Many of you are looking forward to purchasing a reasonably priced tractor auto steer solution to become more efficient and reduce fatigue when you’re in the field. We have received a lot of questions about using RTK BEE station with an auto steer system so we decided to create our own solution.
From 2016 we were looking for the best automatic steering controller that we could integrate with. We researched into available controllers and conducted a series of tests with different systems. We have chosen the controller from AgJunction because:
- AgJunction has more than 20 years of experience in the precision agriculture industry and especially in the development of tractor autopilots. Its controllers are used by Ag Leader, Raven, TeeJet and other precision farming technology providers.
- It is easy to install – there are special custom kits available for simple mounting on a tractor
- It supports more than 700 tractors models
- There are steering ready, hydraulic and mechanical options available
After we successfully completed several tests, the accuracy delivered by FieldBee was close to 0 cm. Thanks to the integrated IMU controller automatic steering was reliable and smooth. And this is only some of the reasons why FieldBee is the best choice.
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How FieldBee automatic steering system is different?
There are many automatic steering systems available on the market. The FieldBee system is better because:
The FieldBee RTK system provides 0-4 cm accuracy. The FieldBee sensor can be connected to a local NTRIP provider and can easily be moved from one tractor to another. Thus, the price for such accuracy can be as low as €600.
The automatic steering controller comes with built-in tilt compensation without any additional costs. This feature improves accuracy, especially when working on hilly fields.
Works on any tractor.
The assembly kit can be used for 1000 tractor models and increases the quality and the accuracy of the system. There is a special adjustable kit for the rest of the models.
Different installation modes are available:
steer-ready, hydraulic and mechanical. If your tractor is not steer-ready you can choose between hydraulic and mechanical installation. We will go through all three installation modes later in this article.
The same automatic steering components are used by Claas, Mueller-Electronics, Ag Leader, TeeJet and other precision farming technology providers.
Another positive feature of this system is that you can easily move it from one tractor to another. You will need to purchase a special kit for each tractor (€100-150) but the rest of the system parts you can interchange between tractors.
Upgradable to new functionalities
such as section control, teamwork and much more. Let us know what you need most, and we will try to implement as soon as possible.
High quality, highly accurate RTK system for the price of submeter accuracy.
Auto steer mounting options
Auto steer installation modes:
You will receive the auto steer kit specially designed for your tractor model with the detailed instruction for installation and all necessary installation tools.
The installation will take between 2 and 4 hours work of your mechanic.This method is suitable for most tractors and provides accuracy from 4 cm to 30 cm, depending on the quality of the steering pad.
Auto Steer valve that was installed on the vehicle with the Vehicle Specific Installation kit or generic install. This valve is not a factory installed option.
Instead of the mechanical way, depending on the tractor model, an autopilot can be installed in a section of the hydraulic amplifier. This kit can be easily mounted by the mechanic without any milling operations. Driving accuracy can reach 0-4 cm.
This way of installation can be done only by certified mechanics.
The latest models of tractors are usually equipped with an interface for the autopilot controller. You can directly connect to most vehicle manufacturer factory installed steering systems (ex. Steer-By-Wire, ISO-Bus, CAN, etc.). In this case, it is sufficient to purchase only the FieldBEE, RTK BEE Station and the controller. Depending on your tractor model you might need to purchase software unlocks from your tractor dealer to enable the auto steer feature.
We are continuously working on decreasing the price of our auto steer system. Our goal is to make the eFarmer automatic steering 30% cheaper than the existing solutions. We are able to achieve this price due to the lower cost of our RTK system and the use of eFarmer mobile app instead of the terminal.
“eFarmer auto steer system will be at least 30% cheaper“
The exact price of auto steer depends on the price of controller needed for your tractor and the installation mode.
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Interested in auto steer?
We are developing the automatic steering feature that together with our app and our RTK antenna will allow you to upgrade your tractor with minimum costs and high quality. You only need to pre-order RTK BEE Station and select the autopilot for your tractor.
We promise you that our products will work as good and even better than well-known brands and will be substantially cheaper. We are truly committed to delivering on our promise – make precision farming technologies accessible to all the farmers in the world.
FeildBEE + RTK BEE Station + Auto steer