After extensive testing and evaluation, including several seasons operating as a production mower with independent turfgrass producers, Progressive Turf Equipment is pleased to announce the next generation of the popular TDR-22. With a 22' cutting swath, this tri-deck roller mower is proudly built in North America, and is available in both painted and the popular galvanized deck configurations.
The basic design and layout of the TDR-22n remains the same as the prior generation, in that the cutting chamber uses 4 - 24 blades in each of the three decks. The TDR-22n has several significant changes including: revised wing pivot geometry, enhanced fore/aft deck balance, and a focus on reduced maintenance requirements ... just to name a few.
Together, these changes make the new model more productive, easier to operate, maintain, and ultimately a better value for turfgrass producers worldwide.
Features may include:
One of the most visual changes is the design of the four-way deck cradle. The cradle pull points are positioned slightly ahead but much closer to the deck than how competitive models are designed. This cradle pivot position enhances the balance of the dynamic loading between the front and back rollers on each deck as the mower moves in operation. The result is less loading on the front roller making the TDR-22n even better suited for soft ground conditions, while the ability to follow changing contours is also enhanced. Together they permit both higher mowing speeds and mowing in wet conditions.
With Pro Lift-N-Turn a productivity advantage is realized as Operators have the ability to raise the decks slightly off the ground with the PTO still engaged. This makes turns at the headlands easier and less stressful on both the turf and the equipment. The operator simply has to move the hydraulic control to raise the decks while turning, and lower the decks to resume mowing. Automatically engaged locks prevent the decks from rising too far. Owners like this feature as the decks can be raised without fear of damaging the drive lines. More importantly, turning is easier on the turf and this results in less product damage from dragging the rollers across immature turf. Progressive's Pro Lift-N-Turn has simply eliminated the issues competitive models face when turning at the headlands.
Sometimes making improvements can be accomplished by simplifying a previous design. The TDR-22n only uses a single hydraulic line to operate the decks. Not only does this mean fewer lines to leak, snag and maintain, it also means 50% less opportunity to introduce dirt and contamination into the tractor's or mowers hydraulic system from a dirty connection. An operator cannot apply down force on the mower though the hydraulic system, protecting the turf from damage and extending the life of bushings. Using a single circuit also means that the hose routing is cleaner and better protected. Venting built into each cylinder controls the deck descent speed as they are lowered. When mowing, the operator simply places the hydraulic control in the float position and the TDR-22n tracks changes in the terrain. Pro Lift-N-Turn remains fully functional. The TDR-22n requires that the tractor is equipped with one hydraulic float circuit.