John Deere’s long serving eastern counties dealership Ben Burgess & Co Ltd will be taking over the trading area currently managed by A J & R Scambler & Sons Ltd of Bourn in Cambridgeshire, with effect from 1st November 2016. After nearly 25 years as a John Deere dealership, Scamblers will be looking to continue working with other manufacturers in the grounds care market.With its headquarters in Norwich and an additional five agricultural and turf outlets in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Ben Burgess has held the John Deere franchise for 50 years and has been an established grounds care provider since 1962.The dealership had previously expanded its grounds care business into the Peterborough area at the beginning of 2016, operating from its depot in Coates, Cambridgeshire. Customers in the new sales area, which covers parts of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, will be supported initially from the Ben Burgess Coates and Newmarket depots.Paul Thomas will be moving from domestic to commercial equipment sales to work alongside Chris Pateman in the new area. Ben Burgess will also be looking to appoint a new domestic sales person as well as additional sub-dealers to support sales and service of John Deere’s full professional and domestic turf equipment range across the area.“We look forward to working with new customers and developing the relationships already in place,” says Ben B Turner of Ben Burgess GroundsCare. “We will also be adding further parts and service resources in order to ensure our new customers are fully looked after, alongside Paul joining the commercial sales team.”John Deere Limited turf division sales manager Chris Meacock adds: “We would like to put on record our thanks to Tony Scambler and his team for their partnership with John Deere over the past two and a half decades. Ben Burgess is one of our longest serving turf dealers and we are confident that the dealership will continue to provide the highest possible standards of customer support to existing and new customers.”
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.
John Deere’s R40 walk-behind mower has been awarded the coveted Best Buy status by consumer champion Which?
The Which? Best Buy endorsement is given to products with high total test scores that perform consistently well in rigorous tests and excel in all key areas. For a lawnmower, the test focuses on how well it cuts the grass and on its ease of use.
The R40 is the entry level model in John Deere’s range of 24 different walk-behind lawnmowers. Compact, lightweight and robust, it is suitable for mowing areas up to 700m², making it the perfect solution for smaller gardens.
The 40cm (15in) polypropylene deck is strong but also light in weight for easy handling, and comes with a 10 year consumer warranty. Adjusting the height of cut is very simple, using a single lever which allows the operator to choose six positions between 25 and 75mm (1 and 3in).
Powered by a Briggs & Stratton 4hp/2.1kW engine, the mower is fitted with John Deere’s exclusive TurboStar™ collection system, designed to ensure maximum efficiency, even in damp conditions or at lower heights of cut.
This is because the deck features an integrated fan that creates additional airflow over and above the blade. This creates a powerful vacuum effect that powers grass clippings efficiently into the 44-litre bag for a perfect cut. The R40 is easily converted into a mulching mower with an optional kit.
Durable wheels are fully enclosed, which prevents a build-up of grass clippings. They also feature ball bearings to reduce the effort required when manoeuvring the machine. In addition, the handlebar is easily adjustable to ensure maximum comfort for the operator according to their height and individual preference.
The Which? Report describes the John Deere R40 as “…a great little petrol mower and a worthy Best Buy, as it gives a very neat finish and is easy to handle. It gives a great cut on grass, whether it’s long, damp or just a normal family lawn.” The report summarises the R40 as “No frills but very effective” and adds “Cuts and collects very well, light and manoeuvrable.”
The R40 is the second John Deere walk-behind mower to achieve the Which? Best Buy status, following the RUN 46 walk-behind mower that received the endorsement in January 2015 with a score of 82 per cent, the highest of all the Best Buy lawnmowers.Designed to make mowing easy and produce excellent results, the John Deere R40 lawnmower has a recommended retail price of £362 including VAT. For details of the company’s complete lawn & garden equipment range please contact us.• The copyright in which.co.uk is owned by Which? Limited and this has been reproduced with their kind permission for the sole purposes of the John Deere R40 lawnmower. No other use of the content can be made without the written permission of Which? Limited.