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Deere 75D Sports Auto-Idle Feature to Conserve Fuel

Tue July 15, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

John Deere’s 75D mid-sized hydraulic excavator with conventional boom and reduced tail swing weighs in at 17,637 lbs. (8,000 kg), has a 15-ft. (4.6 m), 1-in. (2.54 cm) dig depth and is practical for light residential, site development, underground and landscaping duties.

“This excavator’s reduced tail swing and 360-degree rotation enable it to get into tight spaces,” said Mark Wall, excavator product marketing manager of John Deere. “Once you’re there, its power and precision take over.”


The 75D has a 54-net hp (40 kW) diesel certified to EPA Interim Tier IV emission standards and Deere’s Powerwise engine/hydraulic management system that maximizes power output, saves fuel and delivers smooth, multifunction operation, according to the manufacturer.

“If you’re a small contractor or landscaper who needs pinpoint metering for control yet a lot of production in a highly maneuverable, fuel-efficient package, the 75D is a great unit,” Wall said. “Generous hydraulic flow and increased swing torque will help you load more trucks and open more trench.”

Big productivity doesn’t mean more fuel consumption. The excavator’s “E” working mode can save fuel by running more efficiently compared to the previous model’s “P” mode, while providing similar production. An auto-idle feature helps make the most out of every drop of fuel.

Drawbar pull delivers power for backfilling trenches or maneuvering around the job site. Lift height and reach make truck loading easy, even on trucks with high sideboards. An optional control pattern selector valve changes from backhoe- to excavator-style controls with just a twist.

Optional rubber tracks allow the unit to cross driveways and sidewalks without damage, which is ideal for landscaping and utility jobs on existing properties.

A pilot-control operated box-constructed integral blade is a powerful performer for grading and backfilling, according to the manufacturer.

Comfort and Uptime

Operators can be more productive in the 75D excavator due to the easy-to-enter, comfortable cab. The spacious, isolation-mounted well-appointed cab offers substantial, virtually unrestricted visibility and ergonomically arranged controls. Machine operations can be monitored with ease on the intuitive, multifunction LCD screen. Automatic climate control, AM/FM radio, and a deluxe-suspension multiposition seat also are included.

Tungsten-carbide coated surfaces and oil-impregnated boom, arm and bucket bushings deliver long-term durability. Large, easy-to-open service doors provide access to dipsticks, sight gauges, and spin-on vertical engine and hydraulic filters for simple daily and periodic servicing.

“When daily servicing is easy to do, that service is more likely to get done, leading to increased uptime and lower daily operating costs,” Wall said. “Large fuel tanks and 500 and 5,000-hour engine and hydraulic oil-service intervals enable the 75D to work longer between stops for scheduled service, too.”

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