John Deere has added three new models to its ever growing Gator crossover 4x4 utility vehicle range for 2016, including a more affordable mid-size machine.The Gator XUV 590i and 590i S4 four-passenger utility vehicles are designed for customers seeking a combination of performance and comfort, with a range of customisation and attachment options. Equipped with a powerful twin-cylinder 32hp, 586cc petrol engine and independent four-wheel suspension, the XUV 590i can accelerate quickly to a top speed of over 45mph.Both models are equipped as standard with power steering and an 875W/65A alternator to run auxiliary attachments such as lights, winches and sprayers without the risk of discharging the battery.Ground clearance is a minimum of 267mm (10.5in) on the 590i, which has a load capacity of 363kg and a towing capacity of 499kg. The S4 version has a ground clearance of 236mm (9.3in), a load capacity of 544kg with the rear passenger seat folded down, and is also capable of towing up to 499kg.Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the low noise and vibration levels of these new Gators, which are achieved by isolating the powertrain and utilising sound-dampening material around the engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) intakes.Other features on these two models include class-leading ergonomics and legroom, a large 28-litre fuel tank and a backlit instrument cluster that provides vehicle information such as speed, engine rpm, fuel level, coolant temperature and warning lights that include power steering plus seat belt and maintenance reminders.In addition to the two XUV 590i Gators, the new mid-size XUV 560 is aimed at those looking for a more affordable 4x4 utility vehicle but with the same levels of comfort and versatility expected of John Deere’s popular Gator range. Like the XUV 590i two-person Gator, this model also has a minimum ground clearance of 267mm (10.5in), plus load and towing capacities of 363 and 499kg respectively.Features on this machine include an ergonomic operator station, a quiet 16hp, 570cc V-twin petrol engine providing swift acceleration to a top speed of 28mph, independent four-wheel suspension and multiple attachment options. The carburettor is tuned for rapid throttle response, reliable cold-weather starting, smooth mid-range power delivery and quiet idling.The XUV 560’s roll-over protective structure provides easy entry and exit, three-point seat belts and side grab handles to ensure the operator and passenger are safe and well protected.This model also offers sealed underhood storage and features a large, one-piece cargo box made of a composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. The truck-like tailgate can be opened with one hand, or removed for easier cleaning of the cargo area and to carry longer items.
A 78-year old Staffordshire man achieved one of his life’s ambitions when he took two John Deere tractors, spanning 50 years of production, for a spin at the company’s UK headquarters in Langar, Nottingham last month.“I’ve driven most things in my time but never a tractor of any description, and it has always been my dream to drive a John Deere,” says Tony Hales. Tony is a retired production director from Newcastle-under-Lyme who spent 50 years working in the ceramics industry in Stoke-on-Trent, and he has been married to his wife Ann for 54 years.“I only ever wanted to be a farmer from when I was a small boy. I spent much of my childhood riding around with the son of a neighbour who owned three cattle lorries, visiting cattle marts and even abattoirs.“My father spent a lifetime at Wedgwood, and I never wanted to follow in his footsteps. However, when I was old enough to start work he said that farm labouring wouldn’t pay and I had to get a proper job, so I became a copper plate engraver by trade and ended up working for Spode and then Chatsworth Bathrooms for the next five decades.”Tony and his grandson James Ackerley, who thought of the idea, were invited to visit Langar by the company’s product marketing manager Mark James, who collects and restores vintage and classic John Deere tractors in his spare time. Mark arranged for Tony to drive a modern 6175R tractor and the UK branch’s pride and joy, a specially restored 4020 model (nicknamed BEV after its number plate) dating from 1966, when John Deere Limited first started trading from the same premises.Mark was initially contacted by Tony’s daughter Elizabeth Ackerley, who wrote: “My story is that my father has always had one wish and it is to drive an old fashioned John Deere tractor. I would love to make this dream come true for my dad. He has recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer and he is due to start some chemotherapy soon, but he still desperately wants to come.”“I’ve always wanted to drive a John Deere tractor, nothing else would do, although there were very few if any around in my youth – they were all Fordson Majors and Little Grey Fergies,” says Tony. “We’ve always talked about John Deeres in the family, and my grandson James bought me a scale Model L vintage tractor a few years ago as a present. For some reason I’ve always been attracted by the colour scheme – they mustn’t ever change it!“Driving the two tractors, it makes you realise just how things have moved on over the last 50 years. For comfort I preferred the modern tractor, obviously, but I should need six months to learn how to use all the electronics! It was also very noticeable how hard it was to change gear in the older model, but I really enjoyed driving them both, it was an absolute pleasure and definitely worth coming.“For a world-renowned company like John Deere to respond like this to my daughter’s request and be so helpful, it was really appreciated by the whole family. That’s a life’s ambition fulfilled, so I’m very happy.”The family has been invited back to Langar to take part in John Deere Limited’s 50th anniversary celebrations, which take place on the weekend of 24th & 25th September 2016. One hundred years of John Deere tractors will be represented at this special outdoor field show, which will also feature working demonstrations and displays, entertainment and activities for all the family. To register for this free event, visit the website at www.JohnDeere.co.uk/50years
The old and the new came together on the John Deere stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London last month, when a Chelsea Pensioner stopped to inspect a parade of the latest lawn tractors and mowers.The show is held every May in the grounds of Chelsea’s Royal Hospital, home to 300 former soldiers in the British Army. In their distinctive scarlet coats, the veterans take great delight in the annual invasion by the horticultural community.Chelsea Pensioners are among 157,000 visitors attending the five day show. Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family enjoyed their traditional preview visit before the show opened and this year saw many displays in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.For the second year running the John Deere stand, designed by Henson Franklyn, received a Three Star Trade Stand Award from the show’s organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society. As well as an impressive display of machinery, the stand also celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Deere Limited in the UK and Ireland, which opened for business at Langar, Nottingham in 1966.The Royal Warrant was first awarded to John Deere Limited in 1970, for the supply of agricultural equipment to Her Majesty The Queen. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to people or companies who have regularly supplied goods or services for at least five years to certain members of the Royal Family.They have always been regarded as a mark of excellence and the highest standards of service and quality, and John Deere Limited is very proud to have held its Royal Warrant for all but the first four years of the company’s existence in the UK and Ireland.John Deere was granted an extension to its Royal Warrant in 2006, which now uniquely covers the supply of agricultural, groundscare & horticultural products to The Queen's Household.