The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.John Deere now offers a new AutoTrac Ready option for select full-size Gator Utility Vehicles to give farmers and ranchers hands-free steering capabilities and increased versatility.
"John Deere is enabling the productivity gains farmers have seen while using AutoTrac technology on their tractors and integrating it into a smaller, more nimble machine – a Gator Utility Vehicle," said Maureen McCormack, Go-to-Market manager, Gator Utility Vehicles for John Deere.
AutoTrac Ready Gator Utility Vehicles are now available from the factory and come equipped with the necessary wiring harness and brackets for John Deere technology hardware. Customers can order a 4640 Universal Display and StarFire™ 7000 Receiver to be added to their Gator, or they can repurpose units they already own. After activating their subscription, farmers can use hands-free steering to reduce overlap, improve operator and input efficiency, and decrease operator fatigue.
Utility Vehicle mapping field boundaryFarmers can use their AutoTrac equipped Gator Utility Vehicle for precise grid sampling and field boundary creation.GPS receiver on utility vehicleCustomers can order a StarFire 7000 Receiver to be added to their Gator, or they can repurpose units they already own.Utility Vehicle Cab and DisplayAutoTrac Ready Gator Utility Vehicles can be ordered now with availability beginning later this year.Utility Vehicle and sprayer in fieldFarmers and ranchers can use their AutoTrac equipped Gator Utility Vehicle for precise spraying.Utility Vehicle mapping field boundaryFarmers can use their AutoTrac equipped Gator Utility Vehicle for precise grid sampling and field boundary creation.GPS receiver on utility vehicleCustomers can order a StarFire 7000 Receiver to be added to their Gator, or they can repurpose units they already own.
The AutoTrac assisted steering system increases operator productivity by maintaining consistent, repeatable accuracy and efficiency as the vehicle moves across the field. With AutoTrac engaged, operators can remain alert and focused on controlling machine settings and the varying field conditions.
"Farmers and ranchers can use their AutoTrac equipped Gator Utility Vehicle for precise grid sampling, spraying, and field boundary creation," said McCormack. "AutoTrac equipped Gator UVs feature a combination of functionality and versatility that help drive efficiency and productivity into everyday jobs."
The AutoTrac Ready option can be ordered on model-year 2023 John Deere 835/865 cab units including the XUV835M HVAC, XUV835R, XUV835R Signature Edition, XUV865M HVAC, XUV865R, and the XUV865R Signature Edition.
Also notable for MY23, the following features are included in base price for full size Gator Utility Vehicles:
- Factory-installed side mirrors to improve visibility on cab vehicles
- Spray-in liner in the cargo box for added durability on M- and R-trim vehicles
- Cargo box power lift for easy dumping on all R-trim models
- Brake and taillights for added visibility on M- and R-trim vehicles
- Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 extreme-terrain radial tires on steel wheels on M-trim vehicles
- Predator Heavy-Duty all-terrain radial tires on alloy wheels on R-trim vehicles
All E- and M-trim vehicles come from the factory with black vinyl bench seats. R-trim units feature stone cloth bench and black vinyl bench options. All Signature Edition models come equipped with a genuine leather bench seat. Previously used yellow and bucket seat options have been discontinued on full size vehicles.
AutoTrac Ready Gator Utility Vehicles are available for pre-order now with limited availability beginning later this year. For more information visit your local John Deere dealer or JohnDeere.com for more information.