Re: rear axle suspension in the next 8R series?
This suspension might have been sold in France for a few months. At least it was pre serial tractors that customers could buy. A few were running in the country, but regarding the poor sale volume, Deere decided to retire it from the option list. They decided too to replace customer's suspended axles by rigid ones, since they didn't want to start the big work of dealer training, parts management, repairs...
I think they could have sold some in Europe, front suspension was already common, in NA it was completely different. Farmers are just discovering front suspension, it was just too early for the rear one!
Quote:I love comfort as much as anyone. But there is a hidden side of insulating the operator from his surroundings that also must be addressed.
That is true, you then have to put a real consciencious operator behind the wheel not to destroy all your equipments.
But for mounted implements the design was a beast. All the tractor was suspended, which meant very low non-suspended wheight. The hitch and drawbar were suspended, so for fully mounted equipments, a complete protection. For towed ones, it was like a premium tongue suspension!
Compared to the JCB fastrac, it was for me a far better design. On the JCB, the hitch and drawbar aren't suspended, it's more non-suspended wheight, and no tool protection.