21 November 1997

More options on 6010

JOHN Deere has replaced its entire 6000 range tractors with the 6010 Series, fitting new engines, extra transmission options and even offering a front suspension option.

The new range consists of Powerstar-engined four-cylinder models of 80, 90, 100 and 105hp and six-cylinder machines of 105, 115, 125 and 135hp. Externally, the new models dont look much different from the old, but power ratings are up 5-10hp on the models they replace and the new engines meet the all-important tougher new emissions laws.

The TLS (Triple Link System) front suspension is available on all models and will cost about £1700 in Germany. Based on a pair of hydro-pneumatic cylinders and accumulators, it allows 100mm (4in) of up and down movement and uses a third longitudinal link to take some of the forces generated to the centre of the tractor. It remains active all the time and Deere claims that it will bring benefits both on the road and in draft work, as the front wheels will be kept in closer contact with the ground. It also adjusts automatically when using a loader or front-mounted tackle.

There are three transmission options, PowrQuad, PowrQuad Plus and AutoQuad. The standard PowrQuad system is the same as on existing 6000 series models, while PowrQuad Plus allows powershift changes to be made by a small button on the gear lever. There is also scope to choose in advance which powershift gear will be selected when a main gear change is made. AutoQuad adds electronic options including auto-shifting.

Cabs have only limited changes. A new seat is fitted and buyers can now choose between digital and analogue instrument options. The 6010 series goes on sale early in 98, with UK sales expected to start shortly after.n

Out goes John Deeres 6000 range and in comes the 6010 Series – an 8-model series offering a power span from 80hp to 135hp.