John Deere will be represented at SALTEX 2015 by regional dealers Farol, Henton & Chattell, Tallis Amos Group (TAG) and Turner Groundscare. The joint display will feature models from the company’s comprehensive range of commercial ride-on and walk-behind mowers, compact tractors and Gator utility vehicles.
New machines on show will include the X950R rear-discharge diesel lawn tractor with mid-mounted mower deck and rear high-tip collector, a 1580 TerrainCut outfront rotary mower and John Deere’s biggest zero-turn mower, the ZTrak Z997R, alongside a 3045R mid-chassis compact utility tractor equipped with an AutoConnect drive-over mower deck.
With high capacity cutting decks stamped from thick steel, exceptional manoeuvrability, versatile heavy-duty transmissions and productivity enhancing ergonomics and operator comfort, John Deere commercial mowing equipment offers a complete range of solutions to groundsmen, greenkeepers, landscapers, contractors, local authorities and other amenity and turf professionals.
The deep design of the decks available for the X950R allows a constant grass flow and easily copes with both very low and tall grass. A unique single multi-function hydraulic lever makes the collector and deck operation extremely convenient, and also controls front mounted implements.
The 1580’s robust two-speed hydrostatic transmission with Twin Touch pedals is ideal for working in rough terrain and tough grass conditions. It also allows faster working speeds and a transport speed of up to 25kph (15.5mph). Additional attachments such as a front-mounted brush or blade allow both these machines to be used year round for other commercial applications, including both leaf and snow clearance.
Also dedicated to minimising downtime, decreasing operating costs and improving performance, the powerful Z997R is based on a heavy-duty frame and features a shaft drive to minimise deck belt replacement, as well as flat-free front tyres.
The 3045R is equipped with John Deere’s established automatic eHydro transmission, which combines a three-range electronic hydrostatic unit with the simple to use TwinTouch forward and reverse pedals. This transmission also features the unique combination of LoadMatch, MotionMatch and SpeedMatch operating modes for maximum performance and productivity in a wide range of tractor tasks.
Options on the 3R Series compact tractors include a ComfortGard quiet cab, front hitch with pto and materials collection system. A standard joystick control is also available to operate mounted implements, including the new John Deere H Series front loaders.
Other John Deere commercial machines on show at SALTEX 2015 include the X758 four-wheel drive diesel lawn tractor, TH 6x4 Gator, PRO 47V, C43 and JX90CB walk-behind mowers and the D45C scarifier.
John Deere Financial has announced a new finance programme for UK customers of the company’s comprehensive compact tractor range, which includes 1R, 2R, 3R and 4R Series models from 25 to 66hp.
Available to business customers until further notice, the offer is for 4 + 44 monthly repayments at an overall flat interest rate per annum of only 1 per cent, based on 60 per cent of the recommended retail price.
Taking as an example the 1026R (pictured) – which is the smallest compact tractor model in the John Deere range – an initial financed payment of £586.16 would be followed by 44 payments of £146.54, based on a retail price of £11,273 and a net deposit of £2029.20, giving a representative APR of just 3 per cent. The VAT can be paid in total on signing a hire purchase agreement, or on each payment on a finance lease scheme.
“This tractor finance offer is comfortably ahead of anything else currently available on the market,” says John Deere Limited turf division manager Chris Meacock. “Financing new equipment in this way can help any business to forecast and fix its capital investment costs, while also taking advantage of the latest available technology.”
Advanced technology features on John Deere compact tractors include LoadMatch, MotionMatch and SpeedMatch operating modes for maximum versatility in a wide range of tractor applications. There is also a choice of AutoConnect drive-over rotary mower decks and, on selected models, the award-winning Hitch Assist system, which makes coupling up implements and trailers to the tractor’s rear hitch quicker, easier and safer.
Other credit profiles are available on request, and the availability of finance is subject to status and to the usual terms and conditions – further details are available at www.JohnDeereFinancial.co.uk or from John Deere dealers nationwide.
John Deere dealer BS Mowers of Bristol has supplied leading landscape construction and maintenance contractor The Landscape Group with a fleet of eight new 1570 TerrainCut front rotary mowers.“It's our weapon of choice where 60in outfront rotaries are concerned,” says Angus Lindsay, The Landscape Group's head of assets and fleet. “The preference is the result of a long-term review of the front mowers we use, in which the John Deere models consistently came out as the best and most reliable machines.”“They were also the most favoured by our drivers, which is crucial – if an operator feels at home on a machine there is a definite increase in productivity, which we monitor daily on all our equipment. Analysis shows that 18 out of the top 25 machines are John Deere, and four of these are the new 1570 TerrainCut mowers. This shows us that when the operators are happy, they make the machines work.”This opinion is confirmed by first-time John Deere front rotary mower operators Chris Savage and Robert Hughes. “It is definitely our favourite mower. It's easy to use, has a very smooth drive and leaves a nice finish. It is also easy to maintain. Although it’s our first season operating the 1570, it feels like we've been using the mower for years.”The 1570s were bought outright using John Deere finance. “John Deere Financial’s rates are extremely favourable and the process is very quick. It's a one-stop shop in which one manufacturer supplies both the machine and the finance,” says Angus Lindsay.“BS Mowers was chosen as the provider for a specific reason – where possible, with all our machinery manufacturers, we use the local dealer so our managers have support close by. John Deere is not the lowest cost make, but buying on price is not the driver. The dealer and manufacturer back-up is key, and BS Mowers and John Deere are very proactive.“As a direct replacement for the extremely reliable workhorse that was the 1445 outfront rotary model, these are the first new 1570 mowers we have taken and they are used to maintain verges, housing estates and open spaces in Wiltshire and other locations. The 1570 is a good balance between width of cut and compactness, and it can be carried on the back of a truck. The ergonomics have been improved, with all the controls close to hand, and overall it's a simple and straightforward machine.”Angus Lindsay also does not anticipate reliability being a problem during the five years the 1570s TerrainCuts will be in the fleet, but adds: “While the new generation engine is cleaner and more efficient, it may require more frequent servicing – time will tell.”