New 220 SL PrecisionCut™ Walk Greens Mower

Walk Greens Mowers
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Key Features
  • Adjustable, loop-style handlebar for maximum comfort and control
  • Rubber isolators for reduced vibration
  • Easily accessible bedknife-to-reel adjustment

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Features

Integrated gear reduction yields same quality of cut regardless of operator mowing speed
Engine gear reductionEngine gear reduction

The SL Walk-Behind Greens Mowers come standard with an engine gear reduction in the external differential drive. This mechanism automatically compensates the reel speed across the full-throttle range.

 

For a three-year-experienced operator who is comfortable mowing at a faster speed and a newer operator who operates at a slower speed, the frequency of clip between the operators is exactly the same. This is a function of the gear reduction. The faster the throttle speed, the faster the reel speed. And the slower the throttle, the slower the reel speed.

 

There is nothing the technician, operator, or superintendent needs to do to make this happen; it is an automatic system. Superintendents can feel confident that no matter if the operator is experienced or relatively new, the cut quality between the two will be the same.

Greasable reel and roller bearings purge unwanted contaminants
Reel-bearing grease pointReel-bearing grease point
Roller-bearing grease pointRoller-bearing grease point

Golf courses present some of the toughest conditions for a machine to operate in. The golf course environment presents several challenges, including fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and irrigation, to name a few. Each application presents opportunities to damage important reel bearings and roller bearings, drastically shortening the life of these components.

 

Some competitive machines include sealed bearings as a feature. However, it is important to note that when a machine is washed with cool water after it has been operated, the bearings are naturally hot.  When cold water is applied to a hot bearing, the water is sucked into the bearing, immediately introducing contaminants that will shorten the bearing life. With a sealed bearing, there is no way to purge these contaminants out of the bearing.

 

As a result of the operating conditions, the John Deere SL models offer greasable reel and roller bearings only, no sealed bearings. After using and cleaning the machine, simply grease the bearings to purge the unwanted contaminants. This greatly increases the life of the reel and roller bearings.

Sealed external differential provides even power distribution for drive rolls and reel
External differential driveExternal differential drive
Internal view of differentialInternal view of differential

The external differential and reel drive sprocket provide even power distribution for a consistent speed to the drive rolls and reel. An internal gear reduction for the reel drive allows a consistent frequency of clip across the entire range of engine throttle.

 

The drum drive and reel drive sprockets run in a sealed oil bath, resulting in continuous, quiet performance and exceptional component life.

Special alloys ensure bedknives are tough and resistant
BedknifeBedknife

The SL Walk-Behind Greens Mowers feature a large selection of quality bedknives for mowing any area on the golf course, including greens, tees, approaches, collars, aprons, and fairways. 

 

The harder the steel in a bedknife, the longer it maintains an edge. However, a harder steel is also more brittle, making the bedknife more susceptible to damage. A steel that is too soft wears quickly, but is less prone to breaking. 

 

The John Deere bedknife line represents a strength compromise. Special alloys ensure bedknives are tough and resistant to damage over time, without sacrificing the life of the edge.

 

18-in. (45.72 cm) bedknives for the 180SL

 

Description

Bedknife part number

Minimum height of cut

 18-in. tournament

MT4846

 0.098 in. (2.5 mm)

 18-in. ultra-low-cut tournament

MT7350 

 0.078 in. (2 mm)

22-in. (55.88 cm) bedknives for the 220SL

 

 Description

 Bedknife part number

 Minimum height of cut

 22-in. bedknife

 ET17533

0.126 in. (3.2 mm)

 22-in. tournament

 ET17534

 0.098 in. (2.5 mm)

 22-in. long-life fairway

 ET17532

 0.189 in. (4.8 mm)

 22-in. high-cut fairway

 ET17767

 0.299 in. (7.6 mm)

 22-in. ultra-low-cut tournament

 MT7351

 0.079 in. (2.0 mm)

 22-in. tournament with hardened insert

 ET11066

 0.126 in. (3.2 mm)

 

26-in. (66.04 cm) bedknives for the 260SL

Description

Bedknife part number

Minimum height of cut

26-in. bedknife

MT6947

0.126 in. (3.2 mm)

26-in. long-life fairway

MT6946

0.189 in. (4.8 mm)

High-strength steel reels—Long life, reduced maintenance, and superior toughness
High-strength steel reelsHigh-strength steel reels

The 180SL, 220SL, and 260SL Mowers feature a fixed-position reel for even and consistent cutting heights.

