John Deere 8700A

Feature Overview
John Deere 8700A
  • TechControl™ Display locks in performance, and uptime
  • Set mowing turn speed to reduce scuffing
  • AutoPedal™ lowers fuel consumption and noise
  • Final Tier 4 without sacrificing horsepower
Maximum rated horsepower At 2800 rpm ISOC: 41.1 kW / 55.1 hp
Mowing speed 0-12.8 km/h / 0-8.0 mph
Cutting unit size Quick Adjust QA7: 55.9 cm cm / 22 in.
Feature Overview
John Deere 8700A
  • TechControl™ Display locks in performance, and uptime
  • Set mowing turn speed to reduce scuffing
  • AutoPedal™ lowers fuel consumption and noise
  • Final Tier 4 without sacrificing horsepower
Maximum rated horsepower At 2800 rpm ISOC: 41.1 kW / 55.1 hp
Mowing speed 0-12.8 km/h / 0-8.0 mph
Cutting unit size Quick Adjust QA7: 55.9 cm cm / 22 in.
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Features

eHydro™ hydrostatic pump and large-capacity wheel motors for serious hill-climbing capabilities

Large wheel motorsLarge wheel motors
eHydro™eHydro™

The eHydro© traction pump and wheel motors in the new A-model takes performance, traction, and operation to the next level.

 

We designed the new system to take on the most challenging course conditions. These improvements to the traction system makes the A-models ideal for undulating terrain providing superior performance and traction out on the course.

 

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 4 adjustments compared to prior models. The design reduced the complexity of the drive system meaning no more linkages to adjust or repair decreased routine maintenance and providing reliable day-in/day-out operation.

Forward/reverse pedalsForward/reverse pedals
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The operator will like the eHydro, too. The pedal effort has been reduced, thus reducing the foot fatigue during many hours of mowing.


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.


AutoPedalAutoPedal
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The AutoPedal feature controls engine rpm and transport speed of the machine through the eHydro™ foot pedal controls. AutoPedal is similar to an automobile gas pedal operation; the more the forward pedal is pressed, the faster the machine moves and the higher the engine rpm; pressing the pedal less, the slower the machine moves and the lower the engine rpm.

 

On conventional machines, the engine rpm is controlled by the operator by means of a manual or electric/manual throttle. Operators are trained to always operate the engine at wide-open throttle. Running at wide open throttle means running the engine at its fastest speed, which increases the sound levels and fuel usage.

 

The AutoPedal system allows the engine to only run as fast as needed, meaning that as operators transport around the course, the engine speed is only as fast as needed for the transport speed. If the operator approaches play and stops, the engine rpm goes to idle. This makes transporting quieter and since the engine does not run full speed all the time, it reduces fuel consumption.

 

Once the operator reaches the mowing site, engages the mow switch on the CommandARM™ controls, the engine rpm automatically increases to full throttle for mowing.


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 2500B PrecisionCut and 2500E 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.


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


Front tireFront tire

When considering a fairway mower's effects on turf compaction, there is more to it than just weight alone. Weight is only a small factor in determining turf compaction.

A key component is the selection of tires used on the machine involves both sizing and tread patterns. The John Deere PrecisionCut™ and E-Cut™ Hybrid Fairway Mowers use large, 26x14-12 front tires for proper front weight distribution, and 20x10-8 tires in the rear to distribute the rear weight.

Both tires use a turf tread to maximize turf friendliness.

They excel in weight distribution providing low ground pressure onto the turf. This provides less tracking, less marking, and less compaction.


RFSRFS
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The 7700A and 8700A PrecisionCut© Fairway Mowers allow all five cutting units to rotate to a vertical position while on the machine gaining access to the bedknife for quick in field service. The rotate for service feature is an exclusive feature of the 7700A and 8700A PrecisionCut Fairway Mowers.

 

It is simple and easy to use RFS. Simply use one hand to pull up on the cutting unit yoke to remove weight from the RFS spring; use your other hand to push the spring lever down on the front cutting units. Then use the hydraulic lift system on the machine to pick the cutting units up, and they will move into the vertical position. Lower the cutting units to the ground; the bedknife will be completely accessable without having to remove cutting units from the traction unit or have access to a machine lift.

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Optional GRIP all-wheel driveOptional GRIP all-wheel drive
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For superior traction with a true hydraulic four-wheel drive (4WD), the GRIP All-Wheel Drive Traction System is optional equipment for the PrecisionCut™ and E-Cut™ Hybrid fairway mowers. This system reduces wheel slip by sending flow from the front wheel to the opposite rear wheel.

For example, if the front right wheel starts to slip, hydraulic flow is diverted to the left rear wheel to maintain positive traction. By allowing the flow to cross over to the opposite rear wheel, the system maintains traction not only while climbing straight up hills, but also on side hills, as well. 

