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All quiet on the north-western front

Greenkeepers in the north-west of England are preserving the peace and tranquility of their courses, thanks to John Deere’s 2500E hybrid electric triplex greens mowers. Home of the Stableford scoring system, Wallasey Golf Club in The Wirral is particularly anxious to keep local residents happy and specified two new 2500Es from local John Deere dealer Turner Groundscare of Tarvin, Chester to help them do just that. “The new mowers deliver optimum cutting at low noise levels, which is ideal for us as housing fringes the eighth and ninth holes of our 18-hole course,” says Chris Peddie, who has been Wallasey’s head greenkeeper for 22 years. “Noise can be an issue when you’re often working from 6.30am, and even earlier on competition days.” Keeping quiet isn’t the only concern for Chris and his five-man greenkeeping team. “A links course like Wallasey is hard on cutting edges, as the sand can quickly blunt them. We regrind all our cutting units, so we need to know how easy they are to strip down. John Deere has simplified the removal of the groomers and rear brushes by introducing quick release clips – this makes the task a matter of minutes, not hours, and so saves us a lot of time.” The 2500Es need less servicing too, says Chris, and the hybrid electric design minimises the biggest worry of all – hydraulic oil leaks, which he’s suffered three times in his greenkeeping career. Limiting the risks of such leaks offers Chris added reassurance, he says. Noise and oil leaks are also key issues at Delamere Forest Golf Club in Cheshire, which bought its first John Deere 2500E greens mower with QA5 quick-adjust cutting units from Turner Groundscare in spring 2013. Course manager Andrew Ralphs says: “We’ve always bought John Deere mowers, but invested in our first 2500E because I wanted to minimise noise and the risk of oil spills on the course at a time when we are undertaking an extensive three-year renovation programme on our 88 bunkers and a number of tees. “The quality of build and quietness in operation are everything I expected they would be, and my concerns over the risks of hydraulic oil leaks on the greens have been laid to rest,” adds Andrew, who has also suffered from burst hydraulic lines during his 24 years at Delamere Forest.“We use the 2500E twice weekly on the greens. It allows us to reduce fuel consumption, noise levels and leaks, without compromising on cut quality – it’s a win:win all round.”

John Deere Remote Display Access now activated

Mannheim, 8 May 2014 - John Deere’s Remote Display Access (RDA) system has now been fully activated in Western and Central European countries and selected CIS markets, as part of the John Deere FarmSight strategy.Awarded a SIMA 2013 silver medal for innovation, RDA enables the dealer to remotely view the GreenStar 3 2630 display and the Generation 4 CommandCentre in the cab of a tractor, combine or forage harvester and, if necessary, advise the operator on how to optimise machine and implement settings.“The full-scale availability of RDA is a significant step forward on the journey to expand our range of John Deere FarmSight solutions,” says Christoph Wigger, vice-president sales & marketing for John Deere’s Europe, North Africa and CIS region. “Wireless connectivity between the operator in the field and the dealer results in significant time and input savings and leads to increased machine uptime.”RDA is an integral part of the JDLink telematics fleet management system, which uses the machine’s integrated CAN-bus to view key performance data.For example, JDLink reports and customer recommendations are available to analyse machine use, working hours and average engine load. This enables the dealer to suggest that the customer should keep an eye on idle machine time, consider increased use of guidance systems and eventually adopt a more fuel efficient driving habit.The dealer can also carry out targeted operator training, even with third parties involved. Likewise, off-site experts can remotely view the driver’s screen for real-time troubleshooting and operator advice in the field. According to John Deere, using RDA technology can reduce the operator assistance cost* by around 30 per cent, as well as improving machine utilisation and performance.The John Deere FarmSight strategy consists of a range of services offered by John Deere dealers based around machine optimisation, logistics optimisation and agronomic decision support.The latest FarmSight systems including RDA will be featured in an AMS (Agricultural Management Solutions) display on the John Deere stand at the Grassland & Muck and Cereals 2014 events in May and June.*Operator assistance cost includes initial and recurring machine system set-up, ongoing machine optimisation adjustments, troubleshooting etc.

John Deere lawn tractors get a facelift

A new design for the John Deere X300 Select Series range of lawn tractors has been introduced to coincide with this year’s launch of the new X310 model. The bonnets across the range now match the John Deere family style of the company’s agricultural tractors and present the same fresh and modern appearance.Suitable for areas of grass up to 8000m2, the lawn tractors in this range are extremely straightforward to operate. Performance and reliability are guaranteed with a powerful, fuel-efficient engine and easily adjustable cutting height, which can be changed without having to leave your seat.Excellent manoeuvrability in the tightest spaces ensures a perfect cut, even in the most intricately landscaped gardens. Standard features include automatic transmission, Twin Touch foot pedals, cruise control and an ultra-comfortable seat.The five lawn tractors that make up the X300 Series offer a choice of mower decks with cutting widths from 97cm (38in) on the X300 model to 122cm (48in) on the X320, plus options to collect, side discharge or mulch grass clippings. For year round versatility, these lawn tractors can be fitted with a front-mounted brush, snow blade or snow blower.UK list prices for the X300 Series start at £2825 plus VAT; the starting price for this year’s new model, the X310, is £3600 plus VAT.