Customers Drive New Mower Upgrades
Be the first to get a demonstration of John Deere’s new equipment.
While current generation models are still available, limited numbers of new A Model fairway, rough trim & surrounds mowers, which were officially introduced at the Golf Industry Show in February, are being demonstrated across the country by John Deere distributors.
During years of refinement, John Deere worked closely with its customers to implement the changes that would improve operator productivity, make machines easier to service, and provide superintendents with more control over after-cut appearance.
“Throughout product development, we’ve had touch points and reviews with customers,” says Tracy Lanier, John Deere product manager. “In our last feedback program, for instance, we asked customers to come in and use the equipment so they could make sure our solutions work for them.”
Some of the many new features include a TechControl display that allows superintendents to set or change mowing, turning and transport speeds, which limits variations in performance by different operators. The TechControl display can also be used to diagnose and maintain the equipment via on-board visual diagnostics and the ability to set regular service times.
The AutoPedal™ system allows engine RPM to be controlled via foot pedals to make operation and training easier. Letting off the pedal to minimize engine revolutions will save fuel and lower sound levels.
LoadMatch™ technology has also been implemented in the A Models, which automatically adjusts the speed of the machine to maintain consistent power to the cutting units during heavy load conditions — such as when mowing thicker turf or in wet conditions. This provides a better quality of cut without the need to train operators to recognize when they need to adjust their speed.
The eHydro™ traction pump and internal wet disc brakes make maintenance easier on technicians. The pump is no longer controlled via mechanical linkages, but is electronic instead. Reducing the complexity of the drive system eliminates the need to adjust or repair linkages.
“We have units out in the field with distributors now who are doing demonstrations for customers,” says Lanier. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on the changes.”
You can check out the many new features of the A Models yourself by requesting a demonstration from your local John Deere Golf distributor.
This is just a sneak peek at the upcoming A-Model mowers, for more information visit www.JohnDeere.com/AModels.