John Deere is adding three new models to its extensive range of lawn tractors and walk-behind lawnmowers for 2015. These include an industry leading innovation at the top of the range, for faster and more economical mowing.The X105 lawn tractor is the smallest model, and the lowest priced, in John Deere’s proven X100 range. Its compact size makes it ideally suited for smaller gardens and for manoeuvring in tight spaces like narrow gateways and intricately landscaped gardens. Effortlessly simple to operate, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) means that a single drive pedal and a forward/reverse lever control the direction.With a cutting width of 107cm (42in) and an adjustable height of cut from 25 to 100mm (1 to 4in), this versatile side-discharge lawn tractor is suitable for areas of grass up to 4000m2. Optional features include a 230-litre collection system and a mulching kit.The second new model is the X115R lawn tractor, which is now John Deere’s entry level rear discharge/rear collect model. The high capacity 300-litre collector means faster work with fewer stops to empty the clippings, which is quickly done from the operator’s seat. The 92cm (36in) mower deck includes an integral water hose connector to make cleaning very easy. Height of cut is adjustable from 25 to 90mm (1 to 3.5in) and there is an optional mulching kit.The new top of the range X590 Multi-Terrain lawn tractor combines higher levels of power, performance and comfort, and is particularly suitable for homeowners with larger areas of grass (over 8000m2) or more challenging terrain. Twin Touch foot controls, power steering, a hydraulically operated mower deck and an easy start engine provide a car-like driving experience.Mowing time is much quicker thanks to an industry first on a lawn tractor, the new constant-speed governor. This maintains the tractor and the mower blade speed even in heavy grass conditions by electronically controlling the amount of fuel supplied to the engine. This also improves cut quality and reduces fuel consumption.The X590 comes with a choice of 122 or 137cm (48 or 54in) mower decks, both with an adjustable height of cut from 25 to 102mm (1 to 4in). It features a comfortable, deluxe high back seat and optional extras include a collection system and mulching kit.In addition to these three models, the popular X125 lawn tractor has been updated for 2015 with a more powerful engine and a higher specification seat and steering wheel, for improved cut quality and comfort.All these new lawn tractors are available through the John Deere homeowner dealer network from spring 2015. They can also be seen at the national John Deere Homeowner Experience Day, which is taking place at dealers throughout the UK and Ireland on Saturday March 21.
John Deere’s new 9570RT tractor, the company’s most powerful tracked model to date, makes its UK show debut on the John Deere stand (G54) at LAMMA 2015. Learn moreOther new products making their first appearance at the show include the top of the range 8600i self-propelled forage harvester – which has been shortlisted in the Technological category of the LAMMA 2015 Awards for Innovation competition sponsored by SSAB – the R4040i self-propelled sprayer, the 6215R Stage 4 tractor – equipped with new Bridgestone VT-Tractor tyres – and L1533 large square baler (more information here).In addition, a CESAR marked Gator XUV 855D utility vehicle can be seen on the CESAR Scheme/Datatag ID stand (503 in Hall 5). From January 2015 all new Gators can be equipped with this nationally approved security and registration system as a factory-fit option.CESAR is a proven deterrent against theft and an invaluable aid in the recovery of stolen vehicles; the system for Gators has exactly the same functionality as the established CESAR marking on the John Deere tractor range.A series of product update talks are also being given on the stand by John Deere specialists throughout the show, featuring new FarmSight precision farming developments such as Wireless Data Transfer (WDT), Remote Display Access (RDA) and the MyJohnDeere.com website portal, as well as tractors, transmissions and fuel efficiency. Other stand news includes:
John Deere is once again the machinery sponsor of Open Farm Sunday, which will be held on 7th June 2015 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Members of the Open Farm Sunday team are actively looking to recruit new host farmers on the John Deere stand.
John Deere and Michelin are looking for the best tractor driver in Europe. UK and Irish farmers and contractors can register online here to win a two-day trip to the Michelin test track in France and the chance to represent their country at the European Drivers Championship. The closing date for registration is 31st March 2015 – details are available on the stand.
John Deere is supporting the Nottingham Hospitals Charity, which is aiming to raise £3m to build a helipad at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. This will provide the most seriously injured trauma patients from across the East Midlands direct access to the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre by air ambulance. Recent statistics show that of all critically injured patients requiring transfer by air ambulance in the East Midlands, 38 per cent were as a result of agricultural and rural accidents. In addition to the usual charitable collections at all the show entrances, which will be contributing to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity along with the Air Ambulance, John Deere has a dedicated collection tin on its LAMMA stand.
John Deere’s award winning apprenticeship programme has raised the bar yet again, setting another record for the new training season’s intake for the fourth year running since Babcock took over delivery of the courses in autumn 2010.Altogether 59 young apprentices – up by three on last year – have signed up to begin their first year of training in the work-based programmes. The latest intake includes 40 Ag Tech apprentice engineering technicians, 12 Parts Tech and seven Turf Tech technicians.John Deere’s apprenticeship scheme was the first land-based agricultural and turf machinery programme to deliver training in the workplace, at the sponsoring dealership, with assessment and guidance from Babcock’s team of expert learning advisers. Additional training takes place at Babcock’s purpose-built training facility at Ruddington and the John Deere Training Centre at Langar, both near Nottingham.Overall the John Deere apprenticeship programmes, which also include Customer Service Tech, offer an IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry, the apprenticeship programme’s awarding body) VCQ level 3 land-based engineering qualification, IMI VCQ level 3 parts operations qualification or IMI VCQ level 2 customer service qualification. In addition, completion of the John Deere Ag Tech or Turf Tech apprenticeship is recognised by the industry’s LTA (Landbased Technician Accreditation) scheme at level 2.Graduating apprentices can then complete three free courses to gain the John Deere Diploma and start their adult training at the John Deere University (JDU), using the knowledge and skills gained from their initial one-, two- or three-year apprenticeship. After additional training and experience, they can ultimately go on to achieve the highest possible LTA4 Master Technician accreditation.Now in its 23rd year, Ag Tech was the first such scheme to be introduced in the UK and won a National Training Award at the end of 1997, the only one ever made to an agricultural machinery apprenticeship programme. Since the first programme started in 1992, more than 570 apprentices have graduated through all the training programmes and been employed in the company’s nationwide dealer network.