AutoTrac Controller 300 system provides customisable precision guidance for wide variety of new and older machines


John Deere has introduced new AutoTrac Controller 300 system for non-guidance-ready machine platforms (Credit: Deere & Company)

American agricultural and forestry machinery maker John Deere has introduced AutoTrac Controller 300, a new universal after-market system that helps expand automated steering to more ag machines.

AutoTrac Controller 300 is a new universal after-market steering kit, which can be customised for different types, ages, and brands of ag machines that include hydraulic steering from a single source and at least four wheels.

The AutoTrac Controller 300 is a dealer-installed kit, which is easy to set up, calibrate and maintain with no modifications required to the original steering wheel or operator area.

John Deere’s new after-market system includes advanced hydraulic and electrical components that offer quick guidance line acquisition with the sense and function of a fully integrated system.

AutoTrac Controller 300 is an economical guidance solution for different non-guidance equipped machines

The new system is an economical guidance solution for different non-guidance equipped machines with single-point steering, including utility tractors, 2WD, 4WD and articulated configurations.

The company aims to extend compatibility to include machines other than tractors by the end of this year.

AutoTrac Controller 300 is suitable for use with cabbed or open-station Deere, as well as other brands of ag machines with front- or rear-wheel steering. It is compatible with both open and closed-centre hydraulic systems.

John Deere ag marketing manager John Mishler said: “This solution is compatible with many newer Deere vehicles not already equipped with AutoTrac, as well as older machines and other equipment brands.

“It integrates with a John Deere precision ag display and StarFire receiver for a complete guidance system and a consistent John Deere Precision Ag experience across the entire fleet.”

In October 2019, John Deere introduced a new 8 Family Tractor lineup with 8R wheel tractors, 8RT two-track tractors and 8RX tractors that are claimed to be the industry’s first fixed-frame four-track tractors.