Monday, 04 March 2019 15:13

Better cutting on farm, park or roadside

Written by  Mark Daniel
John Deere’s new Rotary-Cutter. John Deere’s new Rotary-Cutter.

John Deere has introduced a new line-up of rotary cutters in the form of the E, M and R series, with a new deck and cutting chamber design.

Varied working widths and machine configurations allow users to deal with grass, pasture, crop residues and roadsides; they’re good for farm and commercial work.

Much of the redesign is to get better cutting performance: a reshaped chamber design increases volume, better airflow around the deck improves the quality of cut and material distribution under the deck, and less material accumulates above.

At the front, a suspended front mount helps improve stability by isolating movements between the tractor and the implement and vice versa. 

New torsional rear suspension is optional for the M-series but is part of the base package of the high-spec R-series. This configuration helps machine stability and gives a more consistent cutting height.

E-series machines have a 75hp rated gearbox and Category 4 driveline. The 100hp/Category 5 is the base for M-series, with the option of an upgrade to 125hp/Category 6. All R-series machines are equipped with the 125hp/Category 6 configuration to achieve greater capacity, improved durability and increased output.

Working widths: first, the new 3.6m (12-foot) cut E12, then the 4.5m (15-foot) cut E15; in the M-series the choice is the 4.5m M15 or the 6.1m (20-foot) cut M20; the top-of-the-range R-series contains the 3.5m R10, 3.6m R15 and the 6.1m R20. 


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