John Deere offers new technology and equipment upgrades to excavator line

by Jon M. Casey

John Deere unveiled their new Integrated Grade Guidance system on 210G LC model excavators, a system that will be available on the 350G LC and 470G LC models in 2019. This news came in conjunction with a number of other value-added improvements to their 13 to 47-ton range of equipment at the company’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on May 17, 2018. In all, six new features on 11 excavator models will help owners and operators work more effectively, more safely and more profitably.

According to Jonathan Spendlove, excavator product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry, new improvements include John Deere’s Powerwise Plus technology, which provides on demand performance and improved fuel economy. JD Excavators will be equipped with an adjustable rotary pre-cleaner that keeps the engine pulling in clean air when working in harsh conditions. To benefit the operator, they have made what they call best-in-class updates to the cab. These include the addition of a USB port, high-visibility orange seatbelt and an optional, air-suspension leather seat. The seat is also available in an optional heated/cooled version.

Other convenient features include the addition of a single pedal propel system that gives operators the ability to track machines in a straight line without needing to articulate both hand and foot pedals. There is a standard pattern control switch which is now located behind the cab. Outside, deluxe LED lights front and back, make working at night and in low-light conditions, easier and more productive.

Grade Guidance Technology

“Customers want to manage grade from inside the cab, quickly and accurately on precision excavation projects,” said Spendlove. “Integrated grade guidance on the 210G LC comes ready for the customer to put it to work, is fully supported by their John Deere dealer, and will enable them to rapidly achieve final grade using only the display in the operator’s station.”

The integrated grade guidance displays the elevation and position of the bucket cutting edge with respect to a target plane (2D) or design surface (3D). Factory integration and calibration ensure the machine arrives on the jobsite ready to work, and puts grade guidance at the customer’s fingertips. JDLink™ integration provides information on system utilization and allows rapid diagnosis of problems.

The grade guidance system provides operators with information on the bucket’s location with respect to a 2D reference or 3D design surface and is ideal for digging trenches for pipe, shaping ditches or slopes, or digging structure foundations. The system was developed in cooperation with Topcon.

John Deere-Hitachi President, Jonathan Chase, said John Deere has formed strategic alliances with HCSS Innovative Software, Topcon, Verizon Connect, LHP Telematics and Foresight® Intelligence to create a lineup of technology-based products that their dealers can offer equipment customers. They call this package Ultimate Uptime™. Ultimate Uptime™ is designed to help equipment owners manage their fleets better and to keep equipment operational with less downtime. It includes John Deere WorkSight™ and is features JDLink™ Ultimate telematics. With the addition of, Integrated Grade Guidance Technology, this high-tech package is virtually complete. For additional information and model-specific specifications, contact a local John Deere dealer or visit .

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