New for 2012 are high-horsepower 4WD and track 9R/9RT tractors, 6R series row-crops tractors and 5 series utility and specialty tractors. The 7R and 8R series row-crop tractors have already been introduced.

The 9R and 9RT are the big guns for farmers, ranging from 360 to 560 hp and replace the 9030 series tractors introduced in 2007. They come in five models, three with tracks.

They also feature integrated technologies like Auto-Trac and JDLink, and come equipped with high-flow hydraulics and PTO options. Except the 9360R, they offer John Deere’s advanced PowerTech PSX 13.5L engine. Both the PowerTech PSX9.0L and 13.5L engines feature an in-line six-cylinder, four valves per head, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, electronic engine controls and series turbochargers.

Road transport hits 25 mph and the 9 series features the CommandViewII cab, which proclaims being 10% bigger overall with 7% more glass area and four times more storage than the previous cab. The cab also features the CommandArm fingertip controls and the new GreenStar 3 CommandCenter Display.

The 8R series comes in six wheel models and three track models. The wheel models range from 225 to 345 hp; the track models range from 235 to 275 PTO hp. This series was introduced in 2009. 

Five new-from-the-ground-up 7R series tractors (7200R, 7215R, 7230R, 7260R and 7280R) have increased horsepower and now range from 200 to 280 hp. They feature Infinitely Variable (IVT) and Command Quad transmissions, ideal for tillage and planting, says Jarrod McGinns, marketing manager for the 7 family tractors. All in the series come with new interim tier 4 EGR PowerTech engines. The 7 series is available at dealers now.

Both the 7R and 8R series offer front hitch and front PTO features.

For 2012, the new 6R series, which replaces the JD 7430 Premium and 7530 Premium models, includes three new models: the 6170R with 170 hp, 6190R with 190 hp and the 6210R with 210 hp. “We’ve increased hitch-lift capacity, hydraulic-flow rate by 41%, added a type 3 drawbar and type 3 rear PTO and made the cab 20% larger, says Chris Borgman, product manger for mid-size tractors.

And finally, there’s the new 5 series utility tractors for 2012 with options ranging from 65 to 115 hp. They come standard with MFWD engagement that activates two- or four-wheel drive with the shift of a lever.