John Deere's 7400 TerrainCut mower is a new concept machine developed following extensive customer feedback in Europe and the US. The mower is now fully available from the John Deere professional dealer network.
Designed as a rotary alternative to the company's established 2653B utility mower, the three-wheel drive 7400 features a 36hp turbocharged diesel engine and three independent 27in rotary decks, constructed of 10-gauge steel, with an innovative 'Width on Demand' system. This allows the operator to adjust the working width of cut from 68 to 74in while on the move, thus increasing productivity in demanding conditions.
In practice the 68in cutting width can be used in undulating terrain, for side-hill operation and for areas where tight turns are required, while the 74in cutting width can be employed whenever conditions allow higher workrates. The rotary decks are easily lifted and lowered by a single lever joystick.
In addition, the mower's TerrainCut Reach system allows either the front left or right hand deck to be shifted up to 15in beyond the full 74in cutting width. This allows the machine to safely trim around potentially hazardous landscape features, while keeping the mower's centre of gravity in a more consistent and stable position.
The 7400 is also equipped with a three-wheel drive traction system, which helps in difficult or hilly conditions by automatically diverting hydraulic oil flow to the wheels with the best traction.
A double yoke mounting system pivots at the rear of the decks, as well as at the end of the lift arms, for improved contour following, and a rear attachment point keeps the rear rollers in contact with the turf to provide consistent cut height and quality. Cutting height can be adjusted quickly and easily without the use of tools, from 1 to 4in in ¼in increments.
High levels of operator comfort are provided on this new mower, with plenty of legroom, a wide operator platform, an easy to use foot-operated tilt steering system and John Deere's established CommandArm control console that moves with the fully adjustable Grammer seat.
Additional standard features include a ROPS and seat belt for added safety, and a 'Sit on Seat' (SoS) on-board diagnostic system, which helps operators and technicians to quickly identify any electrical service issues.