Posts Tagged ‘John Deere’

New combine app launched at Agritechnica

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Setting and optimisation of John Deere combines has just got easier. The new GoHarvest mobile phone app announced at Agritechnica 2013 in Hanover, Germany, is now available as a free download for smartphones and tablets using both the Android and iOS operating systems.
Following the launch of the JDLink mobile app last year, this latest application allows operators to optimise their combine easily and always have the recommended John Deere settings to hand. In addition to the combine settings, the app also allows the user to improve performance by focusing on specific machine areas and evaluating losses.
The operator simply chooses the combine model – W, T or S-Series – and crop type. GoHarvest then suggests initial settings for the selected crop both inside the cab and around the machine using a series of straightforward menus, tips and yes/no options, illustrated by clear photographs and diagrams.
The app also features a notes section, a help page and a link to John Deere’s online dealer locator. In addition, GoHarvest is easy to use in the field for changing and recording the combine settings as harvesting conditions change.
GoHarvest is available in seven languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

John Deere at Agritechnica 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Following their European launch in Germany this summer, all John Deere’s new and updated products for 2014 were on display at this year’s Agritechnica exhibition in Hanover (12–16 November 2013).
Of the 70 new agricultural and turf products announced in August, visitors were able to see 27 tractor models from 80 to 120hp, the latest combines, round balers, mower-conditioners, sprayers and Gator utility vehicles, and the new silver award winning Hitch Assist and Smart Irrigation Systems.
With a total of five gold and 23 silver medal awards since 2001, John Deere is an industry leading innovator. This year’s stand was designed around nine separate product hubs displaying key John Deere solutions for a range of different customers, farm sizes and specialisations, with the focus on performance, uptime and low cost of operation.
Other features of the 6500m2 exhibit included a wide-screen cinema with seating for 60 people, a John Deere shop with the latest merchandise for customers and fans of the brand, a customer centre and a dedicated dealer area. The centrally located customer centre featured John Deere FarmSight, finance and product support solutions, including PowerGard maintenance and protection programmes, parts and other aftermarket services.
New product details, technical data and other company related information were provided by state-of-the-art ‘innovation towers’, numerous touch-screen tables and John Deere product representatives equipped with a total of 230 iPad computers.

John Deere brand leaps ahead

Monday, October 21st, 2013

John Deere has made a further leap ahead in the Interbrand ranking of the ‘100 best global brands’* for 2013.

According to the latest report, John Deere’s assessed brand value stands at US$4.865 billion, a further 15 per cent increase compared to the previous year. The company is now ranked in 80th place, having moved up from 85 in 2012 and 97 on its first appearance in the top 100 in 2011. This continues to place John Deere ahead of other well-known worldwide brands including Jack Daniels, Ralph Lauren and Pizza Hut.

“John Deere continues to demonstrate its commitment to building leading products for those ‘linked to the land’,” comments Interbrand on its website

“The brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability initiatives, strategic focus and organisational realignment and the strengthening of its forestry and construction business exemplifies how a Moline, Illinois-based company, most commonly associated with tractors and farm equipment, can continue to deliver on growth targets while broadening public perception of what it means to ‘Run Like a Deere.’”

“The ranking improvement not only recognizes John Deere’s growth outside North America, it also reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to helping our customers meet the world’s increasing need for food, fuel, fibre and infrastructure,” says Deere & Company agriculture & turf division president Mark von Pentz.

New snow blowers for John Deere lawn tractors

Monday, October 14th, 2013

John Deere has introduced two new snow blower attachments for its X300 and X500 Select Series lawn tractors, in time for this year’s winter season.

Durable and easy to install, these 112 and 119cm (44 and 47in) snow blowers increase the versatility of Select Series lawn tractors for year-round use. Both domestic and professional users will find them simple to use and highly efficient at clearing snow from pathways, building frontages and yards.

The two-stage design allows these snow blowers to perform consistently in various operating conditions. Protected by a heavy-duty steel housing, a low-speed 305 or 406mm (12 or 16in) diameter auger gathers the snow. A high-speed rotor then discharges it at a constant velocity, even in light snow conditions, through a rotatable chute. Constructed from high molecular weight plastic, the rotor is sturdy and resistant to rust.

Attachment to the front of the tractor and removal are made simple with a quick-hitch mounting system, with the snow blower locking onto the hitch. Designed and built by John Deere, these new snow blowers are making their European debut after many years of proven performance in the US, and are available now from the UK & Ireland John Deere dealer network.

John Deere launches new entry-level mower for professionals

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

John Deere is expanding its range of walk-behind commercial mowers with the new PRO 47V. This robust, entry-level rotary mower is specifically designed for the needs of smaller landscaping businesses or as an additional machine for contractors, amenity managers and other turf professionals.

With a cutting width of 47cm (18½in), the PRO 47V is light and easy to operate, and highly manoeuvrable even in difficult areas or around landscape features and other obstacles. Its comparatively low weight and comfortable carry handles allow one person to transport the machine easily, which is particularly useful when frequently changing work locations. The folding handle and compact size of the mower also make it easy to transport, even in smaller vehicles.

Equipped with a powerful Subaru engine rated at a nominal 3.2kW and with variable-speed two-wheel drive, the mower is suitable for working in a range of different mowing conditions on grass areas up to 2500m². The rear collector capacity is 65 litres, and cutting height is adjustable from 25 to 80mm (1 to 3in).

