Get the control and the results that you’ve always dreamed of
Now your presence can be felt on every part of your course. That’s the control you get with the new A Model mowers from John Deere. Thanks to our TechControl display, no matter who is operating the mower, you can easily program these mowers to mow and turn at exact speeds, to transport at preset speeds, and to lock in fuel savings. You can also plug in service reminders and get diagnostic feedback quickly and accurately. And all of your operators can now perform in a more consistent fashion.
But that’s only part of the A Model story. There’s the proven technology you get with our E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway mowers. The increased traction drive on our Trim and Surrounds mowers. The superior contouring deck system on our Rough mowers. The improved after-cut appearance and operator stations. And so much more.
Powerful turbocharged diesel engines for increased performance
For the ultimate in power and hill-climbing performance the A-Model Fairway Mowers offer turbocharged diesel engines.
The A-Model utilizes a 37.1 hp* (27.7 kW) at 2600 rpm turbocharged diesel engine providing plenty of reserve power for optimum cutting and hill-climbing performance across a wide range of conditions.
*Engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less. Refer to the engine manufacturer’s website for additional information.
TechControl display maximizes performance and uptime by allowing more control in operation and diagnostics
More control with the TechControl display with a large easy-to-read screen
Passcode-protected TechControl display enables quickly setting or changing mowing speed, turning speed, or transport speed to limit variations in performance by different operators.
Quickly adjust the mow or transport speed to make sure mow speed is what is needed for the changing conditions. The setting can be adjusted precisely using a speedometer app on a smartphone or GPS device.
Use the TechControl to slow the machine during turns while mowing and protect against turf scuffing and aggressive turning operators.
The turn speed control engages when in mow and the cutting units are lifted for turns. Once the turn is made and the cutting units are lowered, the machine speed returns to the set mow speed.
The turn speed is a percentage of mow speed. When set to 100 percent, turn speed control is off or allows 100 percent of the mow speed in turns. Turn speed setting of 50 percent allows only 50 percent of the set mow speed to be reached during turns.
Here is an example:
Mow speed = 6 mph (9.66 km/h)
Turn speed set at 50 percent
Maximum turning speed will be 3 mph (4.83 km/h)
The A-model PrecisionCut™ Mowers, E-Cut™ Hybrid Mowers, and TerrainCut™ Mowers have the latest in advanced diagnostics through the TechControl display. Most all diagnostics are performed while sitting in the operator’s seat.
The TechControl has onboard visual diagnostics allowing quick and easy machine diagnostics, maximizing up time. The system allows technician to see inputs and outputs of the electrical system. Also, the technician can see stored controller codes on the machine to aide in troubleshooting incidents that may have occurred while on the course.
The TechControl will also display the notification for maintenance of the hydraulic and engine oils using service timers to notify when it has reached the time to perform the required service.
Choose from a list of several languages to use for the TechControl.
Operator warning notifications are incorporated into the TechControl and will alert the operator if a problem arises during operation.
Hydraulic over temp
Hydraulic oil filter restriction
Engine oil pressure low
Engine coolant temperature
eHydro™ hydrostatic pump and large-capacity wheel motors for serious hill-climbing capabilities
The eHydro™ traction pump and wheel motors in the new A-model takes performance, traction, and operation to the next level.
The new system was designed to take on the most challenging course conditions. These improvements to the traction system makes the A-models ideal for undulating terrain providing superior performance and traction out on the course.
The traction system in the A-models is driven by a servo-controlled hydrostatic pump. The control of the pump is no longer mechanical linkages but instead it is electronic.
In total approximately 94 parts have been eliminated from the traction drive system along with 4 adjustments compared to prior models. The design reduced the complexity of the drive system meaning no more linkages to adjust or repair decreased routine maintenance and providing reliable day-in/day-out operation.
The operator will like the eHydro, too. The pedal effort has been reduced, thus reducing the foot fatigue during many hours of mowing.
GRIP All-Wheel Drive Traction System provides superior traction by reducing wheel slip
For superior traction with a true hydraulic four-wheel drive (4WD), the GRIP All-Wheel Drive Traction System is optional equipment for the PrecisionCut™ and E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers. This system reduces wheel slip by sending flow from the front wheel to the opposite rear wheel.
For example, if the front right wheel starts to slip, hydraulic flow is diverted to the left rear wheel to maintain positive traction. By allowing the flow to cross over to the opposite rear wheel, the system maintains traction not only while climbing straight up hills, but also on side hills, as well.
