John Deere Introduces Quick Adjust Cutting Units for All Reel Mowers
Components Feature Speed Link System for Rapid Height-of-Cut Adjustments
CARY, North Carolina .— The early morning routine will get a little faster for technicians and superintendents with the introduction of John Deere Quick Adjust Cutting Units featuring the patented Speed Link system. Previously unseen in the golf industry, these units can be instantly adjusted in a few seconds from one point on the cutting unit.
“In the time it previously took to adjust height-of-cut on one mower, you can now set an entire fleet,” said Gregg Breningmeyer, director of sales and marketing, John Deere Golf. “This new technology allows one-thousandth-of-an-inch adjustments to be made to both sides of the roller simultaneously with only a power drill required to make the change.”
Available in five- and seven-inch diameters, these cutting units will save technicians time and labor with their easily adjustable design. The Quick Adjust 5 (QA5) replaces the 22M cutting units and is available in 18- or 22-inch widths. Replacing all ESP cutting units is the Quick Adjust 7 (QA7), available in widths of 22, 26 or 30 inches. Height-of-cut adjustments can be made with a 16-milimeter or 5/8-inch wrench or socket.
“These cutting units are setting a new standard,” said Breningmeyer. “We’ve engineered everything to better meet the needs of our customers – and these are improvements that they asked for,” he said, explaining the company’s focus on “customer-driven innovation.”
For these cutting units, innovation comes in the form of a patented Speed Link system that connects both sides of the rear roller with worm gears located on each side of the roller housings. While enabling exponentially faster adjustments than previously possible, the worm gear ensures the adjustment remains in place. Now attached with clips for easier removal and greater stability, the grass catchers transfer the weight of clippings to the lift arms of the traction units so cutting height remains unaffected during mowing.
QA5 units offer an additional feature to extend the use of a worn reel: a reel eccentric on the bedknife shoe repositions the bedknife to the reel and increases the clearance at the rear of the bedknife.
But the improvements don’t end there – a notch system allows for quick adjustment of the reel or bedknife. For quick and simple height or cut range adjustments, the front rollers also utilize a notch system that ensures that the rollers are locked into place regardless of mowing conditions.
The cutting units also offer optional gear-driven Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) or the Fairway Tender Conditioner (FTC). The conditioner blades rotate in the opposite direction of the reel to stand up the grass prior to cutting. Because they are gear-driven, they can be turned off when not in use.
The conditioners also feature “T” handles on each side of the cutting units to lower the blades for grooming or raise the blades to help with clipping dispersal. Conditioners are available for the 18- and 22-inch QA5 Cutting Units and 22- and 26-inch QA7 Cutting Units.
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