John Deere DirectDrive

It’s fair to say John Deere has lagged behind a bit in the gearbox stakes over recent years.

While nearly all the other main players in the tractor game have set about developing, with varying degrees of success, semi-powershift transmissions that’ll slot in between ultra complex CVTs and bog-basic mechanical boxes, the green giant has dragged its feet somewhat.

The company has always maintained that between its idiot-proof AutoQuad stick-shifter and silky smooth AutoPowr stepless box, operators have had plenty of choice.

Now it seems that has changed – Deere has developed its own lever-free shifter. We got the chance to try out an early evaluation model alongside two tractors with existing semi-powershift and CVT gearboxes.

 John Deere 6R

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