John Deere's 2009 Golf Roadshow drew the crowds, as well as favourable comments from greenkeepers and groundsmen, according to the company's turf equipment product marketing manager Henry Bredin. Following its successful tour of the UK in September and October, the event is now visiting the north and south of Ireland in November.
The theme of the tour was precision and productivity. This was reflected in demonstrations of the company's new Quick Adjust cutting units, hybrid E-Cut mowers and HD200 SelectSpray turf sprayer, and the increasingly popular irrigation range for precision water management on golf courses and other sports and amenity turf areas.
"Customers and other visitors said they appreciated the mix of well organised, informative product presentations and the opportunity to drive and assess the new equipment in working conditions, as well as give us their feedback," said Henry Bredin.
"In particular, there was a great deal of interest in the new Quick Adjust cutting units, as featured on our new greens, surrounds and fairway mowers. Many people commented that any piece of equipment or machine that makes their job easier and quicker is bound to be a winner."
Featuring a patented SpeedLink system that is unique in the golf industry, John Deere's new QuickAdjust (QA) cutting cylinders provide rapid height of cut adjustment from either side of the units.
This new technology allows adjustments to be made in just a few seconds to both sides of the rear roller simultaneously, using only an electric drive 16mm (⅝in) wrench or socket. This effectively allows the reels on an entire machinery fleet to be set in the time it previously took to adjust the height of cut on just one mower.