8R, 8RT, and 8RX Power & Efficiency

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Unmatched power of choice

The John Deere PowerTech™ PSS 9.0L engine and choice of transmissions deliver record-setting pulling power while assuring excellent total fluid economy. The straight-line pull on the 8RT Series Tractors can’t be beat for traction and horsepower to the ground because all of the power comes through one axle. Look at this power of choice:

  • 8R Tractors: seven new models from 172–306 kW (230–410 HP). We added a new lower horsepower model (8R 230) and 10 horsepower to the top model (8R 410) to pull implements faster and maintain higher speeds.
  • 8RT Tractors: four models from 231–306 kW (310-410 HP).
  • 8RX Tractors: four models from 231–306 kW (310-410 HP). All designed from the ground up as a four-track machine through and through.

Engine Options

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John Deere PowerTech™ PSS 9.0L Engine

Get uncompromised performance up to 306 kW (410 HP), even higher through Intelligent Power Management. That’s the most horsepower we’ve put in a row-crop tractor. And it’s all possible thanks to an incredibly smart Engine Control Unit, which senses engine speed and load changes at a rate of 100 times per second.

Intelligent Power Management

Intelligent Power Management

The 8R/8RT/8RX Series Tractors combine world-class efficiency with increased horsepower to push productivity to higher levels than ever before. Intelligent Power Management (IPM) provides a horsepower increase during PTO and transport applications of up to 26 kW (35 HP) for full PTO power and speed. Couple that with the increased hydraulic capacity and these tractors can handle large planters and implements with ease.

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Emissions control

Our integrated Emissions Control system consists of several elements -- a cooled exhaust gas recirculation, a diesel oxidation catalyst, a diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction system — all specifically designed to meet your farm’s rigorous demands. This seamlessly integrated solution can use less diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) for total fluid economy. The aftertreatment system is streamlined into a smaller package than on previous models, improving visibility from the cab and uses less DEF.

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New Fan-Drive Cooling System

The cooling system delivers even in harsh operating conditions. It limits dirt and debris buildup, operates at a reduced noise level compared to earlier models, and is easy to service.

Transmission Options

John Deere is the only manufacturer to offer you three choices in transmissions to give you the flexibility to choose one to fit your needs.

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16-Speed PowerShift transmission with APS

Need simple and reliable mechanical pulling power? The tested and proven 16-speed PowerShift with APS provides full power shifts on-the-go helping save fuel. This means there’s no need to stop the tractor or press in the clutch to change gears; the transmission can simply automatic shuttle-shift between forward and reverse.

e23™ PowerShift transmission

e23™ PowerShift transmission

The e23™ PowerShift option with Efficiency Manager™ pairs the benefits of a mechanical transmission with the ease of an Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT™). The e23 has 23 forward gears evenly spaced 15% apart to fit your different operating conditions and implements. The spacing lets you shift smoothly, resulting in better ride quality while maintaining peak ground speed at reduced engine rpms to save fuel. The e23 also provides 11 reverse choices with a 30% speed change between gears.

Brake pedal sensors on e23-equipped tractors provide an integrated AutoClutch function. During tractor operation, just use the AutoClutch feature to stop and start the tractor with a single stroke of the brake pedals.

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Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT™)

The IVT gives you the best in performance and operation. It’s similar to the traditional gear-up and throttle-back operation performed manually with other transmissions. With a single lever, you can move smoothly from 0 to 40 or 50 km/h (26 or 31 mph) — and any speed in between, including creeper speeds as low as 50 m (164 ft.) per hour. Dial in a specific ground speed and the transmission and engine work together to keep the tractor there, instantly responding to changing load conditions.

New CommandPRO™

New CommandPRO™ Control with an IVT

Experience seamless control of your tractor and implements all in the palm of your hand. Move from parked to top speeds with a simple push of a button. Eleven customisable buttons let you match functions to the job with options to configure various set speeds to keep you in command. It’s easy to learn, easy to use and easy to customise.

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Designed to fit your row crop

The 8RX tractor is ideal for row crop use. Choose from four tread settings -- 193, 203, 223.5, 305 cm (76, 80, 88, 120 in.) – on four track widths 45.7, 61, 63.5 and 76.2 cm (18, 24, 25 and 30 in.). In all, you have 12 track combinations to fit your crop and field conditions.

The ultimate driving strategy:

  • Move from parked to top speed simply with one push or pull
  • Unique inching control from 0 to 5 km/h (0 to 3.1 mph)
  • Simultaneous pedal and joystick driving
  • ActiveZero functions keeps the speed active at 0 km/h until you give command for acceleration