The S700 is one of the most automated combines on the market today. For model year 2020, John Deere introduced several new additions to improve harvesting performance and grain quality.
New for model year 2020
Software upgrades improve the performance of ICA2 even more:
90 percent of operators do not carry out yield calibration due to a lack of weigh bridges nearby, etc., which means they are running with +/-15 percent inaccuracy. The S700 Combine yield sensors automatically calibrate yields within 3 to 4 percent for high precision farming.
New for model year 2020:
Research has shown that the utilisation of a combine’s installed capacity can be increased by up to 20 percent*. Even highly experienced operators can benefit from the S700 Combine’s automated control.
*NOTE: From 'dlz agrarmagazin' 6/2017.
Using the MyOperations™ app on a tablet or phone, you can adjust your combine’s settings remotely on the go:
The chopper's counterknives can be moved in or out from the comfort of the operator’s seat to:
Automatically change the spreading direction of the chopper to compensate for side wind based on global positioning system (GPS) data:
You’ll find the S700 Combines easier to operate the way you want it to. All the controls are integrated in one place. You won’t find yourself looking around the cab for different displays or reaching for out-of-the-way switches. Everything is logically grouped in one place. The Generation 4 display has been completely redesigned with the same, easy-to-use navigational features as a smartphone. Swipe to move from screen to screen, select apps you want to run, and customise screen layouts to suit the way you want to work. We’ve also rethought the navigation process, reducing the number of clicks to get you to where you need to be.
The ergonomic design of the CommandPRO™ hydro handle brings the same seamless experience as multifunction game controllers. Now you can control all the main functions from your hand. What’s more, you can personalise it like never before with seven programmable buttons.
And, best of all, you can switch between screens on the display by turning a wheel on the hydro handle – no need to take the hand off in critical situations when you have to have manual control (e.g., in down crop or while cutting the headland).
When they were designing the CommandPRO hydro handle control, our engineers looked at every hand-held controller from game players to aircraft. We listened to our customers’ demands as well. They wanted more programmable features to customize their harvesting. The result is over 30 percent more functions than any other combine controller.
As soon as your hand grips the CommandPRO hydro handle, you know this is very different from any other machine you have operated. It fits like a glove. The different buttons are in the perfect position. Even the scrolling wheel at the back is comfortable to the touch. It all feels so completely natural. You can imagine closing your eyes and being able to operate it perfectly. Man and machine working in harmony.
Choose the way you want to work: 600X header extension/retraction, 700D belt speed, grain tank cover opening, unloading auger folding, chopping spread direction, feederhouse tilt, and much, much more.
Individual buttons can be programmed via the touch screen on the Gen 4 CommandCenter 4600 Display.
If you have different operators, they will love the fact that they can all store their own individual settings for the CommandPRO hydro handle and display using the time-saving setup control feature.
Consistent grain quality and low loss levels in all conditions
Our revolutionary Integrated Combine Adjustment 2 (ICA2) automatically guarantees consistent output of the harvesting process whatever the conditions. Eliminating the need for regular manual adjustments, it gives operators the confidence their combine is operating as efficiently as possible.
Independent tests* have shown that the utilization of the installed combine capacity by the operator can vary by up to 20 percent. ICA2 takes away that uncertainty, giving you optimum performance hour after hour and day after day.
Once the machine is set up, ICA2 takes care of all the adjustments for the rest of the day. All the operator has to do is drive the combine. No operator input is required, taking away additional stress and ensuring optimum harvesting all day long.
Digital cameras located in the clean grain and tailings elevators continuously measure the amount of broken kernels and dirt, making real-time automatic adjustments to maintain the pre-set levels with no operator input required.
*From ‘dlz agrarmagazin,’ 6/2017
Small improvements in grain yields bring big increases in profits. That’s why John Deere offers a comprehensive range of headers so you can find the perfect match for your crops and your combine. Choose from traditional auger designs (600R, 600F, or 700X) to active crop feeding with belts (700PF, 700D, or 700FD) in a wide range of widths up to 14.5 m (47.6 ft).
More than 650,000 600R headers have been built, making it a proven and field-tested combine header. It has many premium features, including stainless-steel feed plates, a large-diameter auger, and a linear knife drive. The 600F features a flexible cutterbar which lets you drive faster and cut cleaner on uneven ground and helps reduce losses in down or tangled crops. A 600R or 600F with rape seed attachment has the lowest amount of losses during rape harvest due to the longest distance from auger to the knife.
