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Deere Series II ADTs Feature Onboard Weighing System

Fri November 20, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

John Deere’s four new Series II articulated dump trucks (ADTs), feature onboard weighing systems, tire pressure monitoring systems, and a host of control and cab changes designed to enhance comfort and productivity.

All D-Series models are six-wheel-drive units that provide traction in demanding conditions. They are designed for maximum productivity, increased uptime and low daily operating costs, particularly in fuel efficiency, with Tier III-certified engines ranging from 265 to 413 hp (197 to 308 kW).

Onboard Weighing System

Onboard weighing systems are standard equipment on Deere D-Series II ADTs. They give operators overload protection, with mirror-mounted lights that alert the loading operator when the truck is nearing capacity. The payload weight information also is available through JDLink so owners and equipment managers can monitor truck utilization far away from the job site.

“The onboard weighing system helps the operator manage his productivity and uptime,” said John Chesterman, product marketing manager of ADTs, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “You can monitor material moved data right from your desktop via the information transmitted through JDLink. This helps in calculating machine utilization and managing a project.”

“Because John Deere ADTs already have a significant weight advantage and the lowest ground pressure among the top five ADT manufacturers, Deere trucks burn less fuel, particularly in high time-on-grade applications and poor underfoot conditions,” Chesterman said.

A fully automatic transmission with an integrated transmission retarder has improved transmission shift performance, allowing quicker acceleration out of the loading area for faster cycle times, along with decreased fuel consumption.

The tire pressure monitoring system lets the operator keep track of tire pressure from the seat, eliminating guesswork and time out of the cab. The owner also can monitor tire pressures from his desktop since all of the tire information is available via JDLink.

Cab and Control Changes

John Deere D-Series II ADT cabs have been updated with a modern, comfortable and convenient design, with lower sound levels and a heated air suspension seat standard. The Series II ADTs feature push-button start and stop with a standard turbo cool-down timer. To help owners reduce costs, these trucks have programmable auto-shutdown timers to save fuel, reduce noise and minimize engine use at times when the trucks are not doing productive work.

Taking fleet management even further, Series II ADTs come with JDLink Ultimate standard.

An updated 25-button sealed switch module with integrated transmission and dump body controls makes the units easier to operate and ensures switch durability.

All John Deere ADTs feature fabricated, heavy-duty frames, axle housings and articulation joints for lower truck weights and reliable performance. The ribbed body design increases strength yet contributes to low ground pressure. The structure also is engineered to ensure a best-in-class frontal approach angle, according to the manufacturer.

Deere ADTs also have ground level fueling.

The 250D and 300D have dry disc brakes and axles with limited slip differentials, while the 350D and 400D have controlled traction differentials and wet disc brakes standard.

“Building and site prep contractors, quarries, and road builders are going to find Series II ADTs have the fuel efficiency, productivity, durability and reliability to keep them more productive at a lower cost per ton,” Chesterman said.

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