In today's competitive work, farm, and ranch environment, many customers are looking for an economical utility tractor with more horsepower and better performance to handle common chores and still provide a comfortable working environment for the operator.

Building on the popular 6003 Series Tractors, the new 6D Series provides even more features and value for the dollar.

“The top three models are powered by a 4.5L PowerTech E diesel engine with a high-pressure common rail (HPCR) injection system,” says Alejandro Galindo, product manager, John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works. “These efficient engines are designed to provide power when needed to handle even the toughest jobs.”

The 6100D features a field-proven, fuel-efficient 100-hp PowerTech engine with rotary fuel injection pump. It's designed to deliver excellent power and lugging ability in a variety of work situations.

“We've improved the transmission on the 6D Series,” says Galindo. “The all-new 9F/9R electro-hydraulic PowrReverser is standard equipment. Once the operator sets the range and gear, a handy left-hand reverser lever is used to move the tractor forward or reverse without clutching! Loader work is easier and more efficient with this new transmission.”

A new wet-clutch design ensures reliable, long life with improved control. The new design also helps overall tractor performance for the many jobs required of a utility tractor.

“Tractor operators will truly appreciate the large, quiet cab available for these tractors,” says Galindo. “And we've increased visibility to the front by relocating the exhaust pipe and visibility to the rear by repositioning the hydraulic selective control valves (SCVs). Customers now have an unobstructed view to the front loader and rear drawbar. Customers will enjoy first-class comfort with color-coded controls that are easy to operate and a new optional air-suspension seat.”

Other features include an exclusive telescopic/tilt steering wheel which can be set for ideal positioning for any operator height and a high-capacity air conditioning/heating system to keep the operator comfortable in all weather conditions. An optional two-function mechanical joystick is available for optimum loader operation.

Open station models maintain the clean and uncluttered design of previous models and the entry and exit is easy for the operator without levers or controls to straddle over. A two-post Roll-Gard assures a safe operator environment and can be folded for low-clearance areas.

“The hydraulic flow on the 6D Series has been increased up to 46 percent depending on the model,” says Galindo. “There is more flow and pressure for demanding loader, three-point hitch and implement work. We've improved front loader capacity and operators will get more loader work done in less time than our previous model tractors.”

Two standard Selective Control Valves (SCVs) are both within easy reach on the right hand console. The easily-set float position allows implements to follow ground contours and, with a special regenerative position, the system has faster cycle times for loader operation. An optional deluxe hydraulic valve system is available with three SCVs and provides adjustable flow and detents supporting a broader range of hydraulic pump requirements.

“The tractors also feature a rugged PTO system, with two speeds as base equipment — 540 and 1,000 rpm — to handle any implement in your operation. It's easy to convert between different implement speeds and the independent PTO unit stays running whenever you clutch, stop, or downshift to keep power flowing,” includes Galindo.

The 6D Series Tractors are available in two-wheel drive (2WD) or mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) configurations. Regardless of the operating conditions, the rugged axle design allows for a tight turning radius to maneuver efficiently in headlands, livestock building areas, and many loader applications around the home, work, farm, and ranch operation.

“Servicing the new tractors is also a snap and we've reduced time and input costs by increasing service intervals,” explains Galindo. “For example, hydraulic oil only needs to be changed once every 1,000 hours, an easy tilt-up hood allows for an easy engine air filter and radiator coolant check, and replacing the air filter does not require any tools.”

The economy, versatility, and comfort of the new 6D Series Tractors are a great addition to the John Deere tractor lineup. They will help customers get more done in a variety of chores with better comfort, visibility, maneuverability, and power.

Please visit our Web site at www.JohnDeere.com/Ag or visit your local John Deere dealer for more information.