Chris Wiltshire has been appointed the new branch tactical marketing manager at John Deere Limited, from 1st October 2014. Chris replaces Gordon Day, who has elected to retire at the end of September after 31 years’ distinguished service with the company. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for delivery of all John Deere’s agricultural and turf marketing programmes and activities in the UK and Ireland.Chris Wiltshire graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering with Marketing from Harper Adams University in 1998. He began his career as a technical training instructor for a European competitor prior to joining John Deere Limited in 2000 as an agricultural demonstration instructor, before becoming an ag demonstrator/marketing specialist the following year.Chris moved to a marketing position in Zweibrücken, Germany at the end of 2002 before returning to the UK in 2004 as territory manager for Northern England and the Scottish Borders. He then returned to the John Deere headquarters at Langar in 2010 as product line manager responsible for hay and forage products. In this position Chris was instrumental in building the image and market share of this product line, which led to the launch of the company’s self-propelled forage harvester certification programme.In 2011 Chris moved to Deere & Company’s Global Training Organisation, assuming responsibility for training delivery in the UK and Ireland. During his three-year tenure, also based at Langar, Chris made a major contribution to improving both the range and quality of training provision, as well as levels of satisfaction across the business.Gordon Day joined John Deere Limited in 1983 as a training instructor. In 1986 he was promoted to area service manager, before becoming agricultural territory manager for the West Midlands in 1990. In 1995 Gordon gained a further promotion to product line manager for tractors and loaders. In this position he was instrumental in the company achieving market leadership in tractors in both the UK and Ireland.In 2011 Gordon assumed the newly created role of branch tactical marketing manager, a position which he has held until his retirement. John Deere Limited managing director Antony Scott said: “Gordon’s hard work, dedication and deep knowledge of the industry have made a very significant contribution to the development of our agricultural and turf business over his 31-year tenure. We wish him all the best as he moves into retirement, and thank him for his many contributions to John Deere, our dealers, our customers and the broader industry.”
The Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) in north Nottinghamshire, in the heart of Robin Hood country, has invested in five new John Deere mowers from dealer Henton & Chattell on a John Deere Financial operating lease, together with PowerGard protection and a service contract.Following an extensive machinery review and trial period comparing all the main manufacturers, John Deere mowers were considered to be the best choice for primary mowing of the tees, greens and surrounds. The club and greens staff settled on four 2500E hybrid electric greens mowers equipped with 7- and 11-blade cutting units, two of which can be fitted with dedicated groomers when necessary, plus an 8800 TerrainCut rotary mower for the rough.“The John Deere mowers offered us the right combination of value for money and performance,” says course manager Phil Stain. “There was not a bottomless pit of money available, but cost initially didn’t really come into the equation. We looked at what we needed and then looked at the available finance options.“The bottom line was the machines had to do the job required – we needed to know we could prepare the course prior to play in a tournament situation. Having four greens mowers means we’ve always got spare capacity too, which is good because we aim to cut everything before play. This allows us to maintain standards to the same high level every day, and gives us the ability not to let these standards slip.“We only put on the groomers when we have to, but having them available shows a serious professional approach to greens management, and it’s certainly paid dividends. The presentation of the course has improved so much, especially the surrounds – the mowers are reliable, reasonably light and manoeuvrable, particularly on the tees, and the offset units are great for alternating the cut. Another major plus is the greatly reduced risk of hydraulic oil leaks, which was a real issue for us in the past. It means I sleep much more soundly these days!”One of Phil’s team of five fully trained greenkeepers is responsible for maintenance and servicing, and does the regular service work on site. “He checks over the mowers when they come in each day, keeps good service records and monitors the hours worked. He can then tell the dealer when the PowerGard cover kicks in,” adds Phil.“With this new kit, the staff feel proud of their ability to prepare the course to championship standards every day, plus they recognise the significant investment that has been made by the club in them and their work, so it’s been good news all round,” says club secretary/manager Martyn Bonner. “Membership has been sustained and there’s now a waiting list, while the income from green fees has been increased – and I believe that’s all down to the improved quality of the course.”
John Deere’s new mid-chassis 3R Series and large-chassis 4R Series compact tractors for 2014 replace the previous 3020 and 4020 Series models. A 3045R model can be seen for the first time in the UK on the Farol dealer stand (F35) at SALTEX 2014 in September, alongside other new machines from the John Deere golf and turf range.
The four-wheel drive 3033R, 3038R, 3045R, 4049R and 4066R models feature powerful three- or four-cylinder Yanmar diesel engines from 33 to 66hp. They are equipped with John Deere’s well established automatic eHydro transmission, which combines a three-range electronic hydrostatic unit with simple to use TwinTouch forward and reverse pedals. The eHydro transmission also boasts three unique features for exceptional performance in a wide range of tractor applications:
LoadMatch automatically adjusts the machine speed to the engine load for maximum performance without stalling the engine, which is useful when moving heavy loads or mowing thick grass;
quick-adjust MotionMatch adjusts the transmission response instantly to the task at hand – ideal for front loader work, for example;
SpeedMatch allows the operator to preset a maximum speed when the pedal is fully depressed, which is particularly useful when operating rear-mounted implements.
A ComfortGard cab is standard on the 4R models and optional on the 3R Series, and keeps noise levels down to just 79dB(A). This new cab has been designed to provide excellent all round visibility and operator comfort, with large, robust glass panels, an air-suspended seat, a high-performance air conditioning and heating system and easy to use hydraulic levers.
A standard joystick control is also available to operate mounted implements, including a new John Deere H Series front loader and optional front hitch with pto. The H165 (3R) and H180 (4R) front loaders are easy to attach and remove, and feature maximum lift capacities of 964 or 1263kg and lift heights of 2.6 or 2.8m respectively. A built-in parking stand automatically moves into position when the loader is demounted. Overall tractor lift capacity at the rear linkage is 1148 or 1420kg and towing capacity is 4000 or 5000kg respectively for the 3R and 4R Series.
The 3R Series tractors are fitted as standard with rear- and mid-mounted ptos to accept a wide range of implements and attachments, including a choice of John Deere AutoConnect drive-over rotary mower decks and an optional materials collection system. Using AutoConnect, the deck and driveshaft automatically connect when driving over the mower, and disconnect when reversing off, without the operator having to leave the tractor seat to attach or remove the deck. The side-discharge mower decks are available with cutting widths of 1.5 and 1.8m (60 and 72in). In addition John Deere’s award-winning Hitch Assist system, which is standard on the 4R Series models, makes coupling up implements and trailers to the tractor’s rear hitch quicker, easier and safer, and means the operator only has to leave the tractor seat once. External switches mounted on the rear fender allow the operator to move the tractor backwards and forwards at a maximum speed of 12mm/second and raise or lower the hitch as required.