  • Bedknife-to-reel adjustment knobs provide easy adjustment, infinite range, and pinpoint accuracy for exceptional quality of cut
  • High-strength steel reel for long-wear life, reduced maintenance, and resistance to breakage
  • Machine frame for each model matches reel width for increased productivity, easy overlapping, and even striping appearance
  • A 5-in. (12.7-cm) diameter 11-blade reel for 0.195-in. (5-mm) frequency of clip
  • Eccentric adjustment for rear roller allows quick and easy adjustment of paralleling the reel to the rear drum, optimizing height-of-cut consistency

 

A seven-blade reel is available for the 260SL as a factory-installed option for mowing tees at higher heights of cut.

Narrow front-roller-to-rear-drum distance for contour following and cleanup-pass cut quality
Narrow front-roller-to-rear-drum distanceNarrow front-roller-to-rear-drum distance

The line of SL Walk Greens Mowers features a narrow front-roller-to-rear-drum distance for easy turning, maneuverability, and cleanup-pass cutting performance. With a Greens Tender™ Conditioner (GTC) installed, this distance is 13.5 in. (342 mm).

 

A narrow front-roller-to-rear-drum base increases performance in undulations, minimizing scalping opportunities and improving cut quality.

 

By keeping the roller base narrow, the John Deere SL models requires very little effort to lift the front roller to make a turn. As this distance increases, turning effort becomes much more difficult, reducing operator comfort during mowing. 

 

Another benefit of the narrow front-to-rear base is maneuverability. By keeping the distance as short as possible, the machine becomes much easier to steer and requires little tracking effort on every pass. As this distance increases, opportunities for difficult steering and less-than-optimal tracking become much more prevalent. 

 

These are important considerations when comparing to a floating-head walk-behind greens mower.  Some of these competitive units feature front-roller-to-rear-drum distances that are up to 2.86 in. (72.6 mm) more than the John Deere SL models. This added distance increases lifting effort during turns and makes it more difficult to keep the machines on track.

 

Also important to note is the quality of cut in the cleanup pass. Cleanup passes are made in the same track every single time they are mowed. A longer machine with limited steering means the front roller drags across the turf in the cleanup pass, eventually thinning out the turf and hurting its quality. The John Deere SL models limit this impact with its narrow front-roller-to-rear-drum distance.

Quiet, smooth gas engine
3.5 hp (2.6 kW) gas engine3.5 hp (2.6 kW) gas engine

118 cc 3.5 hp* (2.6 kW) at 3600 rpm engine manufacturer net power tested in accordance with SAE J1349 engine provides plenty of power for even the most demanding mowing conditions.

  • Tethered fuel cap, no vent or additional vapor lines
  • Taller carbon canister fuel cap
  • Additional cooling fins for improved cooling
  • Ignition timing changed for reduced emissions to meet California and EPA compliance
  • Automotive-style piston rings constructed of steel rather than cast iron
  • Automatic compression release (ACR) for smooth, easy starting
  • Electronic ignition for reliable consistent starting and operation
  • Overhead valves for smooth, quiet, efficient operation
  • Tuned to burn efficiently for good fuel economy and to reduced carbon buildup
  • Dual-element air cleaner for better performance and extended service
  • Fuel tank capacity of 2.7 U.S. qt (2.5 L), with an extended filler neck to reduce spillage and keep contaminants out

* 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 Web site for additional information.

 

Rubber isolators for reduced vibration
Rear frameRear frame

Rubber engine isolators reduce engine vibration, enhancing operator comfort and ensuring a consistent effective height of cut across the width of the machine.

