Besides the AutoTrac system, John Deere has also introduced automatic transmission systems for the 5R and 6M range of tractors

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The AutoTrac system on corner-post display. (Credit: Deere & Company.)

American agricultural machinery-maker John Deere has introduced AutoTrac, an automated guidance system for its 5R and 6M range of tractors.

The AutoTrac enables hands-free steering of the tractor by using GPS coordinates for control. The new system can help operators in making precise passes and feel less tired, if the system is used for mowing, spraying or doing other field work.

The 5R or 6M tractors can be ordered with an AutoTrac guidance screen built into the tractor’s corner-post display. The display for automated steering can be easily understood, regardless of an operator’s level of experience.

John Deere’s AutoTrac system allows for hands-free operation of regular fieldwork

By adding John Deere StarFire Receiver, the AutoTrac system can be activated. Now that the setup process is finished, operators can start using the hands-free steering.

The company is also bringing out new updates for 5R tractors including an optional 16/16 CommandQuad Automatic Transmission that can automatically select the ideal gear and engine speed for optimal fuel efficiency.

Category II hook-style draft links and centre link are another new option for a convenient hookup without the need for a quick hitch.

Deere is also offering more tire options for customers with the addition of large 540/65R38 or 600/65R34 sizes. The bigger tires are claimed to boost load-carrying capacity with the same tire pressure compared to smaller tires. The larger size of the tires also helps in reducing soil compaction.

John Deere marketing manager Lyle McMillan said: “If you’re considering buying or leasing a new John Deere utility tractor and want to add AutoTrac, but are worried about the expense or complexity, worry no more.

“We know price and ease of use are important considerations if you’re thinking about adding a guidance system to your tractor or other machine. Integrating AutoTrac on the corner-post display gives you an affordable and simple way to use straight-line guidance without needing to buy a separate display.

“However, if you want more advanced guidance capabilities for your tractor, and if you want to add precision ag solutions like Section Control and on-screen mapping, other John Deere displays and activations can be purchased.”

The company also said that its Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) can now be added to select 6M tractors for those customers demanding precise speed control or who prefer an automatic transmission.

The new transmission includes an AutoClutch that operators can use to quickly brake and stop the tractor without using the clutch.

Customers can also opt to boost hydraulic flow on select 6M tractors to quickly raise and lower or power large implements or attachments.