Today in Gear: John Deere’s Gators get sinister, a handsome pocket knife, Bacardi’s premium collection of rum and more.
Nothing kicks ass like a Deere
John Deere’s first-ever use of a 839cc V-twin motorcycle engine in a Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV), a beast that delivers the kind of fun typically reserved for all-out-war paintball melees, says a lot about their intentions. With a top speed of 53 mph (feels more like 100), 4WD, fully independent multi-link suspension, nine inches of wheel travel, 10 inches of ground clearance, Fox racing shocks, and a 400-pound capacity cargo box, the Gator RSX 850i seems eager to go anywhere and do anything. Sounds like a challenge we were born for.
100 Years and Counting
Iconic. When was the last time you didn’t hear the buzzword spouted in a commercial for something from the worlds of automotive, fashion or interior design? The terminology of agricultural equipment and lawn care is an entirely different story. Well, mostly. A certain Deere & Company, founded in 1837 and known colloquially as John Deere, is a rare exception. We paid a visit to their Horicon, Wisconsin factory to find out why.
Smoke some grass
Though you might dream about dropping lotto-winning cash on a pimped-out riding mower, the truth is that you don’t need to spend more than $2k for a mower that you can captain with pride. Whether you plan on doing your best Bill Murray (Caddyshack, not Lost in Translation) impression on your own personal links, or hope to trim a more modest green acres, we’ve got the riding mower for you.
A beer on the back of a riding mower sounds great, but sipping on one in our hammock? Now we’re talking. Evidently, the good folks at John Deere agree, which is why (we assume) they’ve created the Tango E5 autonomous mower. This battery-powered unit operates within an area up to 1,800 square meters, established by…
Few things stoke our vehicular lusts like unabashed utility, and the John Deere Gator XUV 620i Special Edition ($11,999) brute delivers it in spades. In addition to the standard features of Deere’s full line of Gator utility vehicles, this 620i offers a laundry list of finishes that will make your imported, garage-dwelling whip John Deere…
I see two things here: 1) Grass’ worst enemy and 2) Neighborhood envy at it’s finest. If you own any more than 2 square yards of grass then mowing is a chore. Like any good man your desire to turn chores into sweet sweet fun is inherent and there’s no better way to make that…