John Deere 6500A

John Deere 6500A Product Photo
Feature Overview
John Deere 6500A
  • 24.7 hp FT4 compliant Liquid-Cooled Diesel Engine
  • 22” QA5 Cutting Units for a 100” total Width of Cut
  • 3-wheel, smooth tire configuration with standard GRIP All-Wheel Drive
  • Passcode-protected TechControl display
Maximum rated horsepower At 3000 rpm: 24.7 hp (18.4 kW) / High idle 3200 rpm
Mowing speed 0 to 12.8 km/h / 0 to 8.0 mph
Cutting unit size Quick Adjust QA5: 55.9 cm / 22 in.
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Diesel engineDiesel engine
Diesel engineDiesel engine

Power starts with the engine, and the 6080A, 6500A, and 6700A PrecisionCut™ and 6080A and 6500A E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers feature a 3-cylinder, 18.4-kW (24.7-hp ) diesel engine that has a strong reputation for power and performance. The engine is FT44 compliant, without the use of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) or diesel particulate filter (DPF) to lower up-front acquisition costs.

 

The engine provides power for undulating conditions, while also being able to power fairway tender conditioners and rear roller power brushes while running any reel combination.

 

The air-intake system is also designed to pull clean air from the front of the machine behind the operator's seat, rather than dirty air from the rear of the machine. This improves engine performance and efficiency during those hot, dusty times of the year.

Smooth tiresSmooth tires
Three-wheel stanceThree-wheel stance

The 6080A, 6500A, and 6700A PrecisionCut™ and 6080A, 6500A, and 8000A E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers help to make fairways that look like greens a reality.

An innovative, smooth tire design minimizes compaction and tire marking, especially in turns, giving a look similar to that from a riding greens mower. The GRIP all-wheel drive traction system works in combination with the smooth tire design to give a greens-quality appearance without sacrificing traction.

These machines also excel at weight distribution, ensuring each tire sees an equal amount of weight over a large tire surface area for a ground pressure that is friendly to the surface of the turf.

This three-wheel stance is common with riding greens mowers in the market today. This provides an after-cut appearance that is so good it looks like the fairways were mowed by a greens mower. The three-wheel stance also excels in maneuverability, allowing for tight turning at the end of passes for increased productivity.

Treaded tireTreaded tire

For those who prefer to use a treaded tire rather than a smooth tire, a fairway tread is also available through Parts.

TechControl displayTechControl display
Password-protected settingsPassword-protected settings
More control with the TechControl display with a large easy-to-read screen

Passcode-protected TechControl display enables quickly setting or changing mowing speed, turning speed, or transport speed to limit variations in performance by different operators.

Mow setting screenMow setting screen

Quickly adjust the mow or transport speed to make sure mow speed is what is needed for the changing conditions. The setting can be adjusted precisely using a speedometer app on a smartphone or global positioning system (GPS) device.

Turn-speed setting screenTurn-speed setting screen

Use the TechControl to slow the machine during turns while mowing and protect against turf scuffing and aggressive turning operators.

 

The turn speed control engages when in mow and the cutting units are lifted for turns. Once the turn is made and the cutting units are lowered, the machine speed returns to the set mow speed.

 

The turn speed is a percentage of mow speed. When set to 100 percent, turn speed control is off or allows 100 percent of the mow speed in turns. Turn speed setting of 50 percent allows only 50 percent of the set mow speed to be reached during turns.

 

Here is an example:

Mow speed = 9.66 km/h (6 mph)
Turn speed set at 50 percent
Maximum turning speed will be 4.83 km/h (3 mph)

Input/output screenInput/output screen
Service timers screenService timers screen

The A-model PrecisionCut™ Mowers, E-Cut™ Hybrid Mowers, and TerrainCut™ Mowers have the latest in advanced diagnostics through the TechControl display. Most all diagnostics are performed while sitting in the operator’s seat.

 

The TechControl has onboard visual diagnostics allowing quick and easy machine diagnostics, maximizing up time. The system allows technician to see inputs and outputs of the electrical system.  Also, the technician can see stored controller codes on the machine to aide in troubleshooting incidents that may have occurred while on the course.