 

The isolators are mounted to the front and rear frame cross members, which feature a double section for increased strength and durability.

Gear-driven, counter-rotating rotary brush and Greens Tender™ Conditioner for grain and thatch control
Greens Tender ConditionerGreens Tender Conditioner
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Both the rotary brush and Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) rotate in the opposite direction of the reel to stand grass up prior to cutting for a consistent quality of cut. This reverse rotation also does an excellent job of standing up the leaf blades just prior to being cut by the reel. A gear-driven design provides the method for counter-rotation. Competitive walking greens mowers utilize belt-drive systems, meaning the groomer rotates in the same direction as the reel.

Rotary brushRotary brush
DT Rotary brushDT Rotary brush

 The rotary brush helps control runners and reduce grain for a truer playing surface by lifting horizontal grass blades so they can be cut by the reel.

 

The GTC controls runners and reduces grain by lifting horizontal grass blades, but it also slices stolons to promote new growth.

 

The rotary brush and GTC are powered by an external gear-drive attachment:

  • Gear-drive design allows the GTC to be turned off or on, a unique feature belt-drive designs cannot offer.
  • The gear-drive attachment adjusts the rotary brush or GTC to 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) below cut for more aggressive grooming or 7/32 in. (5.6 mm) above cut easily without tools.
  • The attachment can easily be raised or lowered into or out of the working position without any tools.

The GTC and rotary brush drive feature a quick-engagement lever allowing the operator to either engage or disengage the drive.

Wide range of roller options, including grooved, smooth, and spiral rollers

There are four roller options available for greens mowing:

  • A machined grooved roller with solid endcaps
  • A continuous machined grooved roller
  • Solid smooth roller
  • Hollow smooth roller

There is an additional spiral roller option for tee, approach, and fairway mowing. The other roller options can be considered for non-greens applications as well.

 

Machined grooved roller with solid endcaps
Grooved roller with solid endcapsGrooved roller with solid endcaps
  • This roller gives the best overall cut quality results in most greens mowing conditions.
  • The solid endcaps help provide a larger supporting surface for the cutting unit, which is important for cleanup passes.
  • This roller is machined out of solid bar stock and has a very true surface and roundness for precise, accurate, and consistent adjustments at low heights of cut.
Machined grooved roller with continuous grooves
Grooved roller with continuous groovesGrooved roller with continuous grooves

These machined grooved front rollers have continuous grooves throughout the entire width of the roller.

  • This roller also provides a very good cut quality, but will provide a more aggressive cut.
  • This roller is machined out of solid bar stock and has a very true surface and roundness for precise, accurate, and consistent adjustments at low heights of cut.
2-in. (50.8-mm) machined spiral-grooved roller

The 2-in. (50.8-mm) diameter spiral-grooved rollers with spiral endcaps should be used only when mowing tees, collars, approaches, or fairways. This roller should not be used on greens surfaces.

Smooth roller options
Smooth rollerSmooth roller

The smooth rollers are intended for use on greens where the superintendent does not want to cut as aggressively.

  • These rollers are generally used during seasonal or regional conditions where the greens may be wet, soft, or stressed.
  • The hollow front roller is lighter weight and may be the preferred choice in times of extreme stress. It has a similar effect to increasing the benchsetting height of cut due to its reduced weight.
Easily accessible bedknife-to-reel adjustment
Bedknife-to-reel adjuster towerBedknife-to-reel adjuster tower
Height-of-cut adjuster towerHeight-of-cut adjuster tower

Bedknife-to-reel adjustments on the SL Walk Greens Mowers can be made quickly and easily, saving valuable time for technicians to complete other necessary tasks.

 

The bedknife-to-reel system features two adjuster towers (one for each end of the bedknife) that are easily turned by hand. Simply use a 13-mm wrench or socket to loosen the adjuster tower clamps, turn the towers counterclockwise to increase the bedknife-to-reel gap or clockwise to decrease the gap, and tighten the adjuster tower clamps. The bedknife-to-reel clearance should be adjusted to 0.001 in. (.0254 mm). 

