Self-Propelled Forage Harvester

  • 317 KW (425 hp) Tier 2 John Deere diesel engine
  • All-new design delivers improved serviceability with an integrated KP hoist, easy header hook-up and ground level fuel fill
  • A best-in-class cab offers easier to use controls, better display access and visibility

Reliability, cutting performance and cost of operation are the three most important factors when choosing a new forager. Better reliability means more uptime. Precision cutting brings more value to your operation. And lower cost of operation delivers more profitability. The 8000 Series brings all of these to your business and more.



Advanced comfort and serviceability improve performance and uptime

The entire cooling package for the 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvester (SPFH) cooling system can be accessed from the service compartment in the middle of the machine. Everything can be reached easily in one spot on the machine, making daily servicing convenient. The constantly rotating radiator screen allows a wide opening angle for easier service. No tools are required for servicing the air filters. The filters can be reached when standing on the left side of machine in the service room.
The standard 1100-L (290.6-gal.) fuel tank and 43-L (10.6-gal.) urea tank are located in the low center and on the low center left-hand side of the machine. This guarantees a low center of gravity. Both tanks’ filler necks are accessible from the cab stairs. Refueling is done from one single position.

Optimal design and positioning of components increases crop delivery performance

A key concept for the 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvester (SPFH) line was to position all crop-flow components to avoid any flow obstacles, as well as to design the crop path for minimum kinetic friction on the particles.

Key characteristics are a set of front feedrolls where, when the header interface is in a vertical position, the upper-front feedroll (UFFR) reaches out about 60 mm (2.4 in) over the crop in front of the lower one, grabbing the mat from the harvesting header and pulling it into the feedroll gap. This is a key function when corn headers without feed augers are mounted, assuring the machine’s crop feeder is the sole length-of-cut (LOC) metering unit of the harvester.

Ultimately, the 8000 Series SPFHs provide superior crop-flow efficiency, resulting in industry-leading machine capacity in respective horsepower classes as well as low specific-fuel consumption (liter of diesel per ton of crop harvested). Combined with Dura Line™ technology, the 8000 Series SPFH triggers the lowest possible machine maintenance with minimal cost of operation.

Maximise animal performance through forage quality

Three different cutterhead configurations with 10, 12, or 14 lines of knives, a full or half set of knives, and in conjunction with 1100 or 1200 cutterhead rpm provide an overall range of length of cut (LOC) from 3 mm (0.12 in.) up to 52 mm (2 in.). The 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters (SPFH) meet any producer requirements.

Best-in-class power efficiency delivers unmatched performance in the field

Power-efficient crop handling and machine propulsion in the field are critical to maximum field performance on given engine power.

Advanced header control and active header guidance allow precise header positioning through feelers, while the head is not in contact with the ground, resulting in an absolutely even stubble field.

Header attaching comfort is unmatched through an optional automatic drive-line coupler. Operations are reduced to manually applying the locking lever, and quick-coupling electric and hydraulic services.

ProDrive™ system coupled with large tires boost performance and uptime in soft conditions

ProDrive is the industry-leading ground-drive propulsion.

The 8000 Series with the ground-drive-propulsion ProDrive, in conjunction with largest tires in the industry and optimised weight distribution, leads to maximum performance and uptime in soft soil conditions.

The largest tires, with a diameter of 1067 mm (42 in.) and a width of 900 mm (35.4 in.), deliver in comparison to a 7000 Series tires, a 34 percent larger footprint helps the 8000 Series with increased traction as well as less ground compaction.