For 2014 John Deere continues its work to enhance the side-by-side Gator utility vehicle line with updates aimed at boosting the utility experience in use. The company says the changes are driven by customer feedback and market research to improve the lineup. Enhancements focus on operator side retention, winch enhancements and specific performance tweaks to each model category.
Operator side retention is now standard on all Operator Protective Structure equipped Gator vehicles. A new OSR is part of the base configuration for the HPX, XUV heavy duty and mid-duty models. Stylized poly doors can be ordered in lieu of nets on certain models. The nets allow one-handed operation, good visibility and allow for easy access to the vehicle. Poly doors feature automotive style handles, color-matched panels and a 90-degree opening for easy entry.
A new Warn ProVantage 3,500- or 4,500-pound winch increases pulling capacity up to 1,500 additino pounds over previous models offered. The aim is better reliability and more "grunt" when tackling tough challenges.
Havey duty XUVs - 625i, 825i and 855D - feature digital display and operator station updates. The new digital display now includes a glow plug indicator light (diesel), a flashing water temperature icon, and a power-steering indicator - if equipped. New illuminated dash switches offer better nighttime visibility.
An ag management solutions system integration kit is also available for heavy duty models allowing you to mount a StarFire receiver and GS display (sold separately) to the Gator for boundary mapping, flagging field obstacles and soil sampling.
For the mid-duty line - 550, 550-S4 - there's an improved braking system that offers 26% reduction in brake pedal effort and better feedback while maintaining solid brake performance.
All Gator XUVs are available in Realtree® Hardwoods™ HD Camo, olive and black or John Deere green and yellow color schemes. There are also more than 100 factory and dealer-installed attachments available for customization.
Learn more by visiting, www.johndeere.com/gator.