New rotary mower launched at BTME
By Steve Mitchell
BTME 2004 sees the debut of John Deere's new 3245C four wheel drive mower, the company's first five deck rotary machine for semi-rough amenity grass.
The 3245C features a powerful 'clean and quiet' John Deere Series 220 liquid cooled and turbocharged diesel engine, with a maximum power rating of 48.5hp. The engine is contained within a new, aerodynamic hood made of a strong, flexible composite material for extra durability and reduced noise levels.
Combining the ability to follow ground contours very closely with optimum cutting performance, at mowing speeds of up to 9mph, the 3245C has five 53cm (21in) independent rotary rear discharge decks, made of heavy duty 10 gauge steel. These provide a total cutting width of 228cm (90in), while height of cut is quick and easy to change, without tools, from 25 to 102mm (1 to 4in), in 6mm (¼in) increments.
Individual turn assist brakes work in conjunction with the newly designed hydrostatic foot controls to stop or slow the mower for tight turns and to provide additional traction when working on slopes.
Standard equipment includes a two post roll guard, plus front anti-scalp and rear rollers which produce an attractive striping effect. A larger capacity oil cooler and radiator are also fitted as standard, ideal for working in a wide range of ground and weather conditions.
A new Command Arm operator console, as featured on the John Deere 2500 Greensmower, is designed for maximum driver comfort and convenience. This provides fingertip control of the throttle, deck drive and raising and lowering of the cutting decks - it even has a built in drink holder, which can also be used to hold a two-way radio or mobile phone if required.
Further operator benefits include a high capacity 68 litre (15gal) fuel tank for all day mowing, power steering, adjustable deluxe seat and steering column, and 50W halogen headlights for increased visibility. Options include cruise control and a mulching kit.
Visitors to the John Deere stand at BTME (no. M9/M10) can also see the company's new 1905 five gang cylinder mower, which has a total cutting width of 345cm (136in) at working speeds of up to 8mph.
Designed primarily for golf & amenity turf applications, this four wheel drive mower features a new Yanmar 51hp (gross) four cylinder diesel engine, hydrostatic transmission and the new Command Arm armrest controls.
Initial production models are being fitted as standard with 76cm (30in) extra strength and precision (ESP) cutting reels, which are particularly popular with golf course users looking for higher productivity. This new mower will also be available with a luxury air conditioned Mauser cab.
For further details please contact David Hart on Tel: 01949 860491