Mr Schowalter, how did you get started when it came to further developing the 9 series tractors?
By working intensively with our customers. But we still had an ace up our sleeve: Since 2011, our tractors have been fitted with our telematics system. Using anonymised, aggregated statistics, we have been able to work on improvements in a very focused way and therefore make decisions based on a very solid data base. In a short amount of time, we have been able to test more and validate new designs more quickly.
An important goal in the further development was improved productivity. How did you achieve that?
The 9 series tractors are, to me, the most productive tractors in the world. Not only in terms of the tractors’ performance, but also regarding operational safety. In terms of power, the customer has a range of different engines to choose from, up to 691hp. We also have our newly developed 13.6-litre engine from the X9 combine, which has incredible power delivery. Equally important for us was to further improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Wherever possible, we have taken complexity out of the machine, strengthened the chassis, further improved the hydraulics and electrics, and trimmed the entire drivetrain – transmission, axles, track drives – for absolute durability.
What precision farming benefits does the 9 series offer?
The series 9 tractors are packed with all the technology the precision ag world has to offer. However, this only benefits customers if the technology is intuitive and easy to use. With AutoSetup, once in the field, the driver can get started with just a single click. When crossing the field boundary, the driver automatically sees the next work task on the display, which they then only need to confirm. This not only ensures that the work is done, but also that it is done right – with a correct set of documentation data for management.
Tractors of this calibre work on large areas, making comfort even more important. What does the 9 series have to offer?
For many companies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and retain professional drivers. That’s why the comfort of a tractor plays an important role. We have adopted the brand-new cab from our 7 and 8 series, which has enjoyed enormous popularity since its introduction. Where else can you find such a high-quality cab, a seat with massage function, 65° swivel angle, active ventilation and suspension, a 6.1 sound system with Apple CarPlay compatibility, an integrated refrigerator, an amazing view on all sides and more? This really is a unique driving experience.