As well as new lawn tractors, walk-behind mowers and the latest Tango robotic mower, there’s an air of celebration on the stand as John Deere Limited marks its 50th anniversary in the UK & Ireland.
Blacksmith John Deere founded the company that bears his name back in 1837 in Illinois, USA. More than a century later the UK and Ireland branch opened for business at Langar, Nottingham in 1966.
X350R lawn tractor
Launched this year, the X350R lawn tractor features a new 107cm (42in) rear discharge heavy duty Accel Deep mower deck, designed with a deep body to allow a clean flow of grass cuttings for excellent cut quality even in normally difficult long grass. Simple to operate, with a modern car-style instrument display and a dial to adjust the height of cut from 25 to 102mm (1 to 4in), the X350R is suitable for areas of grass up to 8000m2 (about 2 acres).
Its powerful Kawasaki petrol engine gets the job done quickly but without sacrificing fuel economy. The high capacity 300-litre collector means faster work with fewer stops to empty the clippings. The mower is supplied with a mulching kit which adds to the machine’s versatility. A deluxe seat and cruise control ensure a comfortable ride for the operator. Price 4975 incl VAT.
There are 17 different lawn tractors in the John Deere range, including four new models for 2016. Prices start at £2320 incl VAT for the smallest model, the X105.
Z335E zero-turn mower
Updated for 2016, the Ztrak range of mowers deliver high speed mowing and on-the-spot turning, using easy to operate control levers. This means there is no obstacle these machines cannot easily and efficiently manoeuvre around, saving time and effort.
With a choice of 107 and 122cm (42 and 48in) cutting widths, the all-new Accel Deep mower decks provide higher levels of cut quality and finish, as well as greater productivity and durability. The optional MulchControl attachment ensures excellent mulching performance and versatility. Changing from side discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
The Z335 is suitable for mowing an area of up to 8000m2 and costs £4075 incl VAT. There are two other models in Ztrak range for larger areas of grass: the Z525E and the Z540E which cost £5890 incl VAT and £6824 incl VAT respectively.
Tango E5 Series II robotic mower
John Deere’s new Tango E5 Series II robotic mower maintains your lawn automatically, in any weather, and at any time you choose. This next generation mower features a new operator interface and smarter navigation technology; it’s simple to set up and produces consistently excellent results. Tango’s powerful lithium-ion battery enables it to cover grass areas up to 2200m2 (about half an acre), mowing in a random pattern within an easily installed concealed boundary wire.
As the mower moves around the lawn, its navigation sensors detect the boundary wire, as well as any obstacles, and it turns automatically. Grass clippings go straight back into the lawn as valuable fertiliser. A tidy-up lap around the boundary keeps the edges neat. There’s no noise, no mess, and no effort – just a perfect lawn. Price £2090 incl VAT.
R54RKB walk-behind mower
This rear roller model has a new Subaru petrol engine for top performance and reliability. Suitable for mowing areas up to 2500m2, the R54RKB is fitted with a steel rear roller for a stylish striped finish. The TurboStar mowing system ensures a precision cut and great collection even when mowing in difficult or damp conditions.
With a 54cm (21in) cutting width, the die cast aluminium mower deck is surprisingly light but tough – so tough that it comes with a 15 year warranty. The Blade Brake Clutch means the blades stop the moment you release your grip but the engine still runs. This lets you empty the collector and then get back to mowing without having to restart every time.
Price £1315 incl VAT.
There are 24 different models in the John Deere range of walk-behind mowers. Prices start at £362 incl VAT for the award-winning R40 petrol model.
John Deere’s extensive range of lawn and garden equipment is available from the company’s homeowner dealer network.
Visit the website at www.JohnDeere.co.uk and look for the Dealer Locator link on the home page, or ring Freephone 0800 085 2522 to find your nearest dealer.
Visit John Deere at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Stand RHW353