0 John Deere promote new range of products for 2014

IMG 2583Over fifty greenkeepers representing over thirty golf clubs attended the first of a series of John Deere Road Shows at the Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel, Golf & Country Club Nr Meriden.

The aim of the event was to promote the company's latest product launches for 2014. After a brief introduction to the day by John Deere Territory Manager Nick Ashman the attendees were split into three groups and each given a presentation at a work station about the new products. There was also the opportunity to try them out after lunch.

Station A - the new A Model mowers: features include a simple to use TechControl display, LoadMatch from the John Deere compact tractor range, and OnCourse Technology for improved overall performance and reliability.

The new A Model range have been completely rebuilt from ground up and features a brand new TechControl display, LoadMatch from the John Deere compact tractor range, internal wet disc brakes and improved operator stations - all engineered to provide users with greater control of the machines, easier operator training and best in class cut quality.

All A Models also feature OnCourse Technology, which intelligently integrates electronic controls with the mowers' mechanical features to deliver improved performance, better diagnostics, more uptime and increased reliability, productivity and operator comfort.

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The simple to use, password protected TechControl display enables the course manager, head greenkeeper or deputy to quickly set or change mowing, turning and transport speeds, for example, to limit variations in performance by different operators and provide a more consistent, quality finish. On-board visual diagnostics and the ability to set regular service times also help to maximise productive time.

A popular feature adopted from the John Deere compact tractor range is LoadMatch, which automatically adjusts the speed of the machine to deliver consistent power to the cutting units during heavy load conditions. This is also designed to maximise productivity and maintain high levels of cut quality.

In addition to these key systems on every model, the 7500A, 7700A and 8700A PrecisionCut and the 7500AE hybrid electric fairway mowers feature an improved operator station, with multiple step locations making it easy to get on or off the mowers from either the front or rear. Tyre alignment has also been improved to deliver an even after-cut appearance across the mowing pass.

The 8000AE hybrid mower features 18in QA5 (Quick Adjust) cutting units, which narrows the overall cut width to produce tighter striping and superior cut quality, with even fewer hydraulic leak points. The three-wheel design of the 8000AE offers greater manoeuvrability and quicker turns than traditional four-wheel machines, for maximum productivity.

IMG 2559In addition, the new A Model E-Cut hybrid electric fairway mowers can be set to automatically deliver reduced engine speed during mowing, with fuel savings of up to 30 per cent.

The new John Deere 7200A PrecisionCut, 7400A TerrainCut and 8800A TerrainCut tees & surrounds and rough mowers also share many of the same features as the new fairway mowers. Both the 7200A and 7400A are equipped with a new larger eHydro transmission and redesigned wheel motors for improved traction performance, especially on slopes, while the 8800A is equipped with a new 55hp four-cylinder engine producing over 27 per cent more power.

Each machine in the new A Model line-up is produced using an updated assembly process at John Deere's Turf Care facility in North Carolina, USA. The process incorporates advanced manufacturing technologies such as smart tools and vision systems to provide consistent build quality across the range.

Station B - the latest hybrid electric technology E cut mowers and Quick Adjust (QA) cutting units: designed to produce a higher quality finish on golf courses and other sports and amenity turf areas.

John Deere has also announced updates to the 2653B PrecisionCut tees & surrounds mower and the 2500B PrecisionCut and 2500E hybrid electric greens mowers for 2014.

To improve operator comfort, particularly during long working hours, the 2653B now features a lower seating position and increased leg room, while a new double-acting steering cylinder enables the operator to achieve straighter cut lines with less effort.

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In addition, the 2500B and 2500E models now incorporate electric controllers to provide increased diagnostic capabilities using the Control Area Network or CANbus system, as used since 2009 on John Deere's E-Cut hybrid electric fairway mowers.

Station C - the new A40 Precision pedestrian aerator: features a patented articulating frame to provide more consistent hole depth in undulating terrain, as well as the ability to change hole spacing on the move and a tighter turning radius.

John Deere has launched the brand new A40 and V40 PrecisionCore pedestrian aerators for golf greens and other fine turf areas. Based on extensive customer feedback, and replacing the previous Aercore 800 model, these latest machines have been designed from the ground up to provide increased productivity and efficiency compared to traditional aerators on the market.

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A patented articulating frame delivers more consistent hole depth on undulating terrain, and operators can now change hole spacing on the move. The aerators also feature a tighter turning circle, for sharper, quicker turns, and are available with an optional verticutter attachment for aerating and verticutting the turf in one pass. A redesigned operator station provides easier control of the machines, as well as reduced levels of handlebar vibration.

To match the performance standards of these new aerators, John Deere has also launched a range of top quality Precision Tines for use on greens, tees, fairways and roughs.

Available in a choice of Precision Standard, Precision Plus and Precision Ultra designs, these durable new tines have been engineered with fine detail and accuracy to allow greenkeepers and groundsmen to customise their aeration technique based on the needs of their individual course and different soil conditions.

All of the solid tines in the range start as a single raw solid alloy rod, which are then machined for precision, increased strength and durability. The hollow top and side eject tines start out as hollow alloy tubes and are specially formed to provide a smoother interior and exterior surface for easier ground penetration and less risk of blocking.

IMG 2474Road shows

John Deere's new, advanced technology fairway mowers and aerators for 2014 can be seen at 17 golf course locations throughout Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from early July until mid-August.

Free places at each John Deere Take Control 2014 Golf Roadshow event should be booked in advance by contacting your local John Deere professional golf & turf dealer, or the company direct on Freephone 0800 085 2522. The full list of venues is given below, or can be found at www.JohnDeere.co.uk (look for the Golf Roadshow Events link on the home page), along with a dealer locator.

Each day's programme will start at 10am, and light refreshments will be provided.

Date

Venue

Address

July 2014

Tuesday 08. July

Forest of Arden

A Marriot Hotel & Country Club, Maxstoke Lane,

Meriden, Birmingham, CV7 7HR

Wednesday 09. July

Theford Golf Club

Brandon Road,
Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 3NE

Tuesday 15. July

Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Racecourse Road,
Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ

Wednesday 16. July

Bramshaw Golf Club

Brook, Nr Lyndhurst,
Hampshire, SO43 7HE

Thursday 17. July

Trethorne Golf Club

Kennards House,
Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8QE

Tuesday 22. July

Radyr Golf Club

Drysgol Road,
Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8BS

Wednesday 23. July

Puckrup Hall Golf Club

Puckrup,
Tewkesbury, GL20 6EL

Thursday 24. July

Henlle Park Golf Club

Henlle Lane, Gobowen,
Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3LQ

Tuesday 29. July

Gathurst Golf Club

Miles Lane, Shevington,
Wigan,Lancashire, WN6 8EW

Wednesday 30. July

Selby Golf Club

Brayton Barff,
Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9LD

Thursday 31. July

Newark Golf Club

Sleaford Road, Coddington,
Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2QX

August 2014

Tuesday 05. August

Fortwilliam Golf Club

8 Downview Avenue,
Belfast, BT15 4EZ

Wednesday 06. August

Palmerstown House Estate

Johnstown,
Co Kildare, Ireland

Thursday 07. August

Castletroy Golf Club

Golf Links Road,
Castletroy, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Tuesday 12. August

Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort

1 St Andrews Drive,
Cumbernauld, Glasgow, G68 0EW.

Wednesday 13. August

Piperdam Golf Resort

Fowlis,
Dundee, DD2 5LP

Thursday 14. August

George Washington Hotel, Golf & Spa

Stone Cellar Rd,
High Usworth, Washington, NE37 1PH

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