Tracked Feller Buncher

  • Peak Power: 224 kW (300 hp) @ 1,900 rpm
  • Max. Boom Reach: 8.49 m 
  • Tractive Effort: 322 kN 


Cut to the bottom line

FR27 felling head FR27 felling head

From small stems to big timber, softwood to hardwood, level or sloped ground, John Deere has a disk saw felling head that’s designed for your job. The new FR27 boasts our highest single-cut-capacity, with over 16 percent more accumulation area than the FR24B, making it an excellent choice for large timber. Delivering efficient, multi-stem high-accumulation performance with huge pocket and tall horns, the FS50 and FR50 felling heads are best suited for thinning and high-production plantation harvests. For more versatile applications, the FS22B and FR22B heads are robust enough to handle large trees, with the tree-handling performance to also efficiently accumulate mid-sized timber. If lightweight is a must, the FR21B is our lightest, high-rotation head that is optimized for small to mid-sized timber. 

  • Wide range of in-house felling head attachments 
  • Optimized for John Deere carriers 
  • Heads are factory-installed 
  • High-rotation heads provide easier placement of bunches 


Felling head size comparisonFelling head size comparison
Cut Capacity510 mm (20.0 in.)545 mm (21.5 in.)559 mm (22.0 in.)

690 mm (27.2 in.)

Accumulation Area0.64 m2 (6.9 sq ft)0.46 m2 (5.0 sq ft)0.48 m2 (5.2 sq ft)0.70 m2 (7.5 sq ft)
Ideal Timber Range150-350 mm (6-14 in.)250-460 mm (10-18 in.)300-500 mm (12-20 in.)460-660 mm (18-26 in.)
Typical ApplicationPlantation, thinning, and select cutSelect cut and final fellingSelect cut and final fellingFinal felling and swamp logging (swell)
Typical OperationHigh accumulation
Short-to-mid-height timber
Mid-to-high accumulation
Mid-height timber
Mid accumulation
Mid-to-tall-height timber
Mid-to-low accumulation
Tall timber
Weight3,370 kg (7,430 lb.)3,660 kg (8,070 lb.)3,140 kg (6,920 lb.)3,550 kg (7,830 lb.)3,840 kg (8,470 lb.)4,250 kg (9,370 lb.)
Wrist Rotation
30 degrees312 degrees302 degrees30 degrees312 degrees295 degrees

Felling head specs

Operate in comfort

Inside the cab of a 953M Inside the cab of a 953M
Floor-to-ceiling front windowFloor-to-ceiling front window

Operating for long hours is common. As the day goes on, maintaining consistent productivity is important. One factor in keeping high, consistent productivity is a comfortable operating environment. The M-series boasts greatly increased window area for better visibility and more cab space over prior models. Low-effort electrohydraulic (EH) controls allow you to customize the button and lever layout to your preference and save your settings when switching between operators. 


  • Large and spacious operator station designed with operator input 
  • Ergonomic controls and increased cab volume over prior models  
  • Floor-to-ceiling front window, large side windows, skylight, and optional floor window (standard on leveling machines) significantly expands operator visibility 
  • Optional heated and ventilated seat  

Gain valuable insights with Precision Forestry solutions

Mobile device using JDLink™Mobile device using JDLink™
TimberMatic™ Maps monitor displaying live production dataTimberMatic™ Maps monitor displaying live production data
Machine Health Monitoring CenterMachine Health Monitoring Center

Now included in base machine, the JDLink telematic system provides the foundation for John Deere’s Precision Forestry solutions. These systems help optimize your machine, your uptime, and your jobsites, which ultimately lead to improved production efficiency.

  • JDLink connectivity enables you to view several parameters of your machine, including its location, fuel level, average fuel burn rate, idle time, machine utilization, and much more
  • When enabled, John Deere Connected Support™ allows the dealer to provide remote diagnostics, rapid service response with the right part in hand, and parts availability; all to maximize machine uptime
  • John Deere’s centralized Machine Health Monitoring Center analyzes data from thousands of connected machines, identifies trends, and develops recommended actions to help prevent downtime
  • TimberMatic Maps gives enhanced visibility to the jobsite, which streamlines communication and increases efficiency
  • TimberManager™ provides remote visibility to your operation from any device, allowing you to make smart business decisions based on real-time production data

Serviceability within easy reach

An operator stands on the enclosure platform to service the engineAn operator stands on the enclosure platform to service the engine
Service doors and enclosure open on an 853M Service doors and enclosure open on an 853M
A grease bank is located near the battery disconnect, to easily service the boom joints A grease bank is located near the battery disconnect, to easily service the boom joints
The rear service ladder provides access to the diesel fuel and diesel-exhaust fluid (DEF) fills The rear service ladder provides access to the diesel fuel and diesel-exhaust fluid (DEF) fills

Easy access to service components helps operators perform daily checks and any scheduled maintenance, which helps minimize unplanned downtime and costly repairs down the road. The 800M-series tracked machines feature a fully opened enclosure and service doors for excellent access to all scheduled maintenance areas.  

  • Smart debris management designed to keep your workspace free and clear 
  • Variable-speed reversing fan helps minimize debris build-up in the cooling package 
  • Swing-out doors provide wide-open access to the cooling package 
  • Optional vacuum pump for convenient servicing of hydraulic components 
  • Grease banks for servicing hard-to-reach joints 
  • Large fuel tank extends intervals between fill-ups 
  • Remote diagnostics and machine monitoring with JDLink™ 

Sure-footed stability

U7 undercarriageU7 undercarriage

The M-series undercarriage is purpose built to handle severe forestry applications while maintaining maneuverability, especially in thinning operations. The track frames are shaped to deflect debris while also providing strength and stability.

  • Long, wide undercarriage provides solid balance to maximize stability
  • Exceptional tractive effort for negotiating difficult or steep terrain, deep snow, and swamps
  • Optional closed-loop hydrostatic drive on 800M/MH models for increased multifunctioning performance
  • Various track pad widths and grouser types are offered to best suit the machine to its application
  • Optional tri-track helps prevent premature wear due to track twisting