 

The TechControl will also display the notification for maintenance of the hydraulic and engine oils using service timers to notify when it has reached the time to perform the required service.

Language settingsLanguage settings
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Choose from a list of several languages to use for the TechControl.

 

Operator warning notifications are incorporated into the TechControl and will alert the operator if a problem arises during operation.

 

 

Description

Hydraulic over temp

Hydraulic oil filter restriction

Engine oil pressure low

Engine coolant temperature

Reel motor

Battery voltage

LoadMatch settingLoadMatch setting

LoadMatch is an electronic setting through the TechControl display that allows managers more control of the machine and how it is operated when out on the course.

 

Most operators will mow as fast as the mow setting will allow, keeping their traction pedal all the way down. However, in some conditions this can lead to poor cut quality.

 

One example is getting behind in mowing due to weather conditions. The grass is long and lush and to properly cut that amount of grass at one time, the operator should slow the traction speed. This allows the cutting units to maintain proper turning speed, process the grass, and properly cut in one pass. Not slowing down causes missed grass and an uneven appearance. This affects the after-cut appearance and also reduces productivity by having to mow a second time to properly cut the lush grass.

 

The LoadMatch feature compensates the traction speed of machine to keep power to the cutting units. In the long, lush conditions described above with LoadMatch engaged, the operator would still have the traction pedal all the way down, but the machine would sense the load and slow the traction speed to properly cut the mowing pass. Once the load is reduced, the machine will return to the normal mow speed.

 

LoadMatch puts the manager in control of cut quality instead of the operator.

eHydro™eHydro™

The traction system in the A-models is driven by a servo-controlled hydrostatic pump. The control of the pump is no longer mechanical linkages, but instead it is electronic.

 

In total, approximately 94 parts have been eliminated from the traction drive system along with four adjustments compared to prior models. The design reduced the complexity of the drive system, which means no more linkages to adjust or repair, decreased routine maintenance, and more reliable day-in/day-out operation.

Forward/reverse pedalsForward/reverse pedals

The operator will like the eHydro pump, too. The pedal effort has been reduced, thus reducing foot fatigue during many hours of mowing.

Rear wheel motorRear wheel motor

The standard GRIP all-wheel drive traction system transfers hydraulic flow from wheels that slip to wheels that grip. For example, if the right front wheel starts to slip, hydraulic flow goes to the left front and rear tires to maintain traction power. This helps provide maximum traction in undulating conditions.

 

The GRIP all-wheel drive traction system is standard equipment with the 6080A, 6500A, and 6700A PrecisionCut™ and 6080A and 6500A E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers and is also engaged at all times, whether in mow or in transport. A check valve in the rear motor puts the machine in two-wheel drive (2WD) in reverse to minimize any potential scuffing.

Steering cylinder and linkage systemSteering cylinder and linkage system

For superintendents who want stripes as straight as they are on the greens, the A-model PrecisionCut™ Mowers and E-Cut™ Hybrid Mowers do exactly that. Utilizing the same style steering cylinder as on the 2550 PrecisionCut and 2550 E-Cut Hybrid Riding Greens Mowers, the PrecisionCut and E-Cut Hybrid Mowers can mow the straightest lines of any mower in the industry today.

 

Traditional hydraulic cylinders have a rod on only one side of the cylinder. The cylinder on the A-models has one rod that goes through both sides of the cylinder. This equalizes volume and pressure on both sides of the cylinder packing, helping the operator make   perfectly straight lines with little effort.

 

This system also equalizes the steering effort, meaning easy turns whether turning to the right or to the left.

Easy access for cleaningEasy access for cleaning

Easier daily maintenance points are designed into the machine to assist operators with complete daily maintenance and to keep the machine running at peak performance, saving valuable time and money.

 

For ease of service, all daily engine checks are easily accessible by raising the hood. These service points include an engine-oil level check, a coolant level check, hydraulic fluid level, and an air-restriction indicator.

 

The A-model PrecisionCut™ Mowers, E-Cut™ Hybrid Mowers, and TerrainCut™ Mowers feature a radiator screen that is easily removed without tools and a tilt-out oil cooler for easy cleaning.