The 700X is the ultimate header if you’re harvesting a variety of crops. It has an unbeatable conversion time of under 3 minutes without the need for any tools. It has one of the longest tables on the market (1,200 mm [47.2 in.]) for a variable header, so grain losses are minimal. You can also adjust it by up to 800 mm (31.5 in.) from the comfort of the cab to respond to changing conditions on the go.
The 700PF features an active transport, head-first crop flow process, which results in a very constant material flow so the combine can run at close to its maximum capacity. This makes it ideal for short-stalked grains or laid and long-growing crops as the feed auger only captures cut material. Conversion to rape seed is fast and simple. The 700PF headers with its 760-mm (30-in.) diameter augers are the perfect match for the S-Series in special conditions like down crop, tall rape seed, or short spring barley.
The 700D Header promotes head-first feeding for smooth crop flow. Its lightweight design reduces ground pressure and the hydraulic tilt angle adjustment adapts quickly to down crop. The 300-mm (11.8-in.) minimum cutting height leaves fields clean, and the knives and fingers are specially hardened to work closely to the ground. Fully integrated into the combine display, it’s also rapeseed capable thanks to the 1,650-Nm (1,217-lb-ft) side clutch and 450-mm (17.7-in.) top auger. Mechanical side knives and a sealing kit option are all it needs to be rapeseed ready.
The 700FD offers all of the features of the 700D with the added benefit of a flexible knife with up to 190-mm (7.5-in.) travel range. Instead of using hinged wings, it flexes over the whole width of the cutterbar to minimise crop losses in uneven ground.
Our corn headers are made in Germany by Geringhoff. Available in a wide range of widths and row spacings to match your combine’s capacity, they can run at high ground speeds even in down crop. Designed for minimal maintenance, the secret to their legendary durability is the precision-engineered aluminium main drives, row-unit gearboxes, and the CENTAFLEX® couplings which eliminates stress on the bearings and drive mechanism of each row unit.
CENTAFLEX is a trademark of CENTA Antriebe Kirschey GmbH.
The single rotor of the S-Series gives you a clear advantage over other, more traditional and hybrid systems. Instead of splitting the crop flow up into two streams, it keeps a single crop flow which consumes less power.
This is because the large diameter of the rotor generates higher inertia than smaller rotors running at lower rotational speeds. The crop also passes over the threshing areas multiple times compared to a tangential threshing system. Research has shown that even without optimisation of the combine, broken kernels do not exceed 0.5 percent. It’s one of the reasons why the S-Series is the combine of choice for many seed producers.
It doesn’t matter if you’re harvesting large areas of a single crop or moving from crop to crop, the S-Series offers true, multi-crop capability. Tested in 36 different crops, you can customise every single component from the header through to the rotor and residue management system. Crop conversion is fast and easy with excellent access to the rotor.
270-degree feeding ensures a smooth transition from a tangential crop flow from the beater to an axial crop flow for the rotor. The large space in the front of the rotor makes this transition easier and less power consuming, leaving more power for threshing. Unlike hybrid systems, there is no need to split the crop flow and squeeze it through a narrow opening which can cause plugging.
This maintains consistent concave clearance for better performance in high yield crops or when there is uneven feeding. It enables the concave to be set much wider for more crop-on-crop threshing. Compared to other mechanical systems, this enables a non-stop overload protection.
The rear section of the rotor is predominantly where separation takes place. Depending on the conditions. there’s a choice of two rotors: the TriStream™ rotor and the variable stream rotor.
The TriStream rotor is recommended for lower yielding crops.
The variable stream rotor is recommended for high yield, rice, or when crops are damp, wet, and green, or in tough straw. For these conditions, the rotor has been designed with a more conical shape at the front. The amount of rotations the crop performs can also be changed from inside the cab. This allows the operator to easily vary the threshing intensity depending on whether they are experiencing moist or dry conditions throughout the day. This also helps improve the straw quality.
5.9 m² (63.5 sq ft) of sieve area makes this one of the largest cleaning shoes on the market. Crop stays on the sieves for longer, maximizing cleaning time and minimizing losses.
The fan delivers up to 740 m³ (26,133 cu ft) of air per minute and was designed to evenly distribute the air over the entire width. Excessive suction on the side is minimized through targeted sealing of the openings, while more air is taken in through air ducts in the middle.
The large air volume paired with the new air flow and the large sieve area makes additional slope compensating features obsolete.
More effective two-stage pre-cleaner
An additional raised front chaffer is a unique feature of the Dyna-Flo Plus. This helps thin the crop mat and distribute it across both the front and rear of the cleaning shoe. It also cleans up to 40 percent of the free grain before it reaches the main chaffer.
Easily optimized cleaning system
We’ve completely redesigned the cleaning system so it’s less sensitive to operator adjustment. This means the operator doesn’t have to constantly make adjustments in changing crop conditions. No pre-chaffer adjustments are required at all, and it’s much easier to optimize the fan.
