CARY, N.C. – John Deere recently unleashed its most performance-driven Gator utility vehicles yet. Targeted toward outdoor adventurists, the 2011 lineup of Crossover Utility Vehicles is packed with advanced features that deliver balance between work and recreation.
The 825i boasts 50 horsepower and is the highest powered engine in its class with low-end torque for taking on even the toughest tasks, trails and terrain. The 812cc inline three-cylinder engine features dual overhead cams and electronic fuel injection.
“The 825i can also travel at speeds up to 44 mph,” says David Gigandet, tactical marketing manager, utility vehicles. “This is the fastest Gator we’ve ever built and this is an example of the commitment we’ve made to provide top-of-the-line XUVs for outdoor enthusiasts.”
All the new Gator XUV models have a completely redesigned front and rear independent suspension system that delivers a superior ride through rough terrain. The new models are designed for less body roll and superior side-hill stability with either no load or maximum cargo. All the models have a new braking system that improves performance over previous models.
The models come in three finishes: olive and black, Realtree Hardwoods HD Camo or traditional John Deere green and yellow. All models are available exclusively through the John Deere dealer network and online.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart, will work with a finance company to offer loans of up to $25,000 to small businesses. It's the latest in the company's move into the world of finance.
When Wal-Mart applied for a bank charter a few years ago, regulators said no. A charter would have allowed Wal-Mart to take deposits and make loans.
But that rejection hasn't stopped the company from significantly expanding its financial offerings.
The actual lending in the new program will be done by Superior Financial Group, a federally regulated lender. But Sam's Club is promoting the loans, and members will get a discount on the application fee and on the interest rate.
And Sam's Club may expand the types of loans it offers through third parties, the New York Times reported over the weekend.
Sam's Club is a membership-based warehouse store, like Costco, and makes about half of its money from small businesses. Wal-Mart has also been expanding its finance offerings in its retail business.
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WEST FARGO, N.D. – The new Bobcat rock buckets make quick and easy work of removing objects from the soil and are ideal for contractors and landscapers preparing or clearing land or for farmers and homeowners working on their property.
“Bobcat rock buckets are great for removing rocks, sorting or sifting materials and removing debris. The tines allow you to retain the stones and debris, while the soil sifts through, helping you separate the material,” says Chris Knipfer, Bobcat attachment product specialist.
The Bobcat rock bucket is designed to last in tough working conditions. The tines are fully gusseted on each side and interconnected to one another to provide strength and durability. The skeletal design of the rock bucket means the cutting edge of the attachment is always visible to the operator.
To use the buckets, operators submerge the tines below the grade and object. When the bucket is raised back up, the object stays in the bucket while the loose material falls through the tines, causing minimal disturbance to the ground.
Bobcat rock buckets are available in four sizes: 62-, 68-, 74- and 82-inch widths. The rock buckets are approved for use on Bobcat skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders, all-wheel steer loaders, Toolcat utility work machines and the V417 VersaHandler telescopic tool carrier.
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