Capacity up in new JD cart

The John Deere C850 Air Cart is an ideal match between cart capacity and in-field performance.
Camera IconThe John Deere C850 Air Cart is an ideal match between cart capacity and in-field performance. Credit: Visual Services-East Moline

John Deere has introduced its largest air cart — the C850.

The cart’s 850-bushel carrying capacity is 55 per cent greater than previous models and provides an ideal match between cart capacity and in-field performance when paired with John Deere’s 9R tractors and air-drill offering.

John Deere product marketing manager for seeding Ryan Hough said the C850 offered outstanding performance, enhanced uptime and reduced cost of operation.

“Producers will see industry-leading total product delivery from AirPower 2, standard equipment on the C850,” he said.

“Integrated tank scales are included and a five-pivot hydraulic wireless conveyance is capable of delivering 3524 litres per minute to fill all tanks from a single positioning of the cart and truck. Every additional bushel of capacity to each tank was considered to ensure the splits were right, allowing more time for seeding.”

Mr Hough said this allowed producers, using common input rates, to seed almost 70 hectares, yet avoid the additional soil compaction and decreased flotation that came with less than optimal tank splits on larger cart offerings.

“The John Deere solution delivers greater uptime and requires less horsepower,” he said.

“The C850 is able to seed a comparable number of hectares to carts nearly 100 bushels larger without carrying the added weight of unused product that can result in increased soil compaction and decreased flotation.”

The C850 is compatible with the 23.2m John Deere 1870 Air Hoe Drill, and 15.2m and 18.2m 1890 No-till Air Drills. A 50 bushel mini hopper and dual rear and single front tyres are included. The new air cart can also be equipped with features including AirPower 2, ActiveCal, Area Remaining and Section Command.

Calibration on the C850 can be done from a robust display mounted to the cart. For those who want to calibrate from the comfort of the tractor cab, ActiveCal allows in-field calibration while seeding. Air-tank pressure can also be monitored from inside the tractor cab.

“The heavy-duty frame is built for years of use, and stainless steel primaries were used to reduce corrosion and wear,” Mr Hough said.

The single-lid per tank design allows for easy access and filling.

Lids are flush across the top and, when opened, slide along the contour of the tank to remain out of the way while filling.

Equipped with an integrated camera wiring harness, standard C850 models come from the factory camera ready.

Factory-installed mounts and connections are located at the rear of the cart and inside each tank.

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