Auto-guidance replaces the steering wheel

AUTOMATIC guidance is now available for John Deere 5020, 6000 to 6020, 7000 to 7020 and 8000 to 8030 Series tractors.

It can also be retrofitted to Case IH MX Magnum models, from the MX180 to the MX285.

John Deere’s Universal AutoTrac will also be suitable for tractors and self-propelled equipment from New Holland, Claas, Deutz-Fahr, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Challenger.

It is designed to be used in combination with either the original GreenStar precision farming system or the new GreenStar 2 and the StarFire iTC position receiver.

Accuracy levels to suit all farming applications are available with the new automatic guidance system.

Setting up Universal AutoTrac takes around 30 to 45 minutes, according to John Deere.

It effectively replaces the existing vehicle steering wheel with a specially designed version, which employs a positive drive system run by an electric motor to operate the steering.

Operation is similar to the integrated AutoTrac system on John Deere machines.

The driver sets an A to B line and activates AutoTrac, which is deactivated and manual steering restored simply by turning the steering wheel, for example at the headland.

Operation is possible in straight and curved modes, as well as parallel tracking.

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