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New Gators join John Deere lineup

The 845 and 874 models offer precision ag upgrades that let farmers mark boundaries with their Gator.

Andy Castillo

July 11, 2024

2 Min Read
John Deere Gator XUV 845 with sprayer attachment
READY TO ROLL: This John Deere Gator XUV 845 pulls a sprayer attachment.John Deere

John Deere has a new versatile gas Gator XUV 845 and diesel Gator XUV 875. The utility vehicles are slightly bigger, with a larger and more versatile cargo box, and added comfort and convenience elements. They are designed to help growers and ranchers improve productivity in a variety of jobs around the farm.

The new vehicles “are built with farmers for farmers,” said Eric Halfman, John Deere’s go-to-market manager for Gator utility vehicles in a statement. “We worked with farmers across the U.S. and Canada to make this machine more versatile for all the work they do on the farm.”

Improvements include reliability, sound quality due to a new exhaust system, a new CVT air intake and exhaust to pull cleaner air and protect the system from debris, and a relocated air intake. The intake was raised by about a foot so that it can draw air from the best location to protect the engine.

Precision ag upgrades

They’re also ready for precision ag. Each can be customized with a factory-installed GreenStar display and a StarFire receiver. All of the needed brackets and wiring to support installation are included from the factory. A JDLink modem will also be included, enabling the Gator to be integrated into the John Deere Operations Center. The upgrades will let farmers use their Gator to draw digital boundaries.

“This technology package gives farmers a plug-and-play solution for adding precision ag components to the Gator,” Halfman said. “The Gator XUV 845 and Gator XUV 875 make tasks such as boundary and field mapping, tile mapping, and other similar tasks easier to complete with a smaller, more nimble machine at a lower operating cost.”

A new bracket for the integrated technology offers more control and less effort for the operator. An added switch bank features switches for the AutoTrac Resume, ISO implement connector and display. The new on-off switches provide more control of implements such as sprayers and displays.

Additional features of new cargo box include:

  • added width to increase capacity and reduce mud sling

  • 12 SAE power port

  • five divider slots on the side and three at the front to hold items

  • ability to create a second level of storage

  • redesigned tailgate with a flat work surface, ruler, V-groove for cutting pipe, anti-gravity pockets, bump stops and cup holders

  • integrated clamping points to secure items

  • fold-flat tie-downs

  • tie-down pockets

  • four stake pockets for tools

  • mountable utility rack option

To learn more about the John Deere Gator XUV 845 and Gator XUV 875 utility vehicles, visit or contact your local John Deere dealer.

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About the Author(s)

Andy Castillo

Andy Castillo started his career in journalism about a decade ago as a television news cameraperson and producer before transitioning to a regional newspaper covering western Massachusetts, where he wrote about local farming.

Between military deployments with the Air Force and the news, he earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Bay Path University, building on the English degree he earned from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He's a multifaceted journalist with a diverse skill set, having previously worked as an EMT and firefighter, a nightclub photographer, caricaturist, features editor at the Greenfield Recorder and a writer for GoNomad Travel. 

Castillo splits his time between the open road and western Massachusetts with his wife, Brianna, a travel nurse who specializes in pediatric oncology, and their rescue pup, Rio. When not attending farm shows, Castillo enjoys playing music, snowboarding, writing, cooking and restoring their 1920 craftsman bungalow.

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