By Anthony Capkun
March 10, 2014 – The 2014 John Deere Gator lineup features updates that promise to enhance quality and improve the utility experience in the field or around the jobsite. The updates focus on operator-side retention, winch enhancements and specific performance tweaks to each model category.
Operator-Side Retention (OSR) is now standard on all Operator Protective Structure (OPS) -equipped Gator utility vehicles. A net 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 for certain models. The nets allow for one-handed operation, while the poly doors feature automotive-style handles, colour-matched panels and a 90º opening. A new Warn ProVantage 3500-lb or 4500-lb winch increases pulling capacity up to 1500 additional pounds over previous models, says Gator.
The heavy-duty line of XUVs (625i, 825i, 855D) features digital display and operator station updates. The 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 promise better nighttime visibility. The highlight of the mid-duty line of XUVs (550, 550 S4) is an improved braking system, says Gator, that delivers a 26% reduction in brake pedal effort.