 

All SL Walk Greens Mowers feature a unique adjustment to allow for easy paralleling of the rear drum to the front roller. This can easily be accomplished using a flat plate. The parallel adjustment ensures the rear drum and reel are in the same plane, optimizing a consistent height of cut and cut quality.

Dual traction rolls for straight tracking and excellent maneuverability
External differential driveExternal differential drive
Traction rollTraction roll

The dual traction rolls for the rear drum are powered by an external differential drive. This design provides equal power to both rolls for the straightest possible tracking. The external differential drive and split drum work together to allow minimal turning efforts and excellent maneuverability when making turns and mowing cleanup passes.

 

The traction drive rolls are constructed of aluminum, which offers corrosion resistance for durability and long life. The smooth roller surface on the 180SL and 220SL Mowers provide an evenly rolled appearance on greens and other mowing surfaces. The 260SL Mower features a dimpled drum for increased traction in turfs of higher heights, such as tees, collars, aprons, and approaches.

 

The outside ends of the traction rolls are tapered to provide a smooth transition between the rolled and non-rolled surface areas.

Roller attaching system for quick removal and installation of the front roller for changing conditions
Front roller bracketFront roller bracket

The ability to quickly adapt to the changing conditions is what golf courses have been doing for years. The SL model walk greens mowers from John Deere gives you the ability to meet the demanding needs of any green and helps you with the changing conditions.

 

The front roller bracket on the SL line gives you the ability to quickly change your front roller for the changing conditions that most greens see during the growing season. This gives you the ability to change from a grooved roller to a smooth roller with minimal effect on your bench setting and saves the time for the golf course technician.

 

How this feature works is each roller bracket has two sections that are bolted together to clamp the roller in place. The top section, connected to the Speed Link™ system, does not move when you remove the roller, thus keeping the height consistent. By removing the bottom bolt on each side, the front roller can be quickly removed from the machine, saving time and money while ensuring you have the correct roller for your condition.

Consistent effective height of cut—A prism tells the story
Effective height of cutEffective height of cut

No matter the type of reel cutting unit or surface being mowed, there are two ways to measure height of cut. The first measure is called benchsetting height of cut. This height of cut is established by using a gauge bar and measuring the distance from the bottom of the rollers to the top edge of the bedknife. This serves as an initial guide for establishing the cutting height.

 

However, the cutting unit may not be mowing exactly at this height. Other factors come into play, such as softness or firmness of the mowing surface, thatch, turf density, roller shape and surface area, and weight, just to name a few. More than likely, after these factors are taken into consideration, the turf is being mowed at a height less than the benchsetting height of cut. The actual cutting height is called effective height of cut.

 

How is the effective height of cut measured? It can only be measured with a prism gauge, which uses a series of mirrors to visually show the horizontal profile of the turf. The prism essentially shows the turf rotated upward 90 degrees, so the actual height of cut can easily be seen.

 

Understanding effective height of cut versus benchsetting height of cut is critical when evaluating a greens mower. Traditional fixed-head walk-behind greens mowers such as the 180SL, 220SL, and 260SL will almost always cut at a lower effective height of cut compared to recent floating-head walk-behind greens mowers.

 

In order to establish the same effective height of cut, the fixed-head walk-behind greens mower should be set at a higher benchsetting height of cut. Why? All of the weight of the fixed-head walk-behind greens mower is distributed to the rear drum and front roller. The weight on the actual cutting head of a floating-head mower comes from the cutting unit itself, not the traction unit. Essentially, the floating-head walk-behind greens mower is similar to a one-gang triplex in that regard.

 

So, isn't a floating-head walk-behind greens mower friendlier for the turf? The answer is no. Traditional fixed-head greens mowers stay engaged in the turf, helping to minimize thatch buildup and maintain a consistent height of cut. This may result in less thatch issues over time depending on other agronomic practices. Floating-head walk-behind greens mowers tend to ride over the top of the turf due to the light weight of the cutting unit actually in contact with the turf. This non-aggressive nature may result in significant thatch accumulation over time unless other agronomic practices are implemented.

