The UTV Originator Still Has a Giant Product Line
John Deere was a pioneer in the utility vehicle category in 1987 with the introduction of the five-wheeled AMT 600/622. In 1992, the first John Deere Gator models came to market. Between 2007 and 2016, John Deere launched its crossover category with both a full-size and a mid-size vehicle, and in 2013 two heavy-duty, four-seat models were introduced. Today, John Deere currently has several models geared for the commercial contractor, offering 19 models across three categories: Work, Crossover and High-
The John Deere Work Series utility vehicles were designed to provide the reliability and productivity needed to tackle jobs. The Gator TS features 13.5 hp and a large cargo capacity combined with a light footprint on turf. The Gator TX features 15.5 hp and delivers more torque, low-end lugging power and faster acceleration. The 4×2 model delivers a well-cushioned ride with a specially tuned four-wheel suspension. More power, more capacity and more wheels on the ground highlight the Gator TH 6×4 gas (15.5-hp) and diesel (18.5-hp) models. The Gator HPX 4×4 is the fastest work utility vehicle in the Gator lineup with a top speed of 25 mph, but it’s also the most terrain capable with true four-wheel drive and a dual range CVT transmission. The TX and TH models come equipped with a deluxe cargo box that has 16 cu ft of capacity, 20 integrated tie-down points and converts to a useful flatbed mode.
John Deere says one of the most popular Gator models on the market is the XUV825i. This four-wheel-drive, heavy-duty model features a 16-cu-ft cargo box that can convert to a flatbed and has numerous attachment and storage options. Most recently John Deere unveiled its newest additions to the Gator lineup, the XUV835 and XUV865 utility vehicle models. The gas-powered 54-hp XUV835 and diesel-powered 23-hp XUV865 utility vehicles feature a quiet cab, three-wide seating, improved ergonomics and available heating and air conditioning, ideal for operators working in a variety of weather conditions.
Advice to Buyers
“When considering a utility vehicle, it is important for buyers to consider how they will use the machine to determine the model that is best for their desired application,” says Kevin Lund, John Deere product line marketing manager for utility vehicles. “A dealer can help buyers navigate through all of the many options by discussing how the buyer will use the machine. Based on how much will be carried, the type of terrain it’ll be used on, number of people that will be transported, desired vehicle speed and fuel type, the dealer can help buyers select the right model for their business.”