The GRIP All-Wheel Drive Traction System is always engaged when driving forward with the PrecisionCut and E-Cut Hybrid fairway mowers. There are no electronics to engage the 4WD system, simplifying the electrical system and the design of the valve at the rear of the machine.

In reverse, a standard switch is provided that disengages 4WD. The switch senses that the reverse pedal has been depressed and shuts off flow to the rear drive wheels. This ensures that the front drive tires are doing the work in reverse rather than the rear tires, minimizing wheel slip and scuffing of turf when backing up an incline.


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 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.


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.


Large wheel motorsLarge wheel motors
eHydro™eHydro™

The eHydro™ traction pump and wheel motors in the new A-model takes performance, traction, and operation to the next level.

 

We designed the new system to take on the most challenging course conditions. These improvements to the traction system makes the A-models ideal for undulating terrain providing superior performance and traction out on the course.

 

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 4 adjustments compared to prior models. The design reduced the complexity of the drive system meaning no more linkages to adjust or repair decreased routine maintenance and providing reliable day-in/day-out operation.

Forward/reverse pedalsForward/reverse pedals
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The operator will like the eHydro, too. The pedal effort has been reduced, thus reducing the foot fatigue during many hours of mowing.


RFSRFS

The 6700A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut™ Fairway Mowers allow all five cutting units to rotate to a vertical position while on the machine, gaining access to the bedknife for quick in-field service. The Rotate for Service feature is an exclusive feature of the 6700A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut Fairway Mowers.

 

It is simple and easy to use RFS. Simply use one hand to pull up on the cutting unit yoke to remove weight from the RFS spring; use the other hand to push the spring lever down on the front cutting units. Then use the hydraulic lift system on the machine to pick the cutting units up, and they will move into the vertical position. Lower the cutting units to the ground; the bedknife will be completely accessible without having to remove cutting units from the traction unit or have access to a machine lift.

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Specs
Key Specs
Maximum rated horsepower At 2800 rpm ISOC: 41.1 kW
55.1 hp
Mowing speed 0-12.8 km/h
0-8.0 mph
Cutting unit size Quick Adjust QA7: 55.9 cm cm
22 in.
Controls
Throttle Automatic controls with AutoPedal foot controls; manual control through TechControl display
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
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 17.8 cm
7 in.
Frequency of clip (FOC Reels) OR Blade tip speed (decks) Rollers
Front and rear: 7.6 mm
3 in.
10 Blade: 1.06 mm/km/h
10 Blade: 0.067 in./mph
8 Blade: 1.33 mm/km/h
8 Blade: 0.084 in./mph
Number Five
Size Quick Adjust QA7: 55.9 cm
22 in.
Height of cut
Ten-blade QA7: 6.3-50.8 mm
Ten-blade QA7: 0.25-2.0 in.
Eight-blade QA7: 6.3-50.8 mm
Eight-blade QA7: 0.25-2.0 in.
Dimensions
Height with ROPS 224 cm
88 in.
Length 323 cm
127 in.
Transport width 221 cm
87 in.
Mowing position width 287 cm
113 in.
Ground speed Mowing
0-12.8 km/h
0-8.0 mph
Transport
19.2 km/h
12 mph
Reverse
9.6 km/h
6 mph
Engine
Type Direct Inject Turbocharged Diesel
Compliant emission regulation United States and Canada Tier 4
Horsepower Maximum rated horsepower
At 2800 rpm ISOC: 41.1 kW
55.1 hp
Cylinders Four
Displacement 2.091 L
127.6 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 Tandem gear pump
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 turf
Steering tires 20x12X10-8 turf
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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Accessories and Attachments
Bedknives

Bedknife, 12 mm Fairway High Cut - ET17751


Bedknife, 6.3 mm Tournament with Hardened Insert, Less Aggressive - TCU32581


Bedknife, 9.5 mm Fairway Low Cut - MT1928


Fairway Tender Conditioner

(1) 55.9 cm (22-in.) Fairway Tender Conditioner Shaft and Blades for QA7 Cutting Units - BTC10782


(1) FTC / GTC / Rotary Brush Upgrade Kit - BUC10283


(1) Fairway Tender Conditioner Gear Drive for QA7 Cutting Units - BTC10759


Grass Catchers

(1) 55.9 cm (22-in.) Grass Catcher for QA7 Cutting Units (Latch System) - BUC10566


(1) 558.8 mm (22-in.) Weight Transfer Grass Catcher with Large Paddle Clip (Low Profile) for QA5 and QA7 Cutting Units - BTC10718


Front High-Capacity Catcher with Large Paddle Clip for QA5 and QA7 Cutting Units - BTC10719


Front Wing Latch Kit for QA7 Cutting Units - TCB11414


Left Hand Catcher Latch (QA7) - BUC10562


Right Hand Catcher Latch (QA7) - BUC10563


Miscellaneous

Air Ride Suspension Kit - BTC10924


For the 3225C and the 3235C equipped with seven-blade standard cutting units, ET17533 will be shipped as the standard 22-in. bedknife.