 

Both types of mowers are affected by changing conditions. Both will require height-of-cut changes as conditions soften. The difference is that the 180SL, 220SL, and 260SL will always cut at a consistent height of cut due to their weight distribution and balance, whereas floating-head walk-behind greens mowers cannot make the same claim.

 

For maximum contour-following capability in severe undulations, the John Deere 180SL performs exceptionally. With a narrow 18-in. (45.7 cm) frame, fixed grass catcher, and narrow overlap, the productivity of the 180SL is roughly equal to that of 21-in. (53.34 cm) floating-head walk-behind greens mowers.

14-blade reel lowers frequency of clip
14-blade reel14-blade reel
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Using the 14-blade reel on greens mowers will lower the frequency of clip and also provide a clean, smooth cut. It can increase the playability of the putting surface and greens speed.

 

Frequency of clip (FOC) is defined as the distance traveled between consecutive cuts. In other words, it is how far the machine moves from the time one blade passes across the bedknife until the next blade passes. The lower the frequency of clip, the less distance that is traveled until the next blade passes.

 

There is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to frequency of clip. The less distance the mower travels between consecutive cuts, the more times the same grass blade is going to be impacted by the reel. Too low a frequency of clip can cause bruising of the turf - especially in the overlap from pass to pass.

 

Frequency of clip is often used as a measurement of cut quality, however there are other key factors that attribute to gaining good quality of cut. The factors that lead to good cut quality are:

  • Geometry of the cutting unit
  • Sharpness of reels and bedknife
  • Proper cutting-unit setup (parallel and bedknife-to-reel clearance)
  • Height of cut (HOC) (effective versus bench HOC)
  • Bedknife selection
  • Roller selection for the turf conditions
  • Turf conditions

The geometry of John Deere cutting units makes the optimum range for frequency of clip between 0.160 in. (4.064 mm) and 0.190 in. (4.824 mm) for walk greens mowers. This is where the technology of the PrecisionCut™ walk greens mowers excels and provides a superior cut and after-cut appearance.

Machines

14-blade reel part number

Minimum FOC
in. (mm)

Minimum FOC with AMT2865*
in. (mm)

180SL PrecisionCut Walk Greens Mower

TCA23624

0.141 (3.58)

0.123 (3.12)

220SL PrecisionCut Walk Greens Mower

TCA23623

0.141 (3.58)

0.123 (3.12)

*Frequency speed-up kit
Larger, 63.5-mm (2.5-in.) front grooved disc roller compatible with Fairway Tender Conditioner (FTC) and Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) attachment for 22 In. (55.9 cm) Quick Adjust 5 reel cutting units
Grooved disc rollerGrooved disc roller

The grooved disc roller can be used with 55.9-cm (22-in.) Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) cutting units, in combination with the GTC and FTC, to provide additional roller options for fairway, tees, and approach areas.

 

The increased diameter improves the durability over smaller rollers and it features hardened discs for improved wear which retains spring tension for reduced maintenance, making it an ideal roller for fairway, tee, and approach mowing.

Grass-catcher system—Fixed to plane of reel for maximum performance in severe undulations
Grass catcherGrass catcher

The grass catcher is designed to retain clippings by slowing down the air volume and routing it out of the catcher while keeping the clippings in. Molded-in grooves and bullhorn-style mounting brackets make it easy to remove and replace the catcher. The catcher is made of lightweight polyethylene material that resists corrosion and cracking, reduces vibration, and is easy to use.

 

Overlap marks are molded into the top of the catcher for increased productivity and straightly mowed passes.

 

The grass-catcher system on the SL Walk Greens Mowers is fixed to the same plane as the reel. This means the grass catcher follows contours exactly as the reel does, maximizing the volume of grass thrown into the catcher. It also increases productivity by reducing the amount of overlap required.

