John Deere products are designed for efficiency and productivity. And, by truly understanding your needs and by incorporating innovative technology, we're able to offer machines that are not only more productive and more efficient, they also demonstrate a deep respect for the environment. 'Product Sustainability,' as it's known, is one of the best ways to offer lasting value to you, our employees, our business, and our world.
Solutions to emissions
Since 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has required engines in new off-highway equipment to meet stringent Interim Tier 4 (IT4) emissions regulations. These regulations known in Europe as IIIB affect diesel engines with 174 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 is up to the challenge. We've new technology that considers cost, efficiency, and ease of use, as well as reducing emissions; take our proven Tier 3 PowerTech™ Plus engine that includes cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) for reducing oxides of nitrogen emissions and add an exhaust filter that reduces particulate matter. This approach offers up a fuel-efficient engine platform while providing a proven IT4/ Euro IIIB solution with the least amount of inconvenience. That's John Deere ingenuity.
Setting a green course with hybrid mowers
One thing golf course superintendents have to worry about is having their finely manicured turf damaged by hot hydraulic oil before an important tournament. 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 to follow ground contours.
John Deere has an answer. The 8000 E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mower. By removing hydraulics from the cutting unit drive, this machine eliminated leak points. The cutting units are powered, instead, 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:
John Deere 8320R Tractor Sets Fuel Efficiency Records at Nebraska Test. Nebraska Tractor Test results prove that the 8320R Tractor provides up to 26% greater fuel efficiency over other competitive tractors of similar size in the 75% of pull at maximum power category.
D-Series Knuckleboom Loaders Deliver Higher Productivity and Fuel Efficiency. Productivity-increasing features include the fuel-efficient John Deere 6068 Tier 2 PowerTech™ engine with a high-pressure common rail electronic fuel injection system.
Recycling and Remanufacturing
We use recycled or renewable materials in some products, such as corn- and soy-based plastics for components on combines and some tractors. We also provide remanufactured products to customers around the world. Remanufacturing has been a part of our business for over a decade.
The development and growth of renewable energy sources is vital to the health of our world. John Deere is at the forefront with products that serve the sugarcane and corn ethanol industry. Our hay and forage and forestry equipment are at the center of the biomass movement. And, we are pursuing solutions to serve customers in rapeseed, other oil seed crops, crop and forest residues, dedicated energy crops, planted forests, and other potential bio-energy feed stocks.
Just recently, we introduced a website designed to educate and inform visitors about the importance of harvesting woody biomass. The user-friendly website explains what woody biomass is, why harvesting it is important, how it works as a fuel and what types of innovative public policies are needed to encourage responsible harvesting and the use of woody biomass. "Woody biomass harvesting can provide a significant source of renewable energy, promote forest stewardship and generate economic recovery for the country' forestry communities," said John Deere Marketing Manager Andrew Bonde. "We launched this website to explain just how it works."
In three short, informative videos available on the website, experts-from scientists to state senators-provide insight to help educate the interested public, loggers and other industry members, policymakers and the press. The videos include:
- "Harvesting a Cleaner Environment," which shares how woody biomass can be processed into liquid fuel
- "Healthier Forests," which discusses how uncollected forest floor residue can be an accelerant in forest fires
- "Stronger Rural Communities," a review of how harvesting woody biomass helps provide out-of-work loggers with a new revenue stream and revitalize rural communities.
The website's "Making It Reality" section gives visitors the opportunity to fill out a simple form that sends an automated letter, which encourages inclusion of woody biomass in the new renewable energy standards, to their legislators in Washington, DC.
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 also helps the environment.
For example, by using GPS (global positioning systems), 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. In 2009, the company introduced its new Load Command system that 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's hours of field time saved. Gallons of fuel saved.
With our forestry equipment, machines are designed for maximum productivity and minimal environmental disturbance. Forestry skidders with lockup torque converters make better use of available horsepower. And while John Deere machines use fuel more efficiently, less fuel is needed overall for the operation. For instance, booms on some of our forestry machines can extend beyond 30 feet in many cases, reducing machine movement, requiring less fuel.
The 844K Loader features ride control to navigate jobsites more quickly. And intelligent shifting technology matches clutch engagement to the load. Many 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 a commitment to enhance, improve, and protect your life and your environment.
Why would John Deere – the company founded on the invention of a plow – pioneer no-till farming practices? Because, for many farmers, it makes sense. No-till leaves crop residue on the soil surface, improving soil structure, conserving moisture and reducing soil erosion. Yet, it 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.
John Deere also provides solutions for forest management. Biomass harvesting, for example, is an eco-friendly system of removing residual waste and overstocked, diseased or dying stands of trees. Previously just a fuel for fire and of little use commercially, this forest residue now offers a biomass alternative. And it provides a business solution to the logging industry: how to make new money out of an old problem. John Deere has the right tools at the right time to take advantage of this great opportunity.