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John Deere Military Utility Vehicle To Be Released To Public

M-Gator A1™ Introduced for Public Sale in November


CARY, North Carolina (July 28, 2008)— This Fall John Deere will add to its family of utility vehicles by introducing the M-Gator A1™ to the public. Combat-proven by the U.S. military, the M-Gator A1 will be available for those utility vehicle customers who expect more from a heavy duty, rugged, proven machine.
"The M-Gator has been very well received in the military and emergency personnel communities and has built a reputation we are proud of," says Cleo Franklin, Strategic Marketing Manager, Governmental & National Sales. "This overall response has provided John Deere the opportunity to provide an aspirational unit to an audience who demands greatness."
Equipped with an 854cc (20.8 HP) Yanmar Diesel Engine, dual radiators, and a 1,650 lb. payload capacity, the M-Gator A1 has proven to be rugged enough to work in extreme environments with the speed and power needed to get the job done. Standard features include a keyless ignition; front-mount tubular steel rack, with carrying capacity of 250 lbs., heavy-duty cargo tie-downs, dual batteries and a bumper with an integral brush guard. Other standard features include a fire extinguisher, pintle hitch, two-post foldable OPS, retractable seatbelts and rifle mount system.
The M-Gator A1's optional features include a Sun Shade kit, Garrison Light kit and a 3000-lb. winch. The new Gator is designed to meet or exceed the demands for towing (1,400 lb. capacity) and loading with a convertible heavy-duty cargo box that can be utilized in standard of flatbed configurations. The M-Gator A1 is U.S. Army safety certified, has a top speed of 20 mph and is compatible with both diesel and JP8 fuels.
Originally launched in June 2007 to replace the M-Gator, the M-Gator A1 extended John Deere's customer base to include first responders, search and rescue workers, and police and fire departments across the world. The M-Gator A1's engine provides 30 percent more engine displacement, 11 percent more horsepower, and 14 percent more torque than the previous model. This equates to more power for climbing hills and hauling heavy loads. The M-Gator A1 will be available to the public in early November. To view images and feature details, visit www.JohnDeere.com/M-Gator.
John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.
 

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SMILEY WHORE
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I'll bet they sell a few of these ..... construction companies should really find these useful.

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We've got two in our Motor Pool. They truly are work horses. We don't even use ours to it's full potential here, but in Iraq, they def. earn their keep on the FOBs.
So did you get to drive one ?? :icon_thumright:

Are they six-wheel drive or is the rear axle just a floater ?? :icon_scratch:

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Yeah, I'll bet that diesel motor is a strong runner ...

And it's too bad the front end is a floater .... but if it was six-wheel drive ... it would be way expensive probably.

Good to hear they are a good piece of equipment for the troops :icon_thumleft:

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Yeah, I'll bet that diesel motor is a strong runner ...

And it's too bad the front end is a floater .... but if it was six-wheel drive ... it would be way expensive probably.

Good to hear they are a good piece of equipment for the troops :icon_thumleft:

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When we first got them I thought they were 6x6 but quickly figured out otherwise. The only real downside I've found to this is when you have the payload maxed or stretched it pushes the front really bad. Even when it's empty it likes to push the front around. It has proven to be a good tool especially for the service and support guys. We had some guys who lived by them on the FOBs running here and there taking care of the housing and what not for everyone. The contractors even have their fair share of them. I've seen everything from fire fighters to dinning facilities using them. I'll bet HEBS has had his fun on them too.
 

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Sure looks rugged and if it can withstand the the torture the military will put it through then I'm sure it will find its merit even among the general public . I could really see some law enforcement agencies and fire rescue utilizing it . Make a great addition for our forest firefighters on the ground too .

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