 

Some competitive floating-head walk-behind greens mowers feature a grass catcher that is mounted to the traction unit frame, while allowing the reel to independently float in relationship to the catcher. In undulations, this means grass may get projected underneath the catcher on the ends of the cutting unit. As a result, more significant overlapping is required to ensure that all of the freshly cut grass gets thrown into the catcher, not underneath it. The increased overlapping required on the floating-head units makes the productivity of a 180SL roughly equal to that of a 21-in. (53.34 cm) floating-head greens mower.

 

The SLWalk Greens Mowers also feature a large-capacity grass catcher for a couple of reasons.  First, a consistent effective height of cut means more grass is being cut and more grass is being thrown into the catcher. Second, increased capacity limits opportunities for grass clippings to fall out of the catcher when making turns.

Optional brushes help stand the grass up for a cleaner cut and improved striping appearance
Brushes optionsBrushes options

There are several options for brushes that can be utilized to improve the look and health of your greens.

 

Brushes will be best used when the desire is to stand the grass plant up vertical prior to cutting by the reel and to increase the appearance of the mower stripe on the green.

 

The brush will not remove or slice plant material like the blades of our Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC). Therefore, the use of both attachments may be the best combination, depending on the greens and turf type.

Out-front push brushOut-front push brush
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The out-front push brush is the perfect option to those customers who want to brush their greens to help the grass stand up prior to cutting, while keeping the front and rear drum in the closest set-up for ground following.

 

The brush can be adjusted to increase or decrease contact with the green and also the angle of the brush. This can help with the changing conditions on the green during the growing season. The brush also contains more bristles that enable the brush to make more grass stand up across the entire mowing width of the machines. When the brush is not in use, it is easily moved into a raised position to allow mowing without using the brush.

Standard rotary brushStandard rotary brush
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The standard brush has an exclusive helix design for mounting the bristles, similar to the blades of a reel in the cutting unit. This helix pattern of the bristles creates a more consistent turf engagement across the cutting width of the reel than straight-rowed brushes. The helix design improves the ability of the brush to stand up the grass plant without having to increase brush depth, while promoting improved striping and quality. The standard brush, with fewer bristles, will be less aggressive then the dense turf (DT) brush. The standard brush is for cool-season grasses, but can also be used in warm-season turf varieties.

Rotary DT brushRotary DT brush
Closeup view of Rotary DT brushCloseup view of Rotary DT brush

Exclusive helix bristle-mounting design maximizes turf engagement and ability to stand the grass plant up for cutting. Benefits include improved ball roll, reduced lateral growth, and increased striping for excellent after-cut appearance.

 

The (DT) brush increases the bristle count compared to the standard brush, making it more aggressive and ideal for dense-turf varieties of warm-season grasses. The helix pattern of the bristles creates a more consistent turf engagement across the cutting width of the reel than straight-rowed brushes. The helix design improves the ability of the brush to stand up the grass plant without having to increase brush depth, while promoting improved striping and consistent cut quality.

 

Additionally, all rotary brushes use our gear-driven, counter-rotating drive system. The counter-rotating of the brush improves the performance of the brush by rotating the brush in the opposite direction of travel, increasing the ability of the brush to stand up grass for cutting. This system can be turned on/off as well as raised and lowered, so you can easily choose how and when to use the brush. The counter-rotating system has been used by John Deere for over 20 years and is proven to help produce championship cut quality on some of the best courses on earth.

Speed Link™ height-of-cut system adjusts both sides of the roller at the same time

The ultimate in quick and accurate height-of-cut adjustments: The Speed Link height-of-cut adjustment system ties both sides of the front roller together, allowing technicians to make height-of-cut adjustments simply by adjusting one end of the roller.
 
How does this innovative system accomplish a one-point height-of-cut adjustment? It all starts with the worm gear drives in the front-roller castings. The worm gear system rotates via hex bolts on the side of the rear-roller castings, adjusting the roller up and down. Simply turn the gears by turning the hex adjuster on the side of the casting. Each full turn represents an adjustment of 0.001 in. (0.0254 mm).  A diagram on the side of the casting tells which direction to turn the hex bolts to raise or lower the cutting height.

