John Deere Ga­tor RSX860i UTV McCor­mack Cot­ton Tag Trailer

The new beefed-up John Deere Ga­tor RSX860i UTV is now avail­able in Aus­tralia

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John Deere has just re­leased the faster, more ma­noeu­vrable Ga­tor RSX860i UTV onto the Aus­tralian sideby-side market.

It re­places the pre­vi­ous model RSX850i and in­cludes up­dated fea­tures such as a new power-steer­ing op­tion and back­lit tog­gle switches that are eas­ier to op­er­ate when work­ing in low light.

John Deere Ga­tor util­ity ve­hi­cles mar­ket­ing man­ager Mark Davey says changes to in­crease the speed, add power steer­ing, and in­crease the war­ranty should earn the Ga­tor a few more fans.

“Every ad­just­ment and ad­di­tion made to the RSX860i comes as a re­sult of our team ac­tively lis­ten­ing to cus­tomer feed­back,” Davey says. “Top speed was one of the pri­or­i­ties we con­sid­ered with these up­dates, and we were able to in­crease the max­i­mum speed to 97km/h.” The max­i­mum en­gine speed in­creased from 7250rpm to 7750rpm, al­low­ing the RSX860i a 10 per cent in­crease in top speed over the pre­vi­ous model.

Elec­tric Power As­sist Steer­ing (EPAS) is now an op­tion on the 2016 model.

The anti-kick­back fea­ture re­duces the amount of un­wind­ing steer­ing when op­er­at­ing through rough ter­rain. The sys­tem also ad­justs the steer­ing ef­fort needed as the speed of the ve­hi­cle changes.

All EPAS-equipped ve­hi­cles are pre-wired for a winch, which re­duces in­stall time should you choose to have one put in.

The front dif­fer­en­tial has been changed to a spi­ral bevel de­sign for re­duced noise.

The he­li­cal de­sign of this gear set is stronger and pro­duces less vi­bra­tion and noise com­pared to the straight cut gears used on many UTVs, ac­cord­ing to John Deere. The steer­ing knuck­les and con­trol arms are painted post-ma­chin­ing to pre­vent rust and dis­coloura­tion.

The RSX860i comes with a 12-month or 1000-hour fac­tory war­ranty and is avail­able in tra­di­tional John Deere green and yel­low, olive and black, or Real­tree Hard­woods HD Cam­ou­flage.

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