Self-Propelled Forage Harvester

  • 460 kW (617 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 centre and on the low center left-hand side of the machine. This guarantees a low centre of gravity. Both tanks’ filler necks are accessible from the cab stairs. Refuelling is done from one single position.

Heavier designed components increase reliability while improving uptime and lowering cost of operation

Machine size, weight, or soil compaction associated with weight, and tire size are critical to producers’ acceptance of a certain machine on their fields. As the existing configuration of the 7000 Series maxed out, a key demand on the 8000 Series was to find a machine layout for optimum weight distribution and maximum capacity potential.

Optimal design and positioning of components increases crop delivery performance

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.

Automatic header detection

8000 Series machines are equipped with the multicoupler interface for all hydraulic and electric services to the SPFH harvesting headers. Through the electric wiring coding in the multicoupler, distinct header identification is assured, allowing it to automatically refer to customized header settings stored in the respective controllers onboard the SPFH. This allows the operator to instantly call back all settings that resulted from the last harvesting experience. All calibrations required for proper header operation are automatically recalled in full when attaching the header.

Maximize 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 customer requirements.

Industry-leading crop processing technology, such as from a conventional roller kernel processor, or from the latest XStream KP disk processing technology characterises the 8000 Series approach to highest harvesting quality, essential for maximum performance.

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.

On the 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvester (SPFH), this is addressed through a unique machine layout leading to a fully harmonised crop path, avoiding any abrupt change of flow direction in the channel.

The 8000 Series machines feature automatic header detection, which automatically triggers all relevant calibrations and pre-settings memorised on the machine controllers.

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 optimized 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.