But that's not all. The true secret to the system is the connecting rod that ties the worm gear systems for the roller tower together. With the connecting rod in place, turning the height-of-cut adjuster on one side automatically turns the other side by the exact same amount. This allows for adjusting the height of cut from one end of the roller, making adjustments not only quick, but with stunning precision.

 

The Speed Link connecting rod is also spring loaded, so it can be easily removed should both towers need to be adjusted independently. Once the roller is paralleled to the front roller when the cutting unit is initially set up, the Speed Link system takes over and moves each side of the roller by the same amount for a quick one-point height-of-cut adjustment.

The preferred way to adjust the cutting unit is with a variable-speed electric or air drill with a 16-mm socket attached. A drill makes the adjustment even easier by rotating the tower quickly, making height-of-cut changes a breeze.  And the connecting rod makes ensures the other side turns just as fast and just as accurately.
 
NOTE: Electric or pneumatic impact tools cannot be used to make the height-of-cut adjustment.

Specifications

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John Deere220 SL PrecisionCut™ Walk Greens Mower
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Engine
Type Air-cooled, Gas
Cycle 4-cycle
Bore and stroke 60x42 mm
2.36x1.65 in.
Piston displacement 118 cc
7.2 cu in.
Compression ratio 8:5:1
Horsepower At 3600 rpm: 2.6 kW
3.5 hp
Engine Manufacturer Net Power, Tested in accordance with SAE J1349. 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 web site for additional information.
Direction of rotation of output shaft Counterclockwise viewed from shaft side
Inclination limit Tilted up to 20 degrees in any direction
Idle speed at output shaft 1400 (+/- 150) rpm
Maximum speed at output shaft 2950 (+/- 150) rpm
Fuel
Type Regular grade unleaded or leaded
Tank capacity 2.5 L
2.7 U.S. qt
Oil
Type SAE 30 or SAE 10W-30
Capacity 0.57 L
0.6 U.S. qt
Differential drive capacity 0.35 L
0.7 pt
Cutting Equipment
Cutting width 55.9 cm
22 in.
Cutting height (minimum) Standard - 3.0 mm bedknife
Min. 3.2 mm
0.125 in.
Max. 22 mm
0.875 in.
optionOptional - 2.5 mm bedknife
Min. 2.5
0.11 in.
Max. 22 mm
0.875 in.
standardOptional - 2.0 mm bedknife
Min 2.0
0.078 in.
Max. 22 mm
0.875 in.
option
Frequency of clip standard 11 blade, 14 blade: 4.62
0.182 in.
Optional speed up kit 11 blade, 14 blade: 3.94 mm
0.155 in.
Reel
Diameter, in. (mm) 127 mm
5 in.
Number of blades 11 or 14 blade
Material Heat-treated chromium molydenum steel
Bedknife - standard
Rotary Brush and Greens Tender Conditioner (Optional)
Brush Interlocked with reel, rotation in reverse direction; 2-3/8-in. (60-mm) diameter nylon
Vertical cutter blades Specially hardened carbon tool steel; star shaped; 2-3/8-in. (60-mm) diameter, 75 blades
Adjustable brush or cutter height Brush even with height-of-cut; GTC below height-of-cut maximum: 0.8 mm
0.0313 in.
Gear drive Gear driven from reel shaft, opposite direction of reel, rotation powers brush or vertical cutter
Grass Catcher
Size 2.7 K
6 lb
Type Polyethylene
Clutches
Transport Belt tension
Reel jaw-type clutch On/off
Brush/GTC jaw-type clutch On/off
Traction drum Dual, aluminum
Traveling Device
Forward speed With transport wheels at 3000 engine rpm: 7.2 km/h
4.5 mph
Roller (rear) Aluminum, diameter: 190 mm
7.5 in.
Roller (front) (grooved or smooth) Machined steel, diameter: 50 mm
2 in.
for cutting height adjustment
Dimensions
Length (w/tires installed) 940 mm
37 in.
Width (w/tires installed) 94.6 cm
37.25 in.
Height (w/tires installed) 119 cm
47 in.
Weight (less GTC's, gear drive and transport wheel, with catcher) 99.5 kg
219 lb
Sound Levels
Operator ear 82 dBA
Measuring standard ISO 11201
Attachments installed GTCs, reels engaged
Certificate
Type ANSI B71.4-2004

