Video: John Deere’s monster £850,000 X9 combine

US firm John Deere has given its new X9 1100 combine and 12.1m HDX header a whopping £850,328 list price.

The combine alone is listed at £725,908 and the HDX header adds another £124,420. Although there will be huge on-farm discounts from this price, it easily becomes the most expensive production combine available in the UK.

The new-from-the-ground-up model has been in the design phase since 2015 and was revealed to the public at Agritechnica 2019, with the first models landing in the UK this harvest. It is the highest output combine Deere has ever built, with a move back to twin-rotors and a 4.00 m² threshing area.

For more information, see our previous article on the X9, Huge John Deere X9 combine aims to conquer competition.

Elsewhere in JD’s harvester line-up, it has confirmed that the smaller W-series models have been withdrawn from the UK, leaving the T, S and new X combines.

Cab

As you’d expect on a machine with such a lofty price tag, the cab is suitably plush with plenty of leather and a seat that can heat, cool and massage.

One quirky addition is an electronically latching door, which means there is no burly slam needed to guarantee a seal – just a gentle pull to get a latch and the door will electronically lock in tight. However, it can take a bit of getting used to. The Greenstar receiver is also integrated into the cab roof.

JD X9 cab interior

Joystick in JD X9 cab

Screen

Cab screens in JD X9 cab

Deere has stuck with its well-known 4600 armrest mounted screen and has the option of a second screen in the X9.

The main monitor has hot keys for quick access to settings, while the higher mounted display can be set up to show machine settings or guidance information, along with the various cameras located on the combine.

The top screen is the new infotainment system that Deere has added onto its restyled tractors ranges recently. This DAB unit houses all music and phone settings and can also double up as a camera screen.

Headers

Headers on JD X9

The 12.1m HDX table on show has a 4in double-cut knife allowing the combine to travel at faster speeds. The ribbed Draper belts on either wing catch any small seeds that shell on impact and ferry them to the central belt feeding the 1,720mm-wide feeder house.

Behind the belts is a 432mm cross auger that has fingers throughout its length to haul bushy crops onto the belts. The header sits on four wheels on the rear of the table, which use pressure sensors to manage cut height.

The HDX wings are independent and a parallelogram linkage on the front helps it flex to follow contours both front to back and side to side.

Unloading auger

Adjustable spout on auger

There are three lengths of unloading auger – 7.9m, 8.3m, 8.7m, 9.4m – depending on the size of table, and an optional adjustable spout to help get an even fill on trailers. Unloading speed is said to be 186 litres/sec, with grain tank capacity for the 1100 at 16,200 litres.

Engine

X9 combine cutaway

X9 combine cutaway © John Deere

The 13.6-litre Deere Powertech engine runs a twin turbo setup on the 1100, and a single turbo on the smaller 1000 model. It kicks out 700hp on the biggest version and can help owners achieve a 20% fuel saving compared with previous generation combines, while significantly upping output.

There is also a clever reversing fan that kicks in every 20 minutes to keep the radiator clear. The Prodrive XL transmission apparently offers 30% more torque than the S-series.

Spreaders

JD X9 spreaders

Dealing with the huge back pressure created by the hungry combine was a key consideration for the designers, so the spreader system is split to discharge air from the top of the unit and chopped straw from the bottom section.

The chopper blade assembly is now dimpled, similar to a golf ball, to improve the airflow and reduce power demands, we’re told.

Threshing and separation

Close-up of JD X9 belts and internals

Only four components now transmit power to the machine, which is down from seven on the S-series. There are two less chains on the combine, with belts being preferred for better power transfer. The X9 has a 23% wider body than an S-series to cope with the extra throughput.

The sieve area is 7m2 while the 1,720mm feeder house width is never reduced throughout the whole machine, meaning the crop doesn’t get pinched at any point.

Operators can reverse the machine at full chat and crop has 270deg angle of feeding as it enters the twin 3,510mm rotors for seven revolutions.

Elsewhere, there is active concave isolation, which in heavy crops maintains the clearance from front to back along the concaves for even threshing. Deere claims the combine will sit comfortably at 100t/hour with 1% grain loss.

Tracks

JD X9 tracks

The track units are the same as used on Deere’s S-series machines, and were one of the few parts carried over from these models.

Large grain window

View of grain window in cab

JD has added a super-wide grain window in the cab, so operators can get a decent view of the sample coming into the tank.