Picture of a man cutting grass in a park with the John Deere 1600 Turbo WAM wide area mower

John Deere improves wide area mower

Published:  29 September, 2017

A new out-front rotary mower – the Series III version of the 1600 Turbo WAM – is being launched by John Deere at the Saltex 2017 show at the NEC, Birmingham in November.

This model boasts a Stage 5 engine to meet the emission standards, and an improved cooling system for sustained use. Other key features include an adjustable high-backed air suspension seat and run-flat castor wheel tyres aimed at reducing downtime and increasing productivity.

With a 3.25m (128in) overall cutting width, the 1600T WAM is aimed at commercial mowing contractors, local authorities, golf courses and other public and private institutions.

Further improvements for the new version of the mower include an increase in transport speed to 15mph and enhanced Service ADVISOR diagnostics for easy maintenance.

Featuring a proven The Series III 1600T wide area mower is powered by a 60hp (44kW) turbocharged Yanmar diesel engine and has a mechanical four-wheel drive system and an 83-litre (18gal) fuel tank.

It also comes with electronic engine control and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system for lower emissions and improved engine responsiveness.

The three rear-discharge mower decks are made from 7-gauge steel. Each wing has a breakaway feature that allows the mower deck to move back and away from any obstacle, then automatically reset to the normal working position.

Other operator friendly specifications include electronic cruise control, hydrostatic power steering and a tiltable steering wheel. In addition, the ROPS frame can be folded down easily without tools, for safe operation under tree canopies or in other confined spaces.

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