The self-cleaning conveyor augers ensure active crop flow on slopes and under tough harvest conditions. So even if you are harvesting on hillsides or in wet and sticky conditions (e.g. rape seed or corn), you can be sure that the cleaning shoe is evenly loaded.
The active tailings system is a major performance-enhancing feature of the S780 through S790 models. It increases the capacity of the combine by taking care of tailings separately and makes the overall setup and adjustment easier. The net result is more performance and better grain quality with lower losses, as well as improved straw quality and reduced fuel consumption.
A mini threshing drum with real rasp bars and concave separate kernels still sitting in ears. Like the rest of the threshing system, this is designed to be gentle to avoid grain damage. The concave itself has two settings controlled by a spring lever for easy switching between corn and small grain crops.
The material is returned to the top of the chaffer by an auger. The opening at the bottom of the auger is triangular so material is spread evenly instead of it dropping in one spot. This helps avoid any potential overload of the cleaning system.
The system acts as a re-thresher which takes care of the tailings. This allows the concave to be opened wider which lowers both the power requirement and fuel consumption. At the same time, it has the added benefit of improving straw quality as the crop is not so compressed between the concave and the rotor. The reduction in tailings also allows the bottom sieve to be opened further, which increases capacity even more.
Depending on the gradient of the slope, Active Terrain Adjustment automatically adjusts all the important cleaning shoe settings: fan speed, chaffer, and sieve. It also takes into account the type of crop that is being harvested. For instance, rape seed is particularly sensitive to fan speed changes, so the system adjusts the chaffer and sieve settings first before adjusting the fan speed, whereas corn isn’t as sensitive to wind speed.
Active Terrain Adjustment results in consistently low grain losses on rolling terrain. It also reduces the amount of tailings and delivers cleaner grain to the tank. What’s possibly most important of all, it takes the pressure off of the operator to make constant adjustments.
Going up a hill, both the chaffer and sieve are opened while the fan speed is reduced to keep grain from being lost through the rear of the combine. In this situation, the cleaning system performance increases by up to 50 percent on inclines of up to 16 degrees.
On downhill slopes, the chaffer and sieve close while the fan speed increases to keep grain from pushing towards the front of the machine. This reduces the volume of tailings by as much as 50 percent, resulting in a cleaner grain tank sample. It also saves you from penalties of dirty grain samples when you sell at the elevator.
ActiveYield™ management is another automated John Deere innovation that saves time and improves harvesting performance. Now you no longer have to carry out time-consuming manual calibrations and double-weighing of trailers to get accurate yield measurement results.
Three sensors inside the tank automatically measure the change in weight as the grain tank fills. The system compares the measurement with those of the yield and moisture sensors to calibrate the yield sensor on a permanent basis. The biggest advantage of the system is that it generates a calibration curve at various speeds and throughput levels with a number of calibration points. This is a task that is usually not carried out manually in the field by operators.
What’s more, the system is designed to compensate for shifting grain when harvesting on slopes or if the operator performs a full stop. It even compensates for wear and tear of the elevator chain over several harvest seasons. It’s attention to detail like this that gives you the confidence to rely on the results year after year.
ActiveYield transforms the accuracy of yield mapping, as today 96 percent of customers only complete a single point or perform no calibration at all - only 4 percent complete the recommended multi-point calibration. This improves the accuracy of precision farming as it allows better control of inputs for variable rate seeding, fertiliser application, and crop care.
Now there’s no need to interrupt the harvesting chain for regular weighing in different crops and conditions.
Plus, you don’t have to worry if there’s no weight bridge within close proximity.
The secret to a stable hillside performance is the Dyna-Flo™ Plus cleaning shoe. It all starts with the conveying augers, which move the material evenly onto the cleaning shoe. There’s no chance of it sliding down or moving to one side.
Once the material reaches the cleaning shoe, the real innovation shows. The whole shoe is longer than before and is also longer than comparable concepts from other brands. This means the crop stays longer on the chaffer and sieve. The longer it stays, the more time it has to be separated and the less chance there is of it going out the back of the combine, which reduces losses. This technology allows operators to cover slopes of up to 7 percent.
The sidehill performance package for slopes up to 14 percent contains chaffer dividers, grain agitators, and grain pan diverters. These prevent grain from accumulating on one side and help distribute it over the full width of the chaffer. The agitators actively move grain uphill with every stroke, while the dividers and diverters prevent grain from moving downhill on side slopes.
