Combining higher capacity mowing with premium cut quality and after-cut appearance, John Deere’s new 8900A PrecisionCut fairway mower is the latest addition to the company’s award-winning A Model family of fairway, rough, trim & surrounds mowers. The mower will make its European debut at BTME 2017 in Harrogate in January.With the new 8900A, which is the widest John Deere fairway mower yet, users can now maximise both productivity and cut quality while having more control over how the machine performs.The mower offers a choice of 26 or 30in (66 or 76cm) wide cutting units, both 7in (18cm) in diameter, which provide an overall cutting width of 114 or 130in (2.9m or 3.3m) together with exceptional contour following. Both units offer an optional verticutter attachment for increased versatility and convenience.The 26in (66cm) cutting units are available in five, eight or 10 blade versions, with optional fairway tender conditioners and rear roller power brushes to further enhance cutting performance. The larger 30in (76cm) cutting units have five or eight blades and allow higher capacity mowing. Precision adjustment of both these units is a simple task thanks to the ingenious SpeedLink system, which is proven on John Deere’s existing fairway mower range. Rated at a maximum 48.3hp (36kW), the powerful, direct injection four-cylinder diesel engine features LoadMatch transmission settings to provide consistent cut quality and excellent climbing performance.The 8900A’s operator CommandARM also incorporates the proven TechControl system, which allows simple but effective management for features such as operating controls, maintenance and diagnostics. Using different screens on the password controlled TechControl display, users can electronically set the mowing and transport speeds simply and quickly by pressing a button.In addition, turning speed can be slowed down to a set percentage of the mowing speed when the cutting units are lifted after a pass, which greatly reduces scuffing.
John Deere is expanding its range of commercial walk-behind mowers with the launch of the new PRO 53MV model, which will be shown in public for the first time at SALTEX 2016 at the NEC in November.Featuring a steel deck, this robust and powerful rotary mulching mower is designed for use by local authorities and larger landscaping businesses, and addresses the need for reliable machines to cut longer grass less often. Equipped with a Briggs & Stratton engine rated at a nominal 3.2kW at 2800rpm and variable speed drive for maximum efficiency, the mower can easily tackle a range of conditions in grass areas of up to 5000m².Weighing 45kg, the PRO 53MV has a cutting width of 53cm and cutting height of 30 to 95mm. It has a good weight balance and wheel profile, while the cutting angle is adjustable on each axle. With no grass clippings to dispose of and the fertilising effect of mulching, using this type of mower saves time and gives a clean cut.The operator can also work longer hours without tiring thanks to the mower’s anti-vibration system (AVS) handlebar, which reduces the level of exposure to hand-arm vibration. A strong crankshaft protection system also ensures that the machine can be kept running even in tough conditions.John Deere will also be showing the latest version of the X950R rear-discharge diesel lawn tractor at SALTEX. This is now equipped with a new, modern digital dashboard which has the look and feel of a car and means important machine notifications are clearly displayed, helping to ensure maximum performance, prevent damage and reduce operating costs.
Increased productivity is also ensured with the ‘best cut zone’ feature, which enables the operator to always run the machine at its optimum speed, while still maintaining a high quality cut.In addition, a newly designed bagger empty assist system uses an ultrasound sensor in the bag and a digital display on the dashboard to indicate the filling level. This tells the operator how much material has already been collected in the bagger, and helps to determine the best possible moment for it to be emptied.With this time-saving, operator friendly system, blocking of the grass chute is reduced and machine re-adjustments for different grass conditions are not required.
Members of the Northern Ireland Guild of Agricultural Journalists thoroughly enjoyed their recent visit to the John Deere dealership Johnston Gilpin & Co Ltd near Lisburn in County Antrim.Organised by journalist Chris McCullough and Randal McConnell, the dealership’s managing director, the visit is thought to be the first ever machinery themed event arranged for the Guild. It was aimed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of John Deere Limited in the UK and Ireland.Randal welcomed the group to the dealership and gave a presentation outlining its history and evolution. The business dates back to 1968 when Randal’s father Donn started it up along with some other investors. Expansion soon followed as John Deere equipment became very popular in Northern Ireland, and two additional outlets were opened.The Lisburn premises were initially situated on Waterloo Road, but a larger site was needed. Randal joined the business in 1992 and two years later a move to the current premises on Lisnoe Road was on the cards after the other two outlets were sold to their managers. Johnston Gilpin & Co Ltd now also operates a nearby turfcare depot on Saintfield Road, where John Deere’s comprehensive range of merchandise is also on display.Guild members were given a tour of the main dealership premises and shown the latest John Deere tractors as well as the huge selection of parts in stock, the workshops and showroom. The highlight of the visit for many of the members present was being able to ‘drive’ a £125,000, 195hp John Deere 6195R tractor.What the members found out was that the tractor really drove itself, as it was GreenStar ready and fitted with John Deere’s AutoTrac automatic steering system.