™ Remote capabilities also are part of the new 9R/9RT Tractor package.


Brand new to the John Deere Scraper Special family is the 9RT track configuration. The addition of the 9RT Scraper Special completes John Deere's line up of proven, reliable, and productive scraper tractors. The 9RT Scraper Special is the optimum choice for sand, wet, or soft underfoot conditions often found in scraper applications. New features of the 9R/9RT Scraper Special models include a tow cable in base equipment, a level one falling object protective structure (FOPS), full-featured hydraulic connections, and axle flats for better hub retention on wheel models. All Scraper Special track tractors feature the Camoplast Durabuilt 5500 Scraper track belts for improved traction, longer wear and reduced vibration.


"We've designed and incorporated these improvements into the new 9 family of tractors based on the input and needs of our customers," says Griffith. "And we created the best performing, most comfortable ag and scraper special tractors in this high-horsepower class."


For more information on the new 9R and 9RT Tractor models from John Deere, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com.


John Deere (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

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