 

For the 3225C and 3235C equipped with ESP™ cutting units, ET17751 (minimum height of cut is 12 mm) will be shipped as the standard bedknife for the five-blade and eight-blade cutting units. The 10-blade cutting unit will be shipped with MT1928 (minimum height of cut is 9.5 mm) low-cut fairway bedknife.

 

Following are all the bedknife options available for lightweight fairway mower cutting units:


Grass Catcher Mounting Kit (set of 5) for QA7 Cutting Units - BM22756


John Deere Golf Operator Videos and All Products Safety Video DVD Set - TCU23674


Rear Roller Power Brushes

(1) 55.9 cm (22-in.) Rear Roller Power Brush for QA7 Cutting Units - BTC10835


(1) Rear Roller Power Brush Drive for QA7 Cutting Units - BTC10768


(1) Rear Roller Power Brush Upgrade Kit - BUC10268


Reel Cutting Unit Attaching Yokes

(1) Conversion Mounting Kit 2009 machine to old cutting ESP cutting units - BM22764


(1) Conversion Mounting Kit old machine to new Quick-Adjust 7 (QA7) Cutting Units - BM22763


Reel Cutting Unit Counter Weights

(1) Cutting Unit ONLY Counter Weight Kit - BM22762


(1) Fairway Tender Conditioner (FTC), Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC), or Rotary Brush ONLY Counter Weight Kit - BM22704


(1) QA7 Rear Roller Power Brush ONLY Counter Weight Kit - BM22721


Reel Cutting Units
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The John Deere 6700A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut™ Fairway Mowers use Quick-Adjust 7 (QA7) cutting units that offer not only a premium quality of cut, but quick and easy adjustments.

 

Common with the cutting units on the 2653B PrecisionCut Trim and Surrounds Mower, the 6700A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut Fairway Mowers can provide an outstanding quality of cut in both warm- and cool-season fairways. The QA7 cutting units have a 17.8-cm (7-in.) diameter reel and come in either an eight-blade or 10-blade configuration for the 6700A, 7700A, and 8700A PrecisionCut Mowers.

 

A Speed Link™ height-of-cut system adjusts both sides of the rear roller, rapidly adjusting the height of cut with stunning precision. Reel-to-bedknife adjustments are made with a simple notch system, which adjusts the reel to the bedknife in 0.01-mm (0.0005-in.) increments.

 

Fairway tender conditioners and rear-roller brush adjustments are a breeze. All these adjustments can be easily performed with one 16-mm socket or wrench.


(1) Quick Adjust 7 (QA7) 8-Blade 558.8-mm (22 In.) Cutting Unit with 6.3 mm bedknife - BM24121


Roller Scrapers

(1) 55.9 cm (22-in.) Front Roller Scraper (Solid) for QA7 Verticutter with 50.8 mm (2-in.) Smooth Front Roller - BUC10114


(1) 55.9 cm (22-in.) Rear Roller Scraper (Solid) for QA5 or QA7 Cutting Unit with 50.8 mm (2-in.) Smooth Rear Roller - BUC10112


(1) 558.8-mm (22-in.) x 76.2-mm (3-in.) Grooved Roller Scraper for QA5 and QA7 Cutting Units - BM23002


Smooth roller scrapersSmooth roller scrapers

Rollers

(1) 558.8 (22-in.) x 63.5 mm (2.5-in.) Diameter Heavy Duty Grooved Disc Roller - BM26408


(1) 558.8-mm (22 in.) x 7.6 cm (3 in.) Diameter Heavy-Duty Grooved Disc Roller - BM25317


Spiral-grooved front rollerSpiral-grooved front roller
Spiral-grooved front roller with spiral endcapsSpiral-grooved front roller with spiral endcaps

The 3-in.-diameter spiral-grooved roller with spiral endcaps allows more grass to stand up along the entire width of the cutting unit, providing a better quality of cut. This roller is also self-cleaning, reduces material buildup on the ends, and improves the overall appearance of the finished cut.

These rollers should be used with seven-blade heavy-section cutting units for mowing tees, collars, approaches, or fairways.

The height-of-cut range with these rollers is 5/8 in. to 1-1/4 in. (16 mm to 32 mm). Using the 3-in. (7.6-cm) diameter spiral-grooved rollers with spiral endcaps for a height of cut greater than 3/4 in. (19 mm) requires changing the height-of-cut bolt on the rear adjusters to M10 x 70.

NOTE: These rollers should not be used for greens mowing.


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