Working the land. Protecting the planet.
John Deere products are designed for efficiency and productivity. And by truly understanding your needs and incorporating innovative technology, we're able to offer machines that not only are more productive and more efficient, but also minimize impact on the environment. "Product Sustainability," as it's known, is one of the best ways to offer lasting value to our employees, our business, and our world.
Solutions to emissions
Beginning in 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency required engines in new off-highway equipment to meet stringent Interim Tier 4 (IT4) emissions regulations. These regulations affect diesel engines with 174 hp to 750 hp and require a 90% reduction in particulate matter and a 50% reduction in oxides of nitrogen emissions from Tier 3 levels.
John Deere met the challenge. We developed new technology that considers cost, efficiency, and ease of use, as well as emissions reductions. We took our proven Tier 3 PowerTech™ Plus engine, which includes cooled exhaust gas recirculation for reducing oxides of nitrogen emissions, and added an exhaust filter to reduce particulate matter. This approach creates a fuel-efficient engine platform while providing a proven IT4 solution.
Setting a green course with hybrid mowers
One big worry for golf course superintendents is having their finely manicured turf damaged by hot hydraulic oil. Most hydraulic leaks in the reel mowers used on golf courses come from the flexible hoses that feed hydraulic oil to the reel drive. Those hoses get a lot of flexing as cutting units are raised and lowered throughout the day and as they move up and down to follow ground contours.
John Deere has a solution: the 8000 E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mower. By removing hydraulics from the cutting unit drive, this machine eliminates leak points. The cutting units are powered by a 48-volt, 180-amp alternator. And no additional batteries are required. The design also reduces the engine speed needed for mowing, which saves significantly on fuel and reduces noise for both the operator and all those around.
John Deere has a long history of providing fuel-efficient equipment. Current examples include:
Nebraska Tractor Test results show that the 8320R Tractor provides up to 26% greater fuel efficiency over competing tractors in the 75% of pull at maximum power category.
Deere's new Hybrid 644K series loader features a new diesel-electric drive system that delivers increased productivity while achieving significant fuel savings.
Recycling and Remanufacturing
We use recycled or renewable materials, such as corn- and soy-based plastics, in components on many of our combines and tractors. We also provide remanufactured products to customers around the world. Remanufacturing has been a part of our business for over a decade.
Find out more about John Deere Reman Parts.
Although water is much needed today — and certainly will be in the future — not everyone understands the demand for and the availability of this essential resource. John Deere does. We offer products and services aimed specifically at helping customers conserve precious water. In fact, John Deere Water is one of the largest water irrigation companies in the world, providing high-performance micro-irrigation and drip-irrigation products for the agricultural, nursery, and greenhouse markets. These irrigation methods improve not only water use efficiency, but also yields.
Another John Deere division — John Deere Green Tech — provides field engineering for irrigation control equipment. Green Tech developed a generator that produces electricity from water flowing through pipes. The device yields enough energy to power a landscape irrigation controller system or other functions such as low-power lighting or data-logging systems.
It's amazing what new technology can do for you. Make your life easier. Simpler. More productive. And save you time and money. At John Deere, we know that the best technology can do all these things, as well as help the environment.
For example, by using GPS (Global Positioning System), we can increase machine efficiency and productivity in many operations. Besides helping to steer equipment, our precision GPS technology helps control equipment functions, from field preparation through harvest. Seeding equipment can use GPS to control where to seed, helping prevent wasteful overlap or planting through waterways. Machines that apply crop protection products and fertilizers use GPS with other machine intelligence technology, as well. That leads to more precise application of crop care products. Less waste, less environmental impact.
Combines use machine intelligence features that deliver automatic feed rate control, assisted steering for higher efficiency, and less fuel consumption.
Of course, saving time in the field also dramatically reduces fuel use. The John Deere Load Command system can reduce the time needed to load a self-propelled sprayer from as much as 15 minutes to as little as 3 minutes. Over a growing season, that saves hours of field time and gallons of fuel.
With our forestry equipment, machines are designed for maximum efficiency, productivity, and minimal environmental disturbance. For example, Forestry skidders with lockup torque converters make better use of available horsepower. Because John Deere machines use fuel more efficiently, less fuel is needed overall for each operation. Design is a factor, too. For instance, booms on some of our forestry machines can extend beyond 30 feet in many cases, reducing machine movement and requiring less fuel.
Our 844K Loader features ride control to navigate jobsites more quickly. And intelligent shifting technology matches clutch engagement to the load. Many of our machines have Total Machine Control, an electro-hydraulic system that automates many functions.
Greater productivity. Less time at the task. More fuel efficiency. All born of John Deere technology and our commitment to improve and protect your life and our environment.
Why would John Deere — a company founded on a plow that revolutionized tilling — pioneer no-till farming practices? Because for many farmers, no-till farming makes sense. No-till leaves crop residue on the soil surface, improving soil structure, conserving moisture, and reducing soil erosion. Yet no-till farming does require sensible management and machinery solutions. John Deere continues to provide the support and products no-till farmers need to make their chosen production method successful and sustainable.