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John Deere Adds to G-Series Hydraulic Excavator Line

Wed April 18, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

John Deere has introduced two customer-inspired excavators (160G LC and 210G LC) models that build on the G-Series class.

“The G-Series models provide impressive arm force, bucket force and lift capacity for applications such as stockpiling overburden, excavating basements, loading trucks, or placing pipe,” said Mark Wall, product marketing manager of excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “These new easily transportable units provide contractors big productivity in a mid-size package.”

Each of the new G-Series excavators feature rugged, field-proven IT4/EU Stage IIIB John Deere PowerTech diesel engines, enabling operators to work anywhere jobs are available, including non-attainment areas. The horsepower of these models is 121 hp (90 kW) for the 160G LC and 159 hp (157 kW) for the 210G LC.

Focusing on operator comfort, John Deere redesigned the G-Series cab to be more spacious with a larger entryway and extra legroom. Silicone-filled mounts effectively isolate operators from noise and vibration, affording a noticeably quieter cab. Contractors also will appreciate the fabric-covered high-back seat, unsurpassed all-around visibility, low-effort joysticks, a highly efficient HVAC system, and numerous other amenities to help with productivity, according to the manufacturer. There is no shortage of storage options either. There’s a place for a cooler, cup holders, and a hot/cold box that keeps beverages at just the right temperature.

John Deere also enhanced the multi-language LCD control monitor in the cab to simplify navigation. Now the operator can easily access a wealth of machine information and functionality with a tap and turn of the monitor’s rotary control.

Operators have quick access to information such as engine rpm and oil temperature, and they can easily check maintenance intervals, adjust cab temperature, tune the radio and select productivity modes.

The G-Series come equipped with a Powerwise III hydraulic management system that yields pinpoint metering and smooth, low-effort control. The Powerwise III perfectly balances engine performance and hydraulic flow for predictable operation.

Three productivity modes (high-productivity, power, economy) allow an operator to choose the digging style that fits the task at hand. High-productivity delivers more power and faster hydraulic response to move material. Power delivers a balance of power, speed and fuel economy for normal application and economy reduces top speed and helps save fuel. In addition, a “power boost” button on the right hand control provides extra muscle to drive through tough digging conditions.

The hydraulically driven, highly efficient fan at the heart of the excavators’ cooling system also runs only as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption and operating costs. The cooling system keeps things running cool, even in high-trash environments and high altitude. An operator-activated reversing option back-blows cooler cores to keep them clean and free of debris.

John Deere’s engine technology is simple, fuel efficient, fully integrated and fully supported by the nationwide Deere dealer network. It uses field-proven cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) for reducing NOx emissions, and a diesel particulate filter and a diesel oxidation catalyst to reduce particular matter. Periodic active and passive filter cleaning automatically cleans the filter without the operator having to stop the machine and impact productivity.

Like all John Deere machines, the G-Series are loaded with features that make them hassle-free to maintain. Large, easy-to-open service doors and easy-access service points make quick work of the daily routine. Remote-mounted vertical oil and fuel filters and extended engine and hydraulic oil-change intervals minimize maintenance too. In addition, the machine information center (MIC), LCD monitor and fluid-sample ports help with timely decisions about machine upkeep.

For those fleet managers, owners or operators looking to get the most out of their equipment, a standard three-year subscription of JDLink continuously collects and transmits machine data for machine management. The system enables timely preventive maintenance and remote diagnostics, as well as the coordination of machines working on multiple jobsites to get the right machine to the right place at the right time.

The 160G LC and 210G LC are available with a variety of track widths, arm lengths, buckets and other options.

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