Accessories and Attachments

Bedknives

Bedknife, 4.8mm Fairway - ET17532
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 2.0mm Ultra Low Cut - MT7351
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 2.5mm Tournament - ET17534
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 3.2 mm - ET17533
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 3.2 mm with Hardened Insert - ET11066
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Miscellaneous

14 Blade Reel - TCA23623
Frequency Speed Up Kit - AMT2865

For those requiring a higher frequency of clip, a kit is available through Parts that will allow a 0.160-in. frequency of clip (FOC).

Front Rotary DT Brush - BM24729
Greens Tender Conditioner - BM20566
Vertical grooming attachmentsVertical grooming attachments

Rotary brush attachment provides finer grooming:

  • Rotates opposite direction of reel to stand grass up prior to cutting
  • Helps control runners for neater appearance
  • Helps reduce grain for truer playing surface
Greens Tender Conditioner attachmentGreens Tender Conditioner attachment

Greens Tender™ Conditioner (GTC) attachment provides healthier and truer greens:

  • Slices stolons to promote new growth
  • Cleanly slices through grass and thatch to eliminate runners and control grain

The drive system for the GTC and rotary brush is a gear-drive system. The gears used are high-precision gears for easy engagement and quiet operation. 

Light Kit - BM20579

This kit positions the light well over the engine and forward to provide an excellent coverage area for early-morning or evening mowing.

  • The position of the light ensures there will be minimal shadows from the machine and grass catcher.
Push Brush - BM25531
Reel Clutch Kit - AMT2859
Rotary Brush - BM20567
Vertical grooming attachmentsVertical grooming attachments

Rotary brush attachment provides finer grooming:

  • Rotates opposite direction of reel to stand grass up prior to cutting
  • Helps control runners for neater appearance
  • Helps reduce grain for truer playing surface
Greens Tender Conditioner attachmentGreens Tender Conditioner attachment

Greens Tender™ Conditioner (GTC) attachment provides healthier and truer greens:

  • Slices stolons to promote new growth
  • Cleanly slices through grass and thatch to eliminate runners and control grain

The drive system for the GTC and rotary brush is a gear-drive system. The gears used are high-precision gears for easy engagement and quiet operation. 

Rotary Brush/Greens Tender Conditioner Drive (Rotary Brush or Greens Tender Conditioner Not Included). - BM23443
Soft Bristle Brush for Push Brush Kit (Brush only) - TCU29767
Transport Wheels and Stand - BM20578
Transport wheels with parking standTransport wheels with parking stand

Transport wheels and parking stand attachment makes moving to and from greens an easy task:

  • Parking stand allows operator to easily install and remove wheels.
  • Quick-release wheel latches and cast-iron hub ensure quick removal and installation with precision fit.

Miscellaneous

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

Rollers

(1) 22 In. 2 In. (5 cm) Diameter Hollow Smooth Roller - BM24202
(1) 22 In. 2 In. (5 cm) Diameter Machined Grooved Solid Front Roller With Solid End Caps - BM18712
Front rollersFront rollers

Choice of two front rollers for cutting-height adjustment:

  • Machined grooved
  • Machined smooth

 

Both machined front rollers have an extremely consistent round surface, which enables very precise adjustments at low heights of cut.

(1) 22 In. 2 In. (5 cm) Diameter Machined Smooth Solid Front Roller - BM18711
Front rollersFront rollers

Choice of two front rollers for cutting-height adjustment:

  • Machined grooved
  • Machined smooth

 

Both machined front rollers have an extremely consistent round surface, which enables very precise adjustments at low heights of cut.

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