JohnDeeres new mid-chassis 3R Series and large-chassis 4R Series compact tractorsfor 2014 replace the previous 3020 and 4020 Series models. A 3045R model can be seen for the first time in the UKon the Farol dealer stand (F35) atSALTEX 2014 in September, alongside other new machines from the John Deere golfand turf range.
Thefour-wheel drive 3033R, 3038R, 3045R, 4049R and 4066R models feature powerfulthree- or four-cylinder Yanmar diesel engines from 33 to 66hp. They areequipped with John Deeres well established automatic eHydro transmission,which combines a three-range electronic hydrostatic unit with simple to useTwinTouch forward and reverse pedals.
TheeHydro transmission also boasts three unique features for exceptionalperformance in a wide range of tractor applications:
LoadMatchautomatically adjusts the machine speed to the engine load for maximumperformance without stalling the engine, which is useful when moving heavyloads or mowing thick grass;
quick-adjustMotionMatch adjusts the transmission response instantly to the task at hand ideal for front loader work, for example;
SpeedMatchallows the operator to preset a maximum speed when the pedal is fullydepressed, which is particularly useful when operating rear-mounted implements.
AComfortGard cab is standard on the 4R models and optional on the 3R Series, andkeeps noise levels down to just 79dB(A). This new cab has been designed toprovide excellent all round visibility and operator comfort, with large, robustglass panels, an air-suspended seat, a high-performance air conditioning andheating system and easy to use hydraulic levers.
Astandard joystick control is also available to operate mounted implements,including a new John Deere H Series front loader and optional front hitch withpto. The H165 (3R) and H180 (4R) front loaders are easy to attach and remove,and feature maximum lift capacities of 964 or 1263kg and lift heights of 2.6 or2.8m respectively. A built-in parking stand automatically moves into positionwhen the loader is demounted.
The3R Series tractors are fitted as standard with rear- and mid-mounted ptos toaccept a wide range of implements and attachments, including a choice of JohnDeere AutoConnect drive-over rotary mower decks and an optional materialscollection system. Using AutoConnect, the deck and driveshaft automaticallyconnect when driving over the mower, and disconnect when reversing off, withoutthe operator having to leave the tractor seat to attach or remove the deck. Theside-discharge mower decks are available with cutting widths of 1.5 and 1.8m(60 and 72in).
In addition John Deeres award-winning Hitch Assist system, whichis standard on the 4R Series models, makes coupling up implements and trailersto the tractors rear hitch quicker, easier and safer, and means the operatoronly has to leave the tractor seat once. External switches mounted on the rearfender allow the operator to move the tractor backwards and forwards at amaximum speed of 12mm/second and raise or lower the hitch as required.
Overalltractor lift capacity at the rear linkage is 1148 or 1420kg and towing capacityis 4000 or 5000kg respectively for the 3R and 4R Series. UK list prices startat 20,591 (23,668 in Ireland) for the 3033R model, and 29,670 (37,493 in Ireland) for the 4049R, excluding VAT.