X Series Combines
Tough straw. Wet corn. Staring down less-than-ideal harvest conditions as go time approaches. We’ve all been there. You have a tight harvest window and an even tighter profit margin. You need more productivity and low losses. You need a combine that can get as much done in a day as you need it to — day in and day out, season after season. You need an X9 Combine. These new combines deliver an average of 45% more harvesting capacity across all crops, with no sacrifice in grain quality — all while using 20% less fuel. The X9 1100 can harvest up to 30 acres an hour in wheat. And it can harvest up to 7,200 bushels an hour in high-yielding corn, which is more than enough to fill 7 semi-trailer trucks per hour. That’s Harvesting to the Power of X.
Lower your harvesting costs, raise your expectations
The X Series helps reduce fuel costs by 20 percent per bushel harvested. Plus, you can count on an improved grain tank sample and better residue spread, which adds up over a harvest season. With this improved design, you can harvest more acres per day with improved fuel consumption.
- 20 percent better fuel efficiency per bushel harvested - Run 14 hours without stopping for fuel and enjoy fuel savings of up to 20 percent or more as measured in gallons per bushel. An updated John Deere engine, belt drive system, and ProDrive™ XL transmission make it possible. The 13.6L (830 cu-in.) John Deere PowerTech™ engine runs at 1900 rpm during harvest and is partnered with an updated driveline layout that reduces parasitic loss to improve fuel economy. The ProDrive XL transmission leverages two efficient motors to improve power transfer at typical harvesting speeds, and when moving to the next field you can travel up to 40 km/h (25 mph) to get back to harvesting.
- 36 percent larger cleaning shoe more efficiently cleans high-yielding and high-foreign-matter crops with less loss and a better grain tank sample - Conditions may change throughout the day but your grain quality won’t. The massive 7-m2 (75-sq ft) Dyna-Flo™ XL cleaning shoe delivers 36 percent more cleaning area to effectively handle thin dry crop, thick wet crop, and everything in between.
- Uniform residue spread up to 15.2 m (50 ft) with the ability to properly size residue from the cab - Size the chaff and spread it where you want it to speed decomposition and improve soil warming – a feature you’ll really appreciate next year in the spring.
More bushels per hour, more acres per day
If you ever wished you could harvest a few more acres per day, the X Series Combines is the right choice for you. More capacity – up to a 70 percent increase on the X9 1100 – means you can cover a lot more ground with improved grain quality and less grain loss.
- Harvest up to 7200 bu per hour in high-yielding corn and 30 acres per hour in wheat – The X Series dual separator with 45 percent more threshing area and 80 percent more separating area than previous models improve performance in the toughest conditions.
- Reduce losses and improve grain tank quality – With 36 percent more cleaning area and 85 percent more air flow than previous models, the Dyna-Flo™ XL cleaning shoe was built to handle the increased capacity from the rotors. The industry’s largest cleaning shoe keeps loss levels low and grain quality high; you’ll really appreciate the difference in tough wheat, canola, and high-moisture corn.
John Deere X9 1100 vs. CLAAS® 8800 – Independent PAMI benchmarking
Combine capacity, time, and money - what are they worth to you? In late September and early October of 2020, John Deere contracted PAMI (Prairie Agricultral Machinery Insitute) to conduct independent benchmarking of the John Deere X9 1100 Combine versus the CLAAS 8800 Combine. PAMI tested these combines in tough wheat and canola conditions in Western Canada, and what they found was impressive. Read the full PAMI reports at www.pami.ca/publications.
In 102 bu/acre wheat, PAMI found the X9 1100 Combine had a 28 percent capacity advantage over the CLAAS 8800 at a 1 percent total loss threshold (figure 10 of the PAMI report). Considering a farm with 8,000 acres of wheat, here is a breakdown of how a John Deere X9 Combine would compare to a CLAAS 8800 when harvesting wheat at 1 percent loss:
TIME AND MONEY
With a John Deere X9 Combine, you can simply harvest more acres in less time and with less grain loss. In fact, as you can calculate from the PAMI testing results, the X9 Combine can save you 6.3 total harvest days when compared to the CLAAS 8800 in a two-machine harvest scenario. This is essentially a week of time saved in the field with your combines. A lot can happen in one week, including rain storms that reduce your wheat’s test weight or snow storms that can prolong your harvest and make for very difficult harvesting conditions in the future. An X9 combine helps you manage this risk by enabling a faster and cost-saving wheat harvest, so you can get into other crops such as canola and pulses much earlier.