Together with the in-base technology at the cleaning shoe, you can be confident of harvesting in slopes of up to 14 percent without any compromises or grain losses. This simple and reliable solution has no moving parts either, so it’s maintenance and wear free.
We don’t like compromises and we know the physical limits. That’s why we offer HillMaster for the S770 through S790 models, simply because it is the best solution for slopes of more than 7 percent.
The HillMaster system not only adjusts the chaffer and the cleaning shoe, it levels the whole combine from the feederhouse to the chopper. This means the whole crop flow behaves exactly as if the combine was harvesting on level ground. The grain tank also stays level, which gives you the added benefit of being able to carry a full load even on slopes, saving additional unloading stops. HillMaster won’t just be appreciated when it comes to measuring your yields either. It’s a lot more comfortable for the operator, too.
HillMaster also has the added benefit of keeping the weight distribution even. Without it, the wheels on the downhill side of the combine would experience more load, which would increase soil compaction. By levelling the whole body of the combine, HillMaster shifts the centre of gravity so there’s even ground pressure across all four wheels. This also ensures that the combine has better traction and stability on slopes, which is an important consideration in unstable or wet soils.
There’s a choice of up to three different chopper systems to suit your harvesting operation. Whatever you choose, you can rely on evenly-spread, fine-cut straw from the moment you start harvesting, or well-windrowed straw for quality bales.
All systems feature a discharge swap switch to change the offset for the direction of spread to compensate for wind direction. Our premium and intermediate systems are equipped with a 100 knife, extra-fine-cut chopper. This ensures the residue is quickly incorporated into the soil, releasing valuable nutrients for the next planting season.
The premium system is also a real time-saver. You can switch from chop to drop from the cab at the touch of a button. It proves a very useful feature at headlands or parts of the field which shall be treated differently when you can instantly switch from dropping to chopping.
The Advanced PowerCast spreader is the perfect solution for even distribution of chopped straw and can be beneficial especially on cutting widths above 9 m (29.5 ft). Most customers prefer a vane tailboard for cutting widths up to 9 m (29.5 ft). It is a cost-effective solution which spreads evenly in windy conditions due to its low mounting.
This technology also has the added benefit of lower power and fuel consumption. The spreader accelerates the chopped straw as it passes through the vanes for a wider, more even spread of up to 14.5-m (47.6-ft) wide.
Everyone knows tracks are better than tyres when it comes to unstable ground and muddy conditions, but tracks don’t win in every situation, until now. John Deere tracks keep you harvesting thanks to our unique, updated design. What’s more, the extra-large footprint reduces soil compaction and avoids the need for deep tillage, saving costs all year round.
We’ve completely rethought the whole concept of tracks from the ground up. The updated design represents a leap in performance in every area:
Our updated design retains all the benefits of our previous tracks: retrofitability, hydraulic suspension, five-point contact technology, positive drive with triangular profile, and a climb-out-of-mud effect:
The triangular design provides good ground clearance and has excellent self-climbing properties in unstable ground. The five-point pivot design with small distances between the pivot points and rollers ensure that the tracks tightly follow the ground for better grip. Another advantage is significantly reduced vibration for better ride quality.
Apart from being incredibly tough, another advantage of the IPX 2000 material being used is its self-lubricating properties which reduce wear and tear. Sealed gearboxes and bearings also remove the need for regular greasing. All that’s needed is an oil change every 500 hours.
The track treads are designed with a higher profile for longer wear life. The deep pattern also provides greater grip. They’re self-cleaning thanks to the 55-degree angle between the bars which promotes mud release. Tests show the pattern reduces friction with less heat generated, which reduces wear by as much as 50 percent compared to previous John Deere tracks.
On the road, the ProDrive™ transmission gives you transport speeds of up to 40 km/h (24.9 mph) so you’ll get to where you need to be faster. In the field, it delivers more torque and because of its infinitely-adjustable speed, you’ll cover more hectares in less time.
The ProDrive transmission is an infinitely variable transmission with two ranges and is included as standard on all S780 through S790 models. Shifting between the ranges is automatic without any stopping and is hardly noticeable.
Producing 64 percent more torque across the entire speed range, ProDrive delivers impressive acceleration on the road. It also helps you maintain top speed for longer when driving up slopes as more power is transmitted through the mechanical part of the transmission.
In the field, ProDrive delivers 95 percent more torque around 6.5 km/h (4 mph) (average harvesting speed), which is enough to comfortably pull you through muddy areas or uphill with a full grain tank. It also includes a differential lock, HarvestSmart™ system, and automatic forward speed management system.
Engine speed management automatically controls the engine’s rpm during road transport. This produces fuel savings of 10-20 percent.
