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Introducing: the StarFire 6000 Receiver

Posted by Hurst Farm Supply on Jun 30, 2016 2:01:27 PM
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John Deere revolutionized planting when they introduced StarFire technology to the agriculture community. StarFire Receivers use Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation to increase efficiency. This technological program made it possible for West Texas farmers to benefit from a receiver that used both a land survey and an automatic guidance system to make instant real-time accurate corrections, while working in the fields.

Since the creation of the first StarFire receiver, John Deere has worked tirelessly to improve on the system in an attempt to increase overall efficiency.


What is the StarFire 6000 Receiver?

The StarFire 6000 Receiver is a satellite-guided precision tool that works to a high degree of accuracy. The accuracy levels it’s equipped to handle include:

  • SF1
  • SF2
  • RTK

The StarFire 6000 is designed to outperform both StarFire 3000 receivers and StarFire iTCs. The newest addition to the Deere position receivers lineup features:

  • Improved accuracy
  • A higher level of repeatability
  • Better signal pull in speeds
  • It's more user friendly


StarFire 3000 vs. StarFire 6000


How Does the StarFire 6000 Receiver Differ from the StarFire 3000 Receiver?

The StarFire 6000 and the StarFire 3000 have many things in common, including the ability to AutoTrac lost signals, adapt to the pitch and roll of the terrain, reliability over all manner of terrains, and to compensate for the true position of your tractor. However, the StarFire 6000 Receiver also has more to offer than the 3000.

Get Field Work Started Sooner

USB reprogramming allows you to instantly collect to the StarFire 6000 Receiver and start collecting data about the terrain. Once the John Deere display initiates it, the USB reprogramming updates in approximately 3 minutes once the John Deere display initiates the program, something that takes the StarFire 3000 about 20 minutes to complete. This upgrade allows you to get your equipment up and running and into the field right away, rather than spend a considerable amount of your time doing preseason prep work.

It Uses the Much Improved SF3 Correction Level

With the StarFire 6000 Receiver’s SF3 correction level you’ll enjoy pass-to-pass accuracy that’s 40% better than it was with the SF2 correction level that was used in previous StarFire Receivers. Other improvements include:

  • A pull in time that has improved by 66%
  • In-season repeatability

The technology used by the StarFire 6000 Receiver allows you to enjoy the accuracy of an RTK network without purchasing an RTK system. The program will even work at peak efficiency when you’re working in a field where an RTK network has never before been available.

Improved Starfire Signal Tracking

The StarFire 6000 Receiver comes designed to access 252 channels and tracks. It’s programmed to use both GPS (United States) and GLONASS (Russia) satellites. This improved signal tracking will allow you to maintain your accuracy while you’re working in areas where maintaining a signal has always been challenging, such as near a row of trees or beside a large building. When approaching an area where the signal is blocked, the Starfire 6000 Receiver switches from the primary signal to the strongest secondary signal. Once you move past the area, the system switches back to the primary signal. While the StarFire 3000 Receiver was also equipped with similar technology, it takes the older unit 4 minutes longer to complete the transfer.

"StarFire 6000 with SF3 is a great solution when RTK is not available and customers want in-season repeatable accuracy to 1.2 inches," Mike Moeller, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, explains. "SF3 customers can use the same guidance lines for multiple passes throughout the growing season which allows precise placement of seed and nutrients without shifting lines or remapping boundaries."

Please contact Hurst Farm Supply to learn more about the many advantages the StarFire 6000 Receiver will bring to your farming business.


Topics: John Deere, Equipment Feature