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John Deere 75G, 85G Reduced Tail-Swing Excavators to G-Series

Both models feature reduced tail-swing configurations to maneuver and work around congested job sites in efficient fashion.

Mon February 10, 2014 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The John Deere 75G and 85G excavators are the latest models to join the G-Series line. Both models feature reduced tail-swing configurations to maneuver and work around congested job sites in efficient fashion. The machines feature a wide variety of improvements, to increase visibility, operator comfort and productivity, according to the manufacturer.

“The 75G and 85G were designed to handle a variety of jobs, including landscaping, light residential excavating, site development or underground work,” said Mark Wall, product marketing manager of excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Their compact size and pinpoint metering combined with the reduced tail-swing design allow the machines to rotate freely within a small radius, increasing productivity in confined spaces and around obstacles.”

The 75G and 85G boast a 53 hp (39.6 kW) Final Tier IV diesel engine outfitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that cleans automatically without impacting the machines’ productivity. The FT4 design is based on John Deere’s IT4 strategy that has a track record of reliability.

Optional rubber track pads or heavy-duty rubber belts let the new models work on paved surfaces and even cross curbs without causing damage. Numerous track-widths, arm, bucket, and other options allow contractors to customize the excavator to the way they work. The 85G brings additional maneuverability to the job site with an independent swing boom that allows contractors to work closer to curbs, around structures, or in the midst of traffic.

Like all G-Series excavators, the 75G and 85G include an operation environment with spacious, comfortable cabs and easy-to-use enhanced LCD monitors. A simple turn and tap of the rotary dial allow operators to select work mode, access to operating info, check maintenance intervals, source diagnostic codes, adjust cab temperature and tune the radio. The cab includes a fabric-covered adjustable suspension seat with ample legroom. The wide expanse of front and side glass, narrow front cab posts, large tinted overhead hatch, and numerous mirrors provide all-around visibility.

Two productivity modes (power and economy) allow the operator to choose the digging style that fits the task at hand. Power delivers a balance of speed and fuel economy for general excavating and economy reduces engine speed and noise to help save fuel during lighter digging jobs.

Another benefit of the 75G and 85G is the ability to reduce daily operating costs. Daily and periodic maintenance is quick, easy and convenient. Large hinged doors provide wide-open access to service items and lube banks, filters, and checkpoints are grouped together for added convenience. Large fuel tanks and 500- and 5,000-hour engine and hydraulic oil-service intervals decrease downtime and expense.

Fleet managers, owners or operators looking to get the most out of their equipment can rely on John Deere WorkSight, a comprehensive, easy-to-use suite of technology available for increasing uptime and productivity while lowering operating costs, according to the manufacturer.

For more information, visit John Deere at

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