The optional push button shift transmission on S760 through S770 models makes changing gear easy. Just push one of the three gear buttons and let the combine do the rest. Stopping is easy, too. The park brake is automatically engaged in the neutral position so there is no need to push a separate hand-brake pedal.
John Deere has designed the S700 Series to minimize maintenance schedules and servicing requirements so you can spend more time harvesting. For instance, there is no central lubrication system, no daily lubrication points, and fewer chains and belts than other combines. When you do need to carry out any checks on the engine, rotor, or cooling system, you’ll also find they’re designed for easy access.
Everything is designed to minimise time switching between crops so you’re not held up when moving from field to field. It’s designed it with the customer in mind and focused on using levers and buttons instead of screws and heavy components located in difficult-to-reach, dusty areas.
Hour after hour and day after day, you cannot afford to stop during the harvest. That’s why we’ve created Harvest Promise – one of the most comprehensive support packages in farming. We promise to get any parts you need within 24 hours of placing your order.
The Expert Check is the way to get your combine ready for the next harvest season. Our specially trained and certified inspection experts know which components require special attention, thanks to John Deere’s sophisticated tools based on expertise from thousands of harvests.
You cannot afford to stop during the harvest. That’s why we’ve invested in one of the best parts logistics in the agriculture business. With more machines in the field than any other manufacturer, we hold more parts in stock than anyone else. It all means we consistently deliver more than 97 percent of all orders within 24 hours. So whatever the challenge, you can rely on us to keep you moving.
We will provide a backup machine if parts are delivered too late. There is no payment or complicated paperwork required. We’ll take care of everything. What makes the difference is that we are not just paying a contractor. We physically have combines in the right amount and the right size on reserve at the dealership to make our promise come true if needed.
*NOTE: Eligible are all John Deere combines that are a maximum of 7 years old, maintained in line with the operator’s manual, utilizing genuine parts only and Expert Check after-season assessment with subsequent repair work carried out as recommended. Available only at participating dealerships.
Our parts network is one of the biggest in the agriculture business. With more machines in the field than any other manufacturer, including more than 112,000 S-Series Combines, we hold more parts in stock than anyone else. It all means we consistently deliver more than 97 percent of all orders within 24 hours. So whatever the challenge, you can rely on us to keep you moving.
Every dealer stocks enough parts to fulfil eight out of 10 orders immediately. Open hours are also longer during the harvest season for that late-night urgent order. You can also check their stock and order directly on JDParts.com 24/7.
If your dealer does not have the part, they can check the stock of 1,900 other dealers throughout Europe using our Parts Locator.
If the part is not in dealer stock, we have regional parts warehouses in Sweden, the UK, and our main European Parts Distribution Centre (EPDC) in Germany. Open 24/7, the EPDC is the size of eight football pitches, stocking more than 275,000 parts from a knife bolt to a 10.7-m (35-ft) combine auger. Ordering to shipping takes less than 2 hours thanks to our advanced logistics and packaging systems.
If needed, we grab spare parts directly from the assembly line in our factories, even on the weekend.
|Select up to 4 models to compare specifications||
|Engine type||John Deere PowerTech™ PSS engine
548 cu in.
6-cylinder twin turbocharger with fully automatic exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology
|Rated power||249 kW
|Fuel capacity||950 L
|Rotor length||312.4 cm
|Rotor diameter||76.2 cm
|Separating area||1.54 m2
16.6 sq ft
|Total cleaning area (louvered)||5.2 m2
56 sq ft
|Grain tank size||10,572 L
|Unloading rate||120 L/s
|Engine type||John Deere PowerTech PSS engine
548 cu in.
6-cylinder twin turbocharger with fully automatic EGR technology
|Emission level||Stage V|
|Rated speed||2200 rpm|
|Rated power||249 kW
|Power boost @ rated speed||25 kW
|Fuel capacity||950 L
|Conveyor chain slat type||Heavy-duty cast iron|
|Rotor length||312.4 cm
|Rotor diameter||76.2 cm
|Rotor speed range||210- 550 / 380-1000 rpm|
|Separating area||1.54 m2
16.6 sq ft
|Discharge grate area||Premium: 0.36 m2
3.9 sq ft
Intermediate and deluxe: 0.52 m2
5.6 sq ft
|Pre-threshing concave area|
|Drum speed range|
|Front chaffer extension|
|Total cleaning area (louvered)||5.2 m2
56 sq ft
|Cleaning fan speed||620-1350 rpm|
|Grain tank size||10,572 L
|Unloading auger length||5.6 or 6.9 m
18.4 or 22.6 ft
|Unloading rate||120 L/s
* From ‘dlz agrarmagazin’ 6/2017