The GRIP All-Wheel Drive Traction System is always engaged when driving forward with the PrecisionCut and E-Cut Hybrid Fairway Mowers. There are no electronics to engage the 4WD system, simplifying the electrical system and the design of the valve at the rear of the machine.
In reverse, a standard switch is provided that disengages 4WD. The switch senses that the reverse pedal has been depressed and shuts off flow to the rear drive wheels. This ensures that the front drive tires are doing the work in reverse rather than the rear tires, minimizing wheel slip and scuffing of turf when backing up an incline.
Double-acting, single-rod hydraulic steering cylinder for lines as straight as a greens mower
Ever wanted stripes as straight as they are on the greens? The A-Model PrecisionCut™ Mowers and E-Cut™ Hybrid Mowers do exactly that. Utilizing the same style steering cylinder as on the 2500B PrecisionCut and 2500E E-Cut Hybrid Riding Greens Mowers, the PrecisionCut and E-Cut Hybrid Mowers can mow the straightest lines of any mower in the industry today.
Traditional hydraulic cylinders have a rod on only one side of the cylinder. The cylinder on the A-models has one rod that goes through both sides of the cylinder. This equalizes volume and pressure on both sides of the cylinder packing, helping the operator make perfectly straight lines with little effort.
This system also equalizes the steering effort, meaning easy turns whether turning to the right or to the left.
Tires sized for proper weight distribution and a low ground pressure
When considering a fairway mower’s effects on turf compaction, there is more to it than just weight alone. Weight is only a small factor in determining turf compaction.
A key component is the selection of tires used on the machine involves both sizing and tread patterns. The John Deere PrecisionCut™ and E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers use large, 26×14-12 front tires for proper front weight distribution, and 20×10-8 tires in the rear to distribute the rear weight.
Both tires use a turf tread to maximize turf friendliness.
They excel in weight distribution providing low ground pressure onto the turf. This provides less tracking, less marking, and less compaction.
Easily accessible daily service points mean less maintenance time and more time working
Easier daily maintenance points are designed into the machine to assist operators with complete daily maintenance and to keep the machine running at peak performance, saving valuable time and money.
For ease of service, all daily engine checks are easily accessible by raising the hood. These service points include an engine-oil level check, a coolant level check, hydraulic fluid level, and an air-restriction indicator.
The A-model PrecisionCut™ Mowers, E-Cut™ Hybrid Mowers, and TerrainCut™ Mowers feature a radiator screen easily removed without tools and tilt-out oil cooler for easy cleaning.
MTSpiral and MTGrooved roller options for most any turf condition
The MTSpiral roller and the MTGrooved roller (not shown) options are available for Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) cutting units to minimize roller overlap marks.
The MTSpiral roller and the MTGrooved roller options take the patented 50.8-mm (2-in.) machine spiral roller to a whole new level. These designs reduce the number of times the grass is rolled in the overlap area of the cutting units. With these unique designs, the material in the overlap of the roller is machined down to a smaller diameter, allowing the ends of the rear cutting unit rollers to roll through the open space of the front cutting unit rollers.
Types of overlap marks and what causes them
There are two types of overlap marks: reel overlap marks and roller overlap marks. It can often be difficult to determine what type of overlap marks an operator may be experiencing. In general, a roller overlap mark is roughly 88.9-mm (3.5-in.) to 101.6-mm (4-in.) wide, while a reel overlap tends to be 63.5-mm (2.5-in.) to 76.2-mm (3-in.) wide.
A reel overlap mark may be caused by a variety of factors:
- Bedknife attitude
- Low effective height of cut
- Frequency of clip to high (shorter distance between cuts)
- Cutting unit not parallel
- Bedknife to reel contact
- Dull reel and/or bedknife
- Turf stress
A roller overlap mark is caused by how many times the front and rear rollers of the cutting units go over the turf. With traditional roller setups, the grass is rolled four times in the overlap of the front and rear cutting units – once by the front roller of the front cutting unit, once by the rear roller of the front cutting unit, once by the front roller of the rear cutting unit, and once by the rear roller of the rear cutting unit.
The rest of the cutting unit roller surface, not in the overlap, rolls the grass twice, once by the front roller and once by the rear roller. In certain conditions, particularly in times of lush growth, this may result in overlap marks, which will be darker striping marks in the dark stripes and lighter striping marks in the light stripes.
