One of Northern Ireland’s most luxurious golf resorts has taken delivery of an extensive range of new John Deere turf machines from dealer Johnston Gilpin & Co to help maintain its courses.The idyllic Lough Erne Golf Resort is situated just a few miles outside the town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh and is home to a five star hotel and two golf courses, namely the Faldo Championship and Castle Hume courses. As the name suggests the former was designed by golfer Nick Faldo and is the first by the sports star in Ireland.This particular 18-hole par 72 course is 7167 yards long and enjoys the most amazing scenery that any sports venue could wish for. In particular the views stretching over Lough Erne from at least 11 of the holes make this a very special golf course to play on.The resort has been chosen to host a future Irish Open Golf Championship thanks to the popularity and respect the course has earned among top golfing professionals. In addition, the Faldo Course was rated 27th in the latest Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland 2016 rankings.Lough Erne Resort is also well-known for hosting the G8 Summit in 2013, when US President Barack Obama met with other world leaders to discuss major issues. Photographs of the leaders taken in front of the hotel spiralled across the world to signal a momentous occasion for the resort, putting it firmly on the map.Since the G8 Summit, ownership of the resort has changed hands and is it now managed by a consortium from the USA, which has invested heavily in the venue. One of the owners, Mark Ward from Texas, is regularly on site helping manage the business and was present to welcome the new range of John Deere equipment this spring.With 600 acres to look after, the greenkeeping team at Lough Erne Resort needed a range of machines that are reliable and best suited to the resort conditions. With this in mind John Deere was the brand of choice as it ticked all the boxes.Sean Reilly has been the greenkeeper superintendent at Lough Erne Resort for the past nine years and knows the courses inside out. He worked closely with Ricky Neill, the grounds care machinery sales manager at Lisburn-based John Deere dealership Johnston Gilpin & Co, to determine exactly which machines were required.The management team at Lough Erne Resort, together with Sean, drew up the list of machinery they needed and thoroughly researched all the equipment available on the market. In the end they decided on six machines from the John Deere range because it is, according to Mark Ward, “…the best equipment money can buy.”He goes on to say: “One of our partners is involved in a couple of prestigious golf courses in Chicago and Oregon. He reported to us how reliable the brand is and that it really is the best in the industry. The efficiencies gained will also allow us to significantly improve the Castle Hume Course, enhancing the playing experience for its members and other players, as well as providing a great additional golf option for the resort’s guests.“Here at the Lough Erne Resort we only want the best of everything, so when compared to other available options, it was quite an easy decision to choose the John Deere brand and the services of Johnston Gilpin.”Mark and his team elected to buy a John Deere 5100M 100hp utility tractor, two 8800A TerrainCut five-gang rotary rough mowers, a 2030A ProGator utility vehicle equipped with a low-profile HD200 turf sprayer, a 1200A self-propelled bunker rake and a 2653B PrecisionCut triplex tees & surrounds mower.Ricky Neill adds: “We at Johnston Gilpin have enjoyed a longstanding working relationship with Sean Reilly and the Lough Erne Resort. We are therefore delighted to continue this relationship by supplying this new equipment to help maintain the prestigious Lough Erne Resort grounds here in County Fermanagh. These latest machines expand the existing fleet and we hope to add more in the future, including upgrades to the Gator utility vehicles.”Sean Reilly says he is delighted with the new equipment. “We have been using John Deere rough mowers for a number of years and found them to be well suited to our terrain. The new 8800A models are very efficient and leave a good finish, as does the 2653B tees mower which is nice and compact yet extremely manoeuvrable.“The tractor will be used with a top dresser most of the time, while the ProGator and sprayer will form a super partnership in applying liquid fertiliser and spraying for weed control. With John Deere and the dealer we have an excellent parts back-up service, should we require it, and the knowledge that if we have a problem the staff at Johnston Gilpin are always on the end of a phone to help us.”
