John Deere CX Gator

At under 2.5m long and just over 1.2m wide, the shapely, compact CX is the smallest in the range of Gators from John Deere.

It’s just the right size to thread its way down narrow paths, yet it has impressive carrying and hauling abilities. It also has an excellent turn of speed, is highly manoeuvrable and very simple to drive.
“It’s nippy and fun, and really easy to operate,” says one tester. But there is a problem: “It would be great round a nursery with roadways — or on a golf course — but it’s just not practical for us.”
The tester shows the size of tray used by the nursery. They only fit the cargo box one at a time. And there’s another problem. This is Cornwall. It rains a lot. Potholes in non-surfaced roadways are inevitable. The tester explains: “We had some plants in the box and, as you can see from the mess in the bottom, the compost just jumped out. This is a very bouncy vehicle.”
The suspension is great for the driver and passenger but, to transport plants down the track from the nursery to Trevena Cross’s garden centre, all advantage of speed is lost — and there is no chance of keeping your cup in the dash-mounted cup-holders.
At least it is easy to empty out the compost. The tailgate drops and the cargo box is easily tipped after releasing a catch. A loading height of 58cm should prove comfortable enough for most users. Power-lift tipping is provided as an optional extra.
Power for the CX Gator comes from a 10hp Kawasaki petrol engine. The unit is two-wheel drive and comes with differential lock as standard, internal wet disc brakes and a 12V DC outlet. Sun canopy and rear hitch are optional. There are headlights and tail-lights. Top speed, where the ground permits, is 25km/h.
Our tester believes the vehicle would be brilliant in the right environment, and especially for estates and golf courses.

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