One hundred years of John Deere tractors will be on show at the John Deere 50 Celebration & Heritage Event at Langar near Nottingham on September 24 and 25, 2016, when John Deere Limited publicly celebrates its 50th anniversary in the UK and Ireland.John Deere customers and fans are invited to join the anniversary celebrations by registering their attendance on the John Deere website at www.JohnDeere.co.uk/50years, with a chance to win special 50th anniversary merchandise in a prize draw.As well as trade stands, static machinery exhibits and working demonstrations of tractors and implements, this special free outdoor event will feature activities and entertainment for all the family. These will include archery, laser clay shooting, falconry and skydiving displays, synchronised kite flying and live music. There will also be a range of local food and produce as well as a licensed bar.A parade of 50 vintage, classic and modern John Deere tractors and machinery will start with a 1916 Overtime Model R tractor, belonging to Lincolnshire farm manager Malcolm Robinson. This will also include the iconic 4020 tractor, marking the beginnings of John Deere Limited at Langar in 1966, and represent every decade up to the present day, finishing with John Deere’s new flagship 620hp four-track 9620RX.The Overtime tractor was given credit for helping the World War I effort by putting in many hours of overtime producing food for the war zone and the home front. John Deere’s first step into tractor production worldwide came in 1918 when the US company bought the Overtime’s manufacturer, the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company in Iowa, who also made the Waterloo Boy. This machine’s simple two-cylinder design became a feature of John Deere tractors for another four decades.Later in the 20th century, John Deere three wheel, high clearance tractors came into East Anglia from America at the end of the Second World War under the Lend-Lease deal. For a short time in the early 1960s, a few dealers sold large John Deere tractors such as the 4010 – the UK’s first 100hp tractor – and 5010. These were imported from the USA by Lundell (Great Britain) Ltd of Edenbridge in Kent, who initially pioneered the use of large horsepower tractors in the UK, and who were bought by John Deere in 1962.John Deere Limited started trading from Langar in January 1966, and the original premises are still in use today as the company’s visitor centre and national parts distribution centre. Of the original dealers who continued with the new company from that date, two are still John Deere dealers today and are owned by the same families – Ben Burgess in Norfolk and L E Tuckwell in Suffolk.In addition to the 4020 tractor, several of the machines that represented the John Deere Limited product line in 1966 will also be at the event, including the first 5010 and 5020 tractors sold in the UK, ploughs, the C10 cultivator and the 530 and 630 combine harvesters.“Aside from the historic two-cylinder John Deere tractors on display, the main focus of the event is to gather together examples of John Deere tractors and machinery sold through John Deere’s UK and Irish dealers from 1966 to 2016,” says heritage event organiser Peter Leech.“At the moment we have registered tractors for every decade from the 1940s, but we would still love to hear from anyone with more recent machines, especially classic models from the 1980s and 1990s – even up to the modern 30 Series tractors. It’s an event for everyone, so tractors of all ages are welcome.”Owners of old and new John Deere machines who would like to attend the event should submit an application form, downloadable from www.JohnDeere.co.uk/50years. The website also features more details of the history of John Deere Limited in the UK and Ireland, together with a timeline of key dates.
John Deere is adding three new models to its extensive range of lawn tractors and walk-behind lawnmowers for 2015. These include an industry leading innovation at the top of the range, for faster and more economical mowing.The X105 lawn tractor is the smallest model, and the lowest priced, in John Deere’s proven X100 range. Its compact size makes it ideally suited for smaller gardens and for manoeuvring in tight spaces like narrow gateways and intricately landscaped gardens. Effortlessly simple to operate, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) means that a single drive pedal and a forward/reverse lever control the direction.With a cutting width of 107cm (42in) and an adjustable height of cut from 25 to 100mm (1 to 4in), this versatile side-discharge lawn tractor is suitable for areas of grass up to 4000m2. Optional features include a 230-litre collection system and a mulching kit.The second new model is the X115R lawn tractor, which is now John Deere’s entry level rear discharge/rear collect model. The high capacity 300-litre collector means faster work with fewer stops to empty the clippings, which is quickly done from the operator’s seat. The 92cm (36in) mower deck includes an integral water hose connector to make cleaning very easy. Height of cut is adjustable from 25 to 90mm (1 to 3.5in) and there is an optional mulching kit.The new top of the range X590 Multi-Terrain lawn tractor combines higher levels of power, performance and comfort, and is particularly suitable for homeowners with larger areas of grass (over 8000m2) or more challenging terrain. Twin Touch foot controls, power steering, a hydraulically operated mower deck and an easy start engine provide a car-like driving experience.Mowing time is much quicker thanks to an industry first on a lawn tractor, the new constant-speed governor. This maintains the tractor and the mower blade speed even in heavy grass conditions by electronically controlling the amount of fuel supplied to the engine. This also improves cut quality and reduces fuel consumption.The X590 comes with a choice of 122 or 137cm (48 or 54in) mower decks, both with an adjustable height of cut from 25 to 102mm (1 to 4in). It features a comfortable, deluxe high back seat and optional extras include a collection system and mulching kit.In addition to these three models, the popular X125 lawn tractor has been updated for 2015 with a more powerful engine and a higher specification seat and steering wheel, for improved cut quality and comfort.All these new lawn tractors are available through the John Deere homeowner dealer network from spring 2015. They can also be seen at the national John Deere Homeowner Experience Day, which is taking place at dealers throughout the UK and Ireland on Saturday March 21.
John Deere’s new 9570RT tractor, the company’s most powerful tracked model to date, makes its UK show debut on the John Deere stand (G54) at LAMMA 2015. Learn moreOther new products making their first appearance at the show include the top of the range 8600i self-propelled forage harvester – which has been shortlisted in the Technological category of the LAMMA 2015 Awards for Innovation competition sponsored by SSAB – the R4040i self-propelled sprayer, the 6215R Stage 4 tractor – equipped with new Bridgestone VT-Tractor tyres – and L1533 large square baler (more information here).In addition, a CESAR marked Gator XUV 855D utility vehicle can be seen on the CESAR Scheme/Datatag ID stand (503 in Hall 5). From January 2015 all new Gators can be equipped with this nationally approved security and registration system as a factory-fit option.CESAR is a proven deterrent against theft and an invaluable aid in the recovery of stolen vehicles; the system for Gators has exactly the same functionality as the established CESAR marking on the John Deere tractor range.A series of product update talks are also being given on the stand by John Deere specialists throughout the show, featuring new FarmSight precision farming developments such as Wireless Data Transfer (WDT), Remote Display Access (RDA) and the MyJohnDeere.com website portal, as well as tractors, transmissions and fuel efficiency. Other stand news includes:
John Deere is once again the machinery sponsor of Open Farm Sunday, which will be held on 7th June 2015 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Members of the Open Farm Sunday team are actively looking to recruit new host farmers on the John Deere stand.
John Deere and Michelin are looking for the best tractor driver in Europe. UK and Irish farmers and contractors can register online here to win a two-day trip to the Michelin test track in France and the chance to represent their country at the European Drivers Championship. The closing date for registration is 31st March 2015 – details are available on the stand.
John Deere is supporting the Nottingham Hospitals Charity, which is aiming to raise £3m to build a helipad at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. This will provide the most seriously injured trauma patients from across the East Midlands direct access to the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre by air ambulance. Recent statistics show that of all critically injured patients requiring transfer by air ambulance in the East Midlands, 38 per cent were as a result of agricultural and rural accidents. In addition to the usual charitable collections at all the show entrances, which will be contributing to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity along with the Air Ambulance, John Deere has a dedicated collection tin on its LAMMA stand.