Intelligent Boom Control IBC

Intelligent Boom Control IBC

John Deere introduced Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) for forwarders in 2013. With IBC, boom control is precise, fast and easy because the operator can focus on controlling the grapple rather than the boom joint movements. IBC was also introduced for harvesters in 2017. In the harvester, IBC has been adjusted to the work cycle; the trajectory and functioning of the boom adjust automatically to the harvester's work phases.

Introducing IBC 3.0

The harvesters 1270G, with harvester head H425 and H424, and 1470G, with harvester head H425, are available with harvester head over-rotation prevention when equipped with the IBC 3.0 and the rotating and levelling cabin. This combination offers even more features that assist the machine operators in their work. Feeding assistant helps avoid feeding towards the cabin and machine, and helps the operator find safe ways of working that keep the machine intact. Sawing assistant helps avoid sawing towards the cabin. These new features, while assisting the operators in their work, improve machine uptime and help to keep the machine in good condition.

IBC 3.0

Intelligent Boom Control 3.0

See how harvester head over-rotation, feeding assistant and sawing assistant help the operators in their work.

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Ease and speed

With IBC, the boom is very precise and easy to operate: the operator controls the boom tip directly instead of controlling independent boom joint movements. Left mini lever controls the horizontal movement of the grapple.


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Vertical movement

The right mini lever controls the vertical movement of the grapple.


End damping in IBC

Electrical cylinder end damping

The IBC system features electrical end damping for all the main boom movement directions. The system dampens the cylinder end movements softly and stops strong blow-like loads in the end positions.

IBC 3.0 brings more automated functions to forwarders

With IBC 3.0, at the push of a button the boom automatically moves to the position from which the previous grapple load was taken – both when loading and unloading logs. The boom can also be automatically moved into transporting position at the push of a button.

John Deere harvester and trees


IBC controls intelligently the use of extension in different stages, which makes work much easier giving the operator more time to plan the next move. New operators learn the work much faster.

Harvester and trees

Durability with end damping

The end damping stops the blow-like loads of the cylinder ends and the operator does not need to watch for boom positions. Work is more fluent and the boom structures and hydraulic cylinders last longer.

Harvester and trees


The boom is very accurate and steady even with longest reaches.

Harvester and trees


When the harvester head is driven to the tree, it moves automatically to the cutting height. After the cutting, when the boom is drawn in, the harvester head moves automatically to the processing height.

Harvester and trees

Slope mode

The boom tip automatically follows the desired trajectory. The slope mode adjusts the trajectory for working on a slope.

Overrotation prevention
Harvester working pictured from above
Harvester working pictured from above