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Two New Skid Steers Designed to Save Time, Money

Sun October 28, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Two new additions to the John Deere skid steer family — the 313 and 315 — are compact and maneuverable, yet powerful with rated operating capacities of 1,300 and 1,500 lbs. (590 and 680 kg). Features such as 10- by 16.5-in. (25 by 42 cm) tires for traction and flotation, heavy-duty drive chains that never need adjusting, and enhanced visibility provide outstanding safety while operating in tight spaces.

Key market segments for the 313 and 315 include building and site development, landscaping, underground, road building and agricultural applications.

These new models have standard machine widths of 59 in. (150 cm) — a key width for working in the tightest areas like confined backyards or moving snow on sidewalks. If desired, they can be reduced to just 56 in. (142 cm) with available 7- by 15-in. (18 by 38 cm) tires.

“These two machines are loaded with a host of features that provide productivity, maximum uptime and low daily operating costs — they’re specifically designed to save an owner valuable time and money,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction Forestry Division.

Enhanced Productivity, Performance

A key feature of the 313 and 315 is the radial lift boom. The bucket rests close to the machine when in the down position and swings forward for great reach in the “work zone” — the 4 to 5 ft. (1.2 to 1.5 m) range. Cushioned bucket and lift cylinders provide smooth deceleration at the end of the boom lower position, also cushioning the bucket when curling and dumping a load. This feature provides less noise and reduced material spillage in any operation.

The 60-40 weight distribution provides balance of power and maneuverability, while 360-degree visibility offers uninterrupted views to the sides, both above and below the lift arms, so the operator can see the tires and ground around the machine with the boom in the rest position. The low-sloped rear hood provides rear visibility, even on a radial lift-style machine.

These machines are equipped with a John Deere PowerTech 4024T four-cylinder 2.4-L engine rated at 2,400 rpm for smooth operation, low noise and maximum fuel efficiency. The engine provides massive torque and torque-rise performance for superior engine-lugging capability while working heavy loads.

Automatic shutdown control is standard equipment on these models to prevent overheating or running low on fluids. Also standard are auto-preheat, job clock and low fuel warning features.

Convenience and Safety

The operator station is designed with the operator in mind, for optimum comfort, visibility and functionality. A wide opening makes it easy to enter and exit. Standard features include a high-back ergonomic and adjustable seat with armrests. The standard monitor includes an anti-theft system and backlit gauges, switches and LED warning lights.

Also included are a digital hour meter, glove-friendly rocker switches and a large LCD panel for easy viewing. The optional power Quik-Tatch system provides attachment engagement-disengagement form the operator’s seat at the push of a button.

Standard convenience features include cargo storage for a cell phone and other small items, interior dome lighting, a 12-volt receptacle and a cup holder. For extra comfort, an optional heated cab is available.

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