GPS precision pays off

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GPS precision pays off

Using pioneering technology first introduced by John Deere on its agricultural equipment in 2001, the company’s versatile compact tractor range can now be equipped with a StarFire satellite receiver and AutoTrac Universal automatic steering system.

This market leading system helps operators achieve higher levels of accuracy and input cost savings when working with implements such as amenity turf sprayers, spreaders, drills, mowers and cultivators. 

Mike Ramsay of MC Country Services Ltd bought one of the first John Deere AutoTrac compact tractors in the UK from his local dealer Farol Ltd after seeing a top of the range 66hp 4066R at the IOG Saltex show in 2018.

Mike offers a variety of professional grass, paddock, pasture and sports field maintenance plus fencing services for local councils, utilities, private estates, agricultural and equine properties and smallholdings across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

He specialises in reseeding, spraying, mowing and topping, fertilising, harrowing, soil aeration and hedgecutting. He had previously been running a fleet of three compact tractors – one 35hp and two 50hp – on turf tyres to take the range of implements needed to perform each task.

A green tractor parked on a grassy field.

“I wanted to save both time and wastage of inputs through overlapping or misses, particularly with the sprayer, spreader and drill attachments,” says Mike.

“I went for the full GPS system with AutoTrac automatic hands-free steering, a GreenStar 4640 touchscreen display, SF6000 satellite receiver and SF3 signal plus JDLink telematics, so I can get reports sent to my phone and/or PC straight after any job.

“The technology has dramatically cut down the time I spend doing different tasks and just makes the whole job more stress free. I wouldn’t have a tractor without AutoTrac now, not for the work I do.”

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