Intelligent boom control gives intuitive operator assistance for John Deere 900 tracked harvester

Updating solutions and systems is our number one priority.

Mon 19 Dec 22


Global forest machinery leader John Deere has announced its latest operator assistance control feature … Intelligent Boom Control (IBC), an operator-friendly system for the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester.

The development of this model is a result of global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, aiming to implement IBC’s field-proven technology into the MHSeries of tracked harvesters.

With IBC, operators no longer need to control each independent boom function separately. One joystick moves the boom tip horizontally, while a second guides it vertically for faster cycle times and more precise control. IBC’s smooth and fluid motion actively dampens functional change of directions, protecting boom structures and increasing wear life. IBC also automatically controls swing speed based on the overall position of the attachment.

The forestry industry is rapidly evolving, and more logging contractors are leveraging jobsite technology solutions to boost bottom line results. These innovative solutions are opening the door to new levels of operator productivity and efficiency, ushering the industry into the future.

“The continuous product development, new features and the updating of systems and solutions are integral parts of John Deere’s way of operating,” says product manager Jim O’Halloran who is based in Alabama, USA

“Intelligent boom control is an example of an important operator assistance feature that we will continue to evolve throughout full tree forestry. Developing solutions for our customers’ needs is our number one priority, and investing in innovation, such as IBC, is an example that helps the overall productivity and profitability for the whole machine life cycle,” Mr O’Halloran said.

This includes:

• Improved productivity, compared to the same machine without IBC, another benefit for customers. IBC allows the operator to focus on controlling the attachment, helping improve efficiency. The controls used for reaching and securing trees for harvest intuitively mirror how the equipment might function if it were the operator’s arm.

• IBC is now available on the 953MH and 959MH. For more information, please scan the QR code, visit or contact your local dealer.


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