Press Releases   June 02, 2020

Key 4-Series Sprayer updates will reduce costs, boost comfort and enhance productivity

John Deere’s 4-Series Self-Propelled Sprayer

Crestmead, Queensland (2 June, 2020) — Productivity and innovation-focused updates to John Deere's 4-Series Self-Propelled Sprayers will merge greater efficiency, better traction and a quieter ride with the proven performance and lightweight strength of carbon fibre.

Now available to order, key changes to the model year 2021 line-up include the roll out of Deere's CommandDriveTM all-wheel drive system to the R4038 and R4030 models (already available on R4045 and R4060), and additional enhancements to the optional carbon fibre boom across the entire range.

John Deere Production and Precision Ag Tactical Segment Manager, Marko Koelln, said the updates would further boost producers' ability to apply the right product at the right rate, and the right time.

"Reducing input costs and maximising productivity are critical to efficiency and profitability, and producers having greater control over the way they run their businesses," Mr Koelln said.

"Through these changes, John Deere is not only providing optimised operator comfort and safety, but also helping to ensure we're working with our customers to integrate features that have direct impact on their bottom line."

CommandDrive helps cover ground more easily, allowing operators to travel over hills, wet spots, and soft ground. It is an intelligent powertrain that uses a single hydrostatic pump to power all four variable-displacement wheel motors. If one or more wheels lose traction, the system adjusts to slow the slipping wheel and directs more flow to the other wheels with traction, to power the sprayer over the terrain.

In addition, CommandDrive works in tandem with the engine and entire sprayer system to automatically increase RPMs when more power is needed and to maintain proper spraying. The Auto Mode setting allows operators to maintain selected ground speed and application rate at lower engine RPMs and automatically reduces the engine's RPM to 900 when the machine is stopped, thereby reducing fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent^.

"The addition of flotation tyres can help to further reduce compaction to help farmers get in the paddock sooner and spray later, while hitting tight application windows that can make a marked difference to yields," Mr Koelln said.

Another popular option is ExactApplyTM, which brings precision farming technology and cost control to the forefront with an industry-exclusive nozzle that minimises overlap by controlling product application with individual nozzles rather than the whole section, while AutoTracTM Vision and RowSenseTM options offer a higher degree of accuracy for in-row crop applications using a camera or paddles.

Mr Koelln said a further standout feature of the 4-Series update was enhancement of the already high-performing carbon fibre boom option.

"These upgrades include new T6 and T7 rope design, an additional breakaway bumper for more stability, new breakaway strap wear plate and new breakaway solenoid design to improve fold functionality," he said.

As with all John Deere products, the updated 4-Series line-up is fully supported by the knowledge and advice of John Deere's trusted network of dealers.

Orders can be placed with John Deere dealers for delivery in late 2020 or early 2021. Customers can also take advantage of finance offers* and early order programs offering a discount through until 31 August 2020.

*Conditions apply. John Deere Financial Limited. Approved commercial applicants only. ^Internal study conducted on FT4 engines and validated by test machines.

About John Deere:
Deere & Company (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 in New Zealand at

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