John Deere Launches New John Deere L-Series Backhoes
Apr 16 15
Deere & Company has launched the new John Deere L-Series backhoes. The new John Deere L-Series backhoes build on the distinguished performance of its K-Series predecessors. The new series offers improvements on features that John Deere customers have come to know and trust, plus the addition of several new ones, to increase uptime, provide exceptional productivity and lower daily operating costs. The L-Series lineup boasts six new dynamic and efficient models - the 310L EP, 310L, 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L. Built in John Deere's world-class facility in Dubuque, Iowa, the L-Series backhoes are designed for a variety of jobs, including: loading trucks, placing pipe, digging trenches, moving materials or tearing up asphalt. The L-Series meets present emission regulations through a rugged Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV PowerTech Plus diesel engine on the 310L (93 hp), 310SL (99 hp), 310SL HL (110 hp), 315SL (99 hp) and 410L (113 hp), and a certified IT4/Stage III B John Deere PowerTech engine on the 310L EP (70 hp). The 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L boast a five-speed PowerShift transmission for smooth on-the- go clutchless gear changes with speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h). The Autoshift option uses the fuel efficiency advantage of direct drive and lock-up torque convertor transmissions and automatically selects the best gear for a specific load. The 310SL HL heavy-lift backhoe is a prime example of the customer feedback process. It's a new addition to the John Deere lineup that boasts significantly more craning capability at the push of a button. Along with the 410L, the 310SL HL can deliver up to 25% more backhoe-lift capacity under normal conditions than comparable K-Series models. Utilizing the sealed-switch module (SSM), operators can get an additional 10% -15% boost through the new Lift Mode feature. Engine RPM is automatically set at 1,400 and the machine maximizes hydraulic pressure for increased craning capability. The addition of pressure-compensated load-sensing (PCLS) hydraulics allows for superb multifunction operation. The 310SL HL delivers all the advantages of PCLS hydraulics in the 14-15 foot digging-depth category, enabling operator efficiency and productivity through improved multifunction control. Operators will find comfort in the cab, which features extra legroom and a more comfortable seat, which leads to easier rotation between loader and backhoe operation. Redesigned pilot towers feature fingertip electrohydraulic (EH) controls to provide easier operation. A multifunction lever on the steering column controls turn signals, wipers, lights - just like that of a car or truck, allowing the operator to maintain line of sight to the front of the machine while operating in the loader position. A new "palm-on-top" loader-control grip enables control of clutch disconnect, quick shift, auxiliary proportional roller and momentary front-wheel drive. In addition, the L-Series boasts improved diagnostics with multi-language monitor. Operators can program a multitude of time-specific functions such as auto shutdown and auto idle. Other enhanced L-Series creature comforts include an efficient HVAC system, adjustable mechanical or air-suspension seat, lower and larger steps for easier entry and egress, a new lighting scheme with optional LED lighting kit to enhance visibility and extend the workday and an elevated canopy for better visibility to both the front and rear of the backhoe. All backhoes also have the option to add premium radio with Bluetooth auxiliary input and XM Satellite Radio capability. An optional Auto Ride control field kit is based on an adjustable ground speed setting for the 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L. It automatically engages or disengages the machine's loader hydraulics to act as a shock absorber, creating a smoother ride for the operator and reducing spillage from the loader bucket. The John Deere L-Series backhoes come standard with Economy mode, saving fuel in many applications. When activated, maximum engine RPM is limited in both loader and backhoe operations. A variable-speed electronically-controlled fan automatically speeds up or slows down, operating only as needed to keep things cool, helping conserve power and fuel while reducing noise. L-Series backhoes also boast the benefits of unsurpassed reliability and uptime. Same-side ground-level service points help speed daily checks. Other common sense features such as quick-change filters, extended service intervals, simple-to-read sight gauges and easy-access grease points help increase uptime and lower daily operating costs. Additionally, stacked-assembly coolers are hinged and tilt away from the radiator for convenient core cleanout.
Deere & Company Enhances 9R/9RT Scraper Special Series Tractor Lineup
Apr 13 15
Deere & Company has announced that it is enhancing its 9R/9RT Scraper Special Series Tractor lineup and adding its new model to date, the 9620R. The four wheel models and three tracked models vaunt increases in horsepower, feature the fuel saving Efficiency Manager and the exclusive HydraCushion suspension system, as well as boast industry leading hydraulic flow - all in an effort to increase productivity, uptime, and lower operating costs in earthmoving applications. The 9570R (570 hp), 9570RT (570 hp), and the 9620R (620 hp) feature