Building on DPF expertise delivers improved total fluid efficiency and outstanding performance to agricultural customersMannheim, 11 April 2016 — John Deere is prepared today to lead European customers seamlessly through the upcoming transition from Stage IV to anticipated Stage V regulations with proven experience and expertise. The current line-up of John Deere engines equipped with DPF technology are Stage V capable, which makes the transition easy for John Deere customers.One of the significant impacts of Stage V will be the introduction of a particle number (PN) limit for engines in the 19kW to 560kW power band, which will necessitate use of DPF technology by manufacturers. John Deere has been employing DPF technology since Stage IIIB, with more than 150 million DPF hours logged in the field. “Our extensive experience with the development and integration of DPF technology means John Deere is already capable of complying with the requirements indicated in the EU Commission’s proposal COM (2014) 581 concerning Stage V emissions,” says Geoff Stigler, director of sales, marketing and customer support in EAME, Asia and Australia for John Deere Power Systems. This confirms the engine technologies implemented by John Deere for Stage IV have proved to be the right ones."The existing John Deere emissions path offers customers a Stage V capable solution that continues to deliver outstanding performance, fluid economy, operator convenience and overall value without the need for any additional technology,” says Chris Wigger, John Deere Region 2 Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Ag and Turf.Other technology choices made for Stage IV would require changes and added emissions complexity in order to comply with the proposed Stage V regulations. “As the implementation of Stage V approaches, customers can be confident because our proven emissions solution will provide a simple transition,” Chris Wigger says.The depth of experience John Deere has with DPFs extends throughout the John Deere service dealer network. John Deere dealers have been working with the technology since the implementation of Stage IIIB, resulting in a service network with years of experience, extensive training and an unparalleled comfort level with DPF technology.The fact is John Deere engines equipped with a DPF already meet the current emissions standards. This is particularly important for markets like local authorities and other low emissions areas that are looking for vehicles meeting the most advanced emissions standards for their environmental friendliness.Chris Wigger says John Deere is fully committed to providing its customers with innovative, technologically advanced engines solutions that continue to provide distinctive customer benefits in terms of vehicle performance, total fluid efficiency and ease of maintenance.
About Deere & CompanyDeere & Company (NYSE:DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.
John Deere’s new top-of-the-range 845hp 8800i self-propelled forage harvester with HarvestLab constituent sensing, triple mower-conditioner (TMC) and 6M & 6R Series Stage IV tractors are being demonstrated at ScotGrass 2016 in Dumfries, Scotland and the FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016 event at Gurteen College in Ireland in May.The 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters – recently given an international 2016 Red Dot Award for Product Design – utilise advanced technology to reduce crop losses and boost performance, including new Active Fill Control (AFC) for automated filling of trailers. The machines are designed to provide customers with up to 15 per cent more productivity, increased uptime, lower operating costs and faster, easier maintenance.Other advanced features on these machines include a GreenStar 2630 with touchscreen display and all functions conveniently located in the CommandARM, Remote Display Access (RDA) and AutoTrac automatic steering with RowSense.Each model in the range can also be equipped with HarvestLab, an advanced crop analysis and documentation system that uses constituent sensing to improve forage quality. In addition, the forager’s AutoLOC (automatic length of cut) feature allows the operator to pre-select the precise cutting length based on actual forage conditions.Headers include John Deere’s new 9 Series grass pick-ups. All John Deere headers are automatically speed matched to the selected length of cut. Additional operator friendly features include a DuraDrum cutterhead with reverse knife sharpening and a ProTouch function for increasing road or harvest speed during field changes.The new John Deere TMC consists of a front-mounted and two rear-mounted mower-conditioners. To achieve the maximum cutting width of 9.9m, an F350R 3.5m wide front mower-conditioner can be combined with the largest available R990R rear-mounted units. The combination of the smaller F310R front-mounted mower with either the R950R or R870R rear mowers reduces the cutting width to 9.5 or 8.7m respectively.The mowers’ new frame design makes them easier to attach, gives the operator better visibility and improves the floating capability of the machines. By following ground contours more precisely, these new mower-conditioners provide more uptime by reducing the risk of damage on uneven ground. Furthermore, hydraulic overlapping of the mower units from 30 to 50cm ensures the best possible performance under all conditions.The mower cutterbars are equipped with a lifelong lubrication system and feature a quick knife exchange (QKE) system, to provide optimum cutting quality and keep maintenance costs to a minimum. High conditioning quality and a smooth swath are produced by the newly designed preloaded tine impeller, which helps the crop to dry faster.
In addition to the new Stage IV engines rated from 110 to 155hp, John Deere’s latest mid-size 6R Series tractors feature improved manoeuvrability, enhanced operator comfort and a wide range of transmission options. All these new models are equipped with John Deere’s intelligent power management system (IPM), which adds 20 to 30hp on the four-cylinder models and 40hp on the six-cylinder versions.The tractors feature CommandARM controls and a Generation 4 CommandCentre touch screen monitor with swipe function display, while the redesigned TLS+ front axle suspension provides improved steering and driving on the road.In addition, the new 6M Series range-topping 6195M tractor features the same choice of PowrQuad Plus, AutoQuad Plus/AutoQuad Plus Ecoshift or the all-new CommandQuad Plus/CommandQuad Plus with Ecoshift powershift transmissions as on the 6R Series.This range of tractors is now available with a maintenance-free mechanical cab suspension which delivers smoother operation as well as reduced stress and vibration levels, and allows a 10 per cent higher operating speed even on rough terrain. The same enhanced TLS+ triple link front axle suspension system provides additional operator comfort and more traction under tough working conditions.An electrical loader-ready joystick is also available for use with John Deere’s new R Series front loaders. The 6M and 6R Series tractors have been specifically designed to accommodate these versatile loaders, which feature new mounting frames and hood guards and are easy to attach and operate.