For starters this mower gives an enviable cut — but it’s also fast. The live independent PTO that powers the mower deck can be engaged or disengaged “on the move”, further aiding speed of operation. The high-torque engine, combined with the go-anywhere four-wheel drive, ensures plenty of lugging power and traction when and where you need it. And it’s extremely manoeuvrable.
On test day this machine gives a stunning performance — working up and down and across slopes with a sure tread and leaving a first-class finish.
“In my opinion this is very operator-friendly. Everything is nicely to hand and it is a comfortable drive,” our tester says.
“Certainly on the slopes where I was working, even in these conditions, the mower was very steady. All round it is a nice machine and leaves a good finish as well.”
The rear-mounted radiator keeps the noise away from the operator and engine-mountings reduce vibration. The seat is adjustable for comfort, as is the steering column and, for even more comfort, a cab can be added.
The tester takes a look under the bonnet. “It’s all easy to get at from the maintenance point of view,” he says. “The daily checks and greasing points are all accessible — that’s important. If they are hidden away, they often don’t get done.”
Yet another clever idea is the way the deck will lift 26? to clear the ramp for trailer loading. Contractors will love it — and the obvious strength of construction. We reckon the John Deere should fit the bill for many commercial operators but especially those focused on efficiency and with an eye on the bottom line.
This mower has potential applications for councils, contractors, landscapers, estates and golf courses.
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