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John Deere Golf Announces New Line of Fairway, Rough and Trim & Surrounds Mowers, Featuring Improved Control and Operator Experience

ORLANDO, Florida (February 5, 2014) – At the Golf Industry Show, John Deere Golf announces its new A Model Fairway, Trim and Surrounds and Rough Mower line. Features consistent across the new product line include a TechControl display, AutoPedal™, LoadMatch™, internal wet disc brakes and improved operator stations – all engineered to provide superintendents increased control, easier operator training, and best-in-class after-cut appearance.

All A Models feature OnCourse Technology, which intelligently integrates electronic controls with mechanical features to deliver improved performance, better diagnostics, and more uptime and reliability. In addition, the complete line is Tier 4 compliant.


"We are committed to delivering equipment that is improved for a purpose, and not simply for the sake of change," said Mike Koppen, product marketing manager, John Deere Golf. "With the A models, our goal was to provide the features and benefits superintendents and their crews need to create the best results possible, packaged in mowing equipment that not only meets Final Tier 4 requirements, but includes elements and advances that decrease downtime, increase productivity and operator comfort."


A Model Features


The simple-to-use TechControl display serves as a platform to set, diagnose and maintain your John Deere equipment. Its password-protected display enables the superintendent to quickly set or change mowing, turning and transport speeds, to limit variations in performance by different operators. On-board visual diagnostics, and the ability to set regular service times, maximize up time.


The AutoPedal™ system provides advanced automotive-style control of engine RPM via use of ergonomic twin foot pedals. This eliminates the need for a separate throttle making operation and training easy. It also saves fuel and lowers sound levels on the course and around the shop. A popular feature, borrowed from the John Deere Compact Utility Tractor, is LoadMatch technology, which automatically adjusts the speed of the machine to keep consistent power to the cutting units during heavy load conditions, maximizing productivity and maintaining cut quality.


Each piece of equipment in the A Model line is assembled using an updated assembly process at John Deere's Turf Care facility in Fuquay Varina, N.C. This new line incorporates advanced manufacturing technologies such as smart tools and visions systems to provide consistent quality during the build process of each A model.


"When it comes to making improvements to equipment, at John Deere Golf we leverage a number of assets and key resources to identify our direction," explained Koppen. "We gather extensive feedback from superintendents, draw on the expertise and legacy of the larger John Deere brand, and consider where we can make improvements to our overall production process instead of only focusing on the end result. It's this approach that inspired many of the improvements featured in the A Models."


A Model Fairway Mowers


In addition to the key systems on every model, the 7500A, 7700A, 8700A PrecisionCut™ and 7500A E-Cut™ Hybrid mower offer an improved operator station, and tire geometry engineered for enhanced after-cut appearance. Multiple step locations make it easy to enter or exit the operator station from either the front or rear, which increases productivity on the course, and whether you back into storage or pull straight in, access the next day is easily available.


The rear tires on these models are shifted outward so tire alignment delivers an even appearance across the mowing pass. Now on the A models, the industry's only E-Cut Hybrid fairway mowers can be set to automatically have reduced engine speed during mowing, saving up to 30 percent in fuel during operation.


The 8000A E-Cut Hybrid Fairway Mower features the 18-in. QA5 (Quick Adjust cutting unit), which narrows overall cut width to produce tighter striping and superior cut quality with fewer hydraulic leak points. Additionally, the 8000A E-Cut™ offers three-wheel stance maneuverability, allowing for quicker turning than traditional four-wheel stance machines to allow for maximum productivity.


A Model Trim & Surrounds Mowers


The 7400A TerrainCut™ and 7200A PrecisionCut mowers also have many of the same features as John Deere Golf fairway mowers. Both the 7400A and 7200A are equipped with a new larger eHydro and wheel motors with increased displacement, for improved performance in traction and hill climbing. "In speaking with golf industry professionals, we identified the need for even greater operator controls and performance," explained Mike Koppen, group marketing manager, John Deere Golf. "And as a result, we developed the TechControl display and redesigned the traction system."


Rough Mowers


The A model family also includes the 8800A TerrainCut™ Rough Mower. Equipped with a new 55-hp four-cylinder engine, an over 27 percent increase in power, the 8800A has plenty of muscle to mow the rough and climb hills for superior productivity.


The line of John Deere A Model Mowers will be available in mid-2014. For more information on these products contact your local John Deere Golf distributor or sign up at www.JohnDeere.ca/Golf for the latest news and product info.


About John Deere

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at JohnDeere.ca.

Media Contact:
Maureen McCormack
Segment Manager, Media Relations
John Deere Ag and Turf Division
2000 John Deere Run
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: 919-804-2246
E-mail: McCormackMaureenA@JohnDeere.com

Editorial Contacts:
Cara Weigand, IMRE
Phone: 410-821-8220
E-mail: CaraW@imre.com

McGavock Edwards, IMRE

Phone: 919-747-4909

E-mail: mcgavocke@imre.com