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John Deere launches Africa’s largest capacity combine

The new John Deere X9 Series Combine is currently the largest grain handling Combine Harvester on the African Continent.

Specifically designed for high yields and high moisture crops under challenging conditions. With its ultimate cab design to ensure operator comfort, you would like to stay longer behind the wheel. This machine will allow its operator to move quickly and harvest at a fast pace. 

What Makes the X9 Combine Harvester Different? 

This machine provides ultra efficient crop feeding with up to 25% less grain loss, while the hinged frame allows for unmatched ground following. The X9 also has high-capacity feeding, which amounts to a 1,720 mm wide feeder house for high throughput, resulting in 23% wider and 45% more volume than a narrow body.

A new 1,720 mm wide Dual Separator is featured on the X9 with a dedicated feeding, threshing and separating area, complementing even-feeding and excellent rock rejection. The 4m² effective threshing area also results in higher threshing performance.

The X9 has a residue system of up to 15.24m spread, low energy knife design, auto swap for optimum wind compensation and remote knife bank adjustment. Overall it has a 20kW power savings on the residue management system. Farmer tests done on high-yielding maize in South Africa indicated only a 0.3% grain loss.

Comfort is Key

When it comes to comfort, the X9 does not hold back. It provides operators with the ultimate in harvesting comfort: a large 3.7 square meter cab with up to 20% less noise level in the cab .

Furthermore, the cab has excellent all-around visibility with an ergonomic design, featuring the new exclusive Active Seat and Electromechanical suspension. Comfort is further enhanced with perforated leather seats with heating, ventilation, 2-zone massage, inflatable side cushions, extendable seat cushions, electric controls and 16 degree seat swivel to both sides, LED lighting and Apple CarPlay digital radio. 

The customised machine control setup is optimised for less fatigue and includes a Generation 4 CommandCenter-and seven programmable buttons on the joystick for ease of use and comfort. 

What Else Does the X9 Offer? 

Customers can expect up to 30% more performance on slopes up to 10 degrees and reduced tailings up to 50% in descending terrain of 10 degrees with Active Terrain Adjustments.

Customer feedback and experience is that the combine and engine perform excellently at low revolutions of only 1,900rpm – resulting in further fuel savings.

Travel Quicker, Harvest Faster

There is a lot to enjoy from working with the X9 Combine. Below are a few more benefits that will help you get the job done: 

  • The PowerTech 13.6L engine with up to 515kW results in 20% less fuel consumption and 30% more torque than the 13.5L engine.
  • The ProDrive XL transmission gives 30% more torque throughout the entire speed range.
  • The 30% larger footprint lowers ground pressure with less compaction, less tillage costs and higher crop yields.
  • Lower cost of operation due to a 50% slower wear rate with zero maintenance.
  • The comfort has increased by 20%, and to enjoy a smoother ride at 40 km/hr.

X9 Series Front End Equipment

Hinged Drapers and Folding Corn Headers can be used with the X9 and would depend on the type of crop being harvested. 

The X9 Country Tour

Initially launched at Nampo 2022 for the first time, the John Deere X9 Series has created a lot of hype around the incredible operational capacity and performance of the all-new class 11 Combine to arrive on South African shores.

The X9 Combine is currently on tour around the country. Its first stop was Vrede in the Free State on 07 June, 14 June in Newcastle in the Kwazulu Natal province, 24 June in Middelburg in the Mpumalanga province, and then making its way to Douglas, in the Northern Cape area in July, after which it will continue to the North West and Western Cape areas.

Keep an eye on our social pages to find out where the X9 will be next.

The day will include a walk-around of the machine as well as an opportunity for attendees to test drive the X9. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the X9 Combine Harvester:

Q. How many tons per hour can the X9 harvest?

A. 250 tons of maize per hour.

Q. What is the horsepower of the Harvester?

A. It operates at 603 HP/450 KW.

Q. What is the maximum capacity of the grain tank?

A.  Approx. 13 tons/16210 litres.

Q. What is the maximum capacity of the diesel tank?

A. 1250 litres.

Q. What is the fuel consumption per ton?

A. 241 per ton at 103 litres per hour which comes to only R53.00 per ton (South African farmer results in high yielding maize). 

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