Rubber mounted front up stopsRubber mounted front up stops
Double rear up stopDouble rear up stop

The 6500A, 6700A, 7500A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut™ and 6500A and 7500A E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers all have cutting units that contact up stops for transport. These up stops are rubber and limit cutting units from swinging during transport. The lift system also folds the two wing units inside the tires to limit possibility of damage to the wing units when transporting through and around objects on the course.

Key Specs
Maximum rated horsepower At 3000 rpm: 24.7 hp (18.4 kW)
High idle 3200 rpm
Mowing speed 0 to 12.8 km/h
0 to 8.0 mph
Cutting unit size Quick Adjust QA5: 55.9 cm
22 in.
Controls
Throttle Hand throttle
Operator display TechControl Display; Located on Command Arm; displays machine warnings, on-board electrical diagnostics; service timers on large easy to read screen; quick on the go settings for mow and transport speed; Turn Speed; Loadmatch™ and ON/OFF Cruise Control Use selection: all settings are pass code protected
Forward/reverse 2-pedal
electronic control of eHydro system
Mower lift One-touch single handle
Parking brake Electric Switch on Command Arm for Internal Wet Disk Brakes
Seat Suspension seat with seat belts and arm rest; fore/aft adjustment; weight and lumbar adjustment
PTO Electric Switch on Command Arm
Tilt steering Left Foot operated for easy adjustment
Storage Cup holder; two-way radio; large operator storage located on left hand side of operator station
Cutting Units
Total width of cut 254 cm
100 in.
Reel diameter 12.7 cm
5 in.
Frequency of clip (FOC Reels) OR Blade tip speed (decks) Rollers
Front and rear: 50.8 mm
2 in.
Optional Front : 63.5 mm
2.5 in.
Optional Front : 76.2 mm
3 in.
At 2200 reel speed (engine high idle) -
11- Blade: 0.69 mm/km/h
11- Blade: 0.044 in./mph
7-Blade: 1.09 mm/km/h
7-Blade: 0.069 in./mph
Number Five
Size Quick Adjust QA5: 55.9 cm
22 in.
Height of cut Construction
2.0 to 28.5 mm
0.078 to 1.125 in.
Dimensions
Height with ROPS 217.3 cm
85.6 in.
Length 307.2 cm
121 in.
Transport width 217.5 cm
85.6 in.
Mowing position width 284.6 cm
112 in.
Ground speed Mowing
0 to 12.8 km/h
0 to 8.0 mph
4WD mow speed
N/A
Transport
0 to 16.1 km/h
0 to 10.0 mph
Reverse
0 to 9.7 km/h
0 to 6.0 mph
Engine
Type Indirect Inject Diesel
Compliant emission regulation United States and Canada Final Tier 4, EU Stage V
Horsepower Maximum rated horsepower
At 3000 rpm: 24.7 hp (18.4 kW)
High idle 3200 rpm
Cylinders Three
Displacement 1.267 L
77.32 cu in.
Air cleaner 2-stage dry element
Fuel Diesel Up to B20 compliant
Cooling system Liquid centrifugal pump; forward machine location for optimum cooling
Operating weight
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Sound levels
Measuring standard ISO 11201
Attachments installed FTCs, reels engaged
Vehicle
Drive pump Axial piston, electronically controlled hydrostatic traction pump; dual gear pumps for steering, lift, mow, and charge
Ground pressure 69 kPa
10 psi
Hydraulic system capacity 37.8 L
10 U.S. gal.
Fuel tank capacity 60.6 L
16 U.S. gal.
Steering Hydraulic power with double acting steering cylinder
Front drive tires 26.5x14-12 smooth
Steering tires 24x13-12 smooth
Brakes Internal hydraulic wet disc brakes with dynamic braking through closed loop hydrostatic system
ROPS Standard; meets ISO 21299 Standard
Warranty
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*Manufacturer's suggested price. MSRP may be different in California. Taxes, freight, setup, and delivery not included. Optional accessories and attachments not included. Equipment, models and prices may vary by dealer. Product options and accessories may not be available in all regions. The engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less. Refer to the engine manufacturer’s website for additional information. Offers valid in the United States. Prices in U.S. dollars.
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