New machines from John Deere's comprehensive golf and turf maintenance product range will be featured at BTME 2014 in Harrogate in January (main stand no. M58).
These include the new X950R commercial rear discharge/rear collect diesel lawn tractor – a first for the company – and the latest heavy-duty 4x4 Gator utility vehicle, the fast and powerful XUV 825i petrol engine model.
The basic 24hp X950R will be available in four different configurations, with a choice of 122 or 137cm (48 or 54in) rotary mower decks and either a 550-litre (low dump) or 670-litre (high dump) materials collection system. The deep design of the high capacity steel decks allows a constant grass flow and easily copes with all mowing conditions, while the collector can be opened in any position.
Additional user-friendly features include a unique single multi-function hydraulic lever for operating the mower deck, collector and front mounted implements, and a separate hydraulic pump for lifting and emptying the collector quickly at low engine rpm. Equipped with a front hitch and pto, the new X950R can be used all year round with a variety of groundscare implements and attachments.
More power, speed and acceleration are provided by the new 50hp XUV 825i Gator utility vehicle, which has a top speed of 44mph and offers smoother, automotive-style performance. Power steering with an anti-kickback feature is standard.
The 825i features a fully locking four-wheel drive system and fully independent double wishbone suspension, with up to 267mm (10.5in) of ground clearance. The large, one-piece cargo box provides a load capacity of 454kg, while towing capacity is 680kg and overall payload capacity is 635kg.
The turf industry’s biggest choice of hybrid electric walk-behind and ride-on cylinder mowers is represented by the 2500E greens mower and 8000E lightweight fairway mower, equipped with innovative Quick Adjust cutting units featuring the SpeedLink system for extremely quick height-of-cut adjustment. John Deere’s hybrid electric mower technology was the first to be made commercially available on the amenity market, in 2005.
These machines will line up alongside other pedestrian and ride-on cylinder and rotary mowers, Gator utility vehicles, compact tractors and quality parts. In addition, John Deere Financial’s latest interest-free finance programmes mean golf and bowls clubs can still order a new machine until the end of February 2014, with the first of two annual payments at zero per cent interest due in March 2014, based on 60 per cent of the recommended retail price – further details are available from John Deere dealers or online at www.JohnDeereFinancial.co.uk