East Ayrshire Council buys 12 John Deere mowers

John Deere Glasgow dealer Nairn Brown has delivered a dozen John Deere 997 Z-Trak zero-turn mowers to East Ayrshire Council.

Each mower is equipped with 60in rear discharge decks.

The council now has a fleet of 20 John Deere mowers after being the first in Scotland to purchase a 997 mower in 2005.

East Ayrshire operations manager Felix Wright said:  "The main reason for increasing the fleet size is that the zero-turns have considerably reduced the amount of pedestrian mowing that we have to do. 

"The 997s can be used in the same areas as the walk-behinds, but we can get round the route that much more quickly. 

"We generally replace mowers every three-years and to date we've been very happy with them."

Wright added that the mowers fuel efficiency was a key factor in the council's decision because they require considerably less downtime.

This has led to the council's grass-cutting cycle being reduced by one day and a significantly lower fuel bill.


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