How the MTSpiral roller and the MTGrooved roller minimize roller overlap marks
The MTSpiral roller and the MTGrooved roller change the game in terms of roller overlap marks. Due to their design, at no point is the grass rolled more than twice. At every point across all five cutting units, the grass is rolled exactly two times. What this means is a more uniform appearance across the cutting pass.
If a customer decides the MTSpiral roller or the MTGrooved roller is the right choice to meet the needs for their application, it is recommended that both front and rear rollers be replaced with the MTSpiral rollers, or MTGrooved rollers, to achieve optimum performance and minimize overlap marks.
Since these are spiral and grooved rollers, they will tend to engage the turf more than a cutting unit setup with a smooth rear roller. A starting guideline is that all cutting units equipped with front and rear MTSpiral rollers, or MTGrooved rollers, be set up with a benchsetting of at least 1.1 mm (0.05 in.) higher to achieve a similar effective height of cut. Proper height-of-cut setting is critical for this setup.
The optional MTSpiral roller or MTGrooved roller setup does not solve issues due to reel overlap marks. Height-of-cut when the MTSpiral roller or MTGrooved roller is used should be measured by placing the gauge bar approximately 101 mm (4 in.) from the end of the roller to stay away from the tapered ends.
Applications for the MTSpiral roller and the MTGrooved roller
MTSpiral rollers and MTGrooved rollers can be installed on all PrecisionCut™ and E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers and Riding Greens Mowers with QA5 cutting units. They are an addition to the lineup of roller options for fairway, tee, and approach applications, and may help reduce roller overlap marks on both warm season and cool season turfgrasses. Use of the MTSpiral Rollers or MTGrooved rollers is not recommended for greens applications.
Available for both the 45.7-cm (18-in.) and 55.9-cm (22-in.) cutting units, the MTSpiral roller and MTGrooved roller feature a true 45.7-cm (18-in.) and 55.9-cm (22-in.) length with tapered ends. This full-length roller, as compared to other shorter rollers in the marketplace, supports the cutting unit in turns and on sidehills without the gouging or marking.
This design is only available in the 50.8-mm (2-in.) configuration at this time:
- BM23566 – 5.1-cm x 55.9- cm (2-in. x 22-in.) MTSpiral roller
- BM23567 – 5.1-cm x 45.7-cm (2-in. x 18-in.) MTSpiral roller
- BTC10267 – 5.1-cm x 55.9-cm (2-in. x 22-in.) MTGrooved roller
- BTC10281 – 5.1-cm x 45.7-cm (2-in. x 18-in.) MTGrooved roller
LoadMatch™ electronic setting compensates speed of machine to keep power to the cutting units to maintain cut quality
LoadMatch is an electronic setting through the TechControl display that allows managers more control of the machine and how it is operated when out on the course.
Most operators will mow as fast as the mow setting will allow, keeping their traction pedal all the way down. However, in some conditions this can lead to poor cut quality.
One example is getting behind in mowing due to weather conditions. The grass is long and lush and to properly cut that amount of grass at one time, the operator should slow the traction speed. This allows the cutting units to maintain proper turning speed, process the grass, and properly cut in one pass. Not slowing down causes missed grass and an uneven appearance. This affects the after-cut appearance and also reduces productivity by having to mow a second time to properly cut the lush grass.
The LoadMatch feature compensates the traction speed of machine to keep power to the cutting units. In the long, lush conditions described above with LoadMatch engaged, the operator would still have the traction pedal all the way down, but the machines would sense the load and slow the traction speed to properly cut the mowing pass. Once the load is reduced, the machine will return to the normal mow speed.
LoadMatch puts the manager in control of cut quality, instead of the operator.
Cutting units are stable and fold inside the front tires for easy transporting
The 6500A, 6700A, 7500A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut™ and 7500A E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers all have cutting units that contact up stops for transport. These up stops are rubber and limit cutting units from swinging during transport. The lift system also folds the two wing units inside the tires to limit possibility of damage to the wing units when transporting through and around objects on the course.
Larger, 63.5-mm (2.5-in.) front grooved disc roller compatible with Fairway Tender Conditioner (FTC) and Greens Tender™ Conditioner attachment for 55.9-cm (22-in.) Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) reel cutting units
The grooved disc roller can be used with 55.9-cm (22-in.) QA5 cutting units, in combination with the Greens Tender Conditioner and FTC, to provide additional roller options for fairway, tees, and approach areas.
The increased diameter improves the durability over smaller rollers, and it features hardened discs for improved wear which retains spring tension for reduced maintenance, making it an ideal roller for fairway, tee, and approach mowing.