In addition, the PRO 47V has a corrosion-resistant, steel-reinforced aluminium chassis including front protection. The proven TurboStar System delivers reliable mowing and collection performance, and other features include a professional standard transmission and tyres, and an optional mulching kit.

New heavy-duty XUV Gators from John Deere

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Reflecting the growing popularity of crossover utility vehicles, John Deere’s latest heavy-duty Gator line-up features two new four-wheel drive models, the fast and powerful XUV 825i plus the four-passenger XUV 855D S4.

More power, speed and acceleration are provided by the XUV 825i Gator, which has been designed for drivers who demand advanced off-road performance, all-day riding comfort and the ability to cope with extreme terrain. Gators have always been known for their durability, versatility and safety – the XUV 825i maintains all of these core qualities, but the extra power and speed are what set it apart from the rest of the current range.

The XUV 825i is equipped with an 812cc, three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, dual OHC petrol engine producing 50hp and a top speed of 44mph, plus a 26.7-litre fuel tank. The engine incorporates electronic fuel injection for easy starting, which together with the new continuously variable transmission (CVT) air intake results in smoother automotive-style performance.

A fully locking four-wheel drive system allows this Gator model to cope easily with all types of terrain. The fully independent double wishbone suspension provides 203mm (8in) of wheel travel and up to 267mm (10.5in) of ground clearance. Power steering with an anti-kickback feature is standard, providing easy control of the vehicle with little effort, regardless of the driving conditions.

Join John Deere on Facebook

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Fans of John Deere in the UK and Ireland can now follow the company on the official John Deere Facebook page and YouTube channel, with new content tailored specifically for these countries.

The Facebook page aims to provide a place for John Deere fans to exchange news and information about the company, its products and activities. Fans are encouraged to get involved by posting comments and photographs, or by clicking the Like button.

Recent official postings have included Zara Phillips celebrating John Deere’s 50th turf division anniversary at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The 2013 Open golf championship at Muirfield, the latest Gator 4×4 crossover utility vehicles and John Deere’s online harvest campaign, featuring S- and T-Series combines. The John Deere Facebook page can be found at or by clicking on the Facebook icon on the company’s website home page at

The John Deere YouTube channel features product videos, along with helpful tips and advice. Fans can sign up on the site as subscribers to get updates when something new is posted. The link for the John Deere YouTube channel is

John Deere’s online harvest

Monday, July 8th, 2013

John Deere combines will be the stars of a new video campaign during this summer’s harvest, as part of the company’s ‘Let’s meet in the field’ initiative.

Expert operators from dealers in Scotland and East Anglia – Will Hutchison of Thomas Sherriff at Haddington, East Lothian and Andy Mennell of Ben Burgess at Newmarket, Suffolk – will be demonstrating the performance of John Deere S- and T-Series combines at various farms in their respective areas throughout the harvest period (weather permitting!)

The drivers will be filming the progress of their individual combine demo tours, and the results will be posted weekly on a dedicated section of the John Deere website, at The harvest tour footage will also be highlighted on the company’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

In addition, during each week of the tours visitors to the website will be able to play an online game, with the chance to win prize vouchers to spend at the John Deere Online Shop. The website will also provide details of the dealer drivers and technical features of the combines.

John Deere launches new X700 diesel lawn tractors

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

The new range includes:
 the X750 with two-wheel drive and two-wheel steering, which replaces the previous X740 model;
 the X754 with two-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, which is a new model in the range;
 the X758 with four-wheel drive and two-wheel steering, which replaces the X748.

All three new models are built around a redesigned, fully welded steel frame for maximum strength and durability. They also feature a redesigned air intake for improved air management and cooler operating temperatures.

The liquid-cooled three-cylinder diesel engine is rated at 24hp and has a displacement of 904cc, offering the right capacity to handle demanding commercial applications. Efficient combustion reduces exhaust emissions, increases fuel economy and consequently lowers operating costs.

The permanent hydraulic four-wheel drive system on the X758 lawn tractor avoids turf damage by adjusting the speed automatically on each front wheel. The X754 model’s improved four-wheel steering system provides maximum manoeuvrability and efficient trimming around landscape features and other obstacles.

Three rotary mower decks are available for all three models. The 48C, 54HC and 60HC are shaft-driven, stamped from a single piece of heavy-duty steel and painted in a dual stage process, to provide extra durability and protection from rust. Cutting widths are 122, 137 and 152cm (48, 54 and 60in), and mulching kits are optionally available.

Europe’s biggest Gator fleet

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Leading national plant and equipment hire company Morris Leslie Group, based in Perthshire and with nine depots throughout the UK, has recently expanded its hire fleet with the addition of 50 new John Deere HPX Gator 4×4 utility vehicles, ordered from Oxfordshire based dealer Farol Ltd.

In what is the biggest individual order ever made for Gators in the UK, these new models join another 30 HPXs bought in 2012. Together with older Gators, this brings the total number of John Deere utility vehicles in the Morris Leslie fleet to 140, making it the biggest Gator hire fleet in Europe.

The new machines will be based at Morris Leslie’s main plant hire depot in Woking, Surrey, and will be used mainly for short-term hire, both in the UK and abroad. Key customers include outdoor festivals and events, film and TV production companies and grounds maintenance contractors. Gators are also a popular choice for many other general transport applications requiring a strong, durable and versatile vehicle with high loading and towing capacities.

The Group has recently acquired three depots from Ambrose Hire Ltd at Stockport, Newark and Northampton. Some of the Gator fleet will be based at the Stockport depot, which will serve the events market in the north of England.