In addition to getting your crop out of the field faster, an X9 Combine also directly saves you money by requiring less time to do the same amount of work. The X9 can save you $0.66 per acre in operator time and $5.53 per acre in depreciation savings, for a total savings of up to $6.19 per acre when running at 1 percent loss.
Everything discussed until this point has been at a 1 percent loss rate. Let’s say storms are in the forecast and you need to get your wheat crop off the field as fast as possible. An X9 Combine is up to that task as well. When PAMI tested both machines to a power limit condition (figure 10 of the PAMI wheat report), here’s what they found:
At power limit, the X9 1100 never exceeded 2 percent loss, and the CLAAS 8800 reached a 6 percent loss rate. When you need to get your crop off the field as fast as possible, the X9 can save you up to $24.07 per acre compared to the CLAAS 8800. Additionally, more available power would not have helped the CLAAS 8800 close this gap, since the 8800’s loss rate was already increasing at a higher rate compared to the X9 1100. If rain or snow is in the forecast or if you are short on time, an X9 Combine can deliver outstanding performance in tough conditions as demonstrated in the results of the PAMI testing.
When PAMI tested the machines in canola, both machines performed well in tough conditions. Each machine reached a total throughput of 63 tonnes/hr or 1,152 bu/hr at a 3 percent loss rate. However, the X9 1100 used 18 percent less fuel per bushel harvested than the CLAAS 8800 in these tests. When you consider this on a farm with 4,000 acres of canola, you’d save over 1,227 gal. of fuel or $0.79 per acre. PAMI also mentions that machine noise and distress were limiting factors on how hard the machines could be pushed in these conditions, and the X9 1100 could be ran at a higher throughput (see figure 10 of the PAMI canola report). This again speaks to the performance of X9 Combines when needing to harvest in the toughest conditions.
More acres in less time and with less cost is what the independent PAMI benchmarking results prove you get when you purchase a John Deere X9 Combine. Reach out to your John Deere dealer to learn more about how the X9 Combine can help you be more successful in your operation.
The examples provided here are based on the yields and conditions where the independent PAMI benchmarking took place. Actual values will vary depending on your conditions, yields, machine count, and operational efficiencies. Here is a summary of the values used:
- All $ amounts are in U.S. dollars
- 8,000 acres of wheat
- 102 bu/acre for wheat yield
- $5.90 per bushel for wheat
- 4000 acres of canola
- 72 bu/acre for canola yield
- $11.60 canola per bushel
- $2.10 per gallon for diesel
- Machine depreciation and total fleet depreciation are based on a $250 per engine hour reduction in value. It should be noted that different rates may be experienced in the market. This rate is for this example only.
- 0.8 field efficiency factor
- One harvest day assumes a 14 engine hour day with a 0.7 separator hour-to-engine hour ratio
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All-day performance in all crops and conditions with the X9 Combine
You want the ability to be more productive early in the morning when the crop is tougher and later in the evening as the dew settles. With the X Series, no matter what condition your fields are in, it keeps performing like it’s the middle of the day. More importantly, the combine stretches the length of the harvest window, allowing you to get in the fields sooner and stay later than before, without risking a loss in productivity or grain quality.
- More productivity in the early morning and late afternoon – The feederhouse is 23 percent wider than previous models, allowing it to handle as much as 100 tons/hr of wheat or 253,721.3 L (7200 bu) per hour of high-yielding corn. Increased rotor threshing and separation area improves your ability to harvest in tough conditions. Increased cleaning shoe area improves your grain tank sample, the 23 percent wider residue system can effortlessly chop and spread residue. The result is an X9 Combine that can handle early-morning’s thick wet crop or the highest-yielding parts of your field with less plugging.
- Automated setting adjustments with Combine Advisor™ technology package – Crop conditions change dramatically throughout the day and from field to field, which means you can spend time changing combine settings or you can run an X Series Combine that makes the adjustments for you. Combine Advisor adjusts all five harvesting settings as conditions change, reducing grain loss and improving quality. It automatically compensates for changing conditions like wet straw and dewy conditions, even if you can’t see them.
- Faster crop changeover with improved rotor/fast rpm shift, lighter concaves, and no-tools-required grain tank cleanout – Spend more time harvesting and less time prepping. The rotor and fast gear shift location has moved next to the cab door entrance for quick shifting when changing to different crops. The half-width concaves are lighter, making them easier to handle and remove. Each of the six concaves weigh less than 14 kg (31 lb), and drop-down cradles make it easy to slide the concaves into position. No tools are required to clean out the grain tank, making it easier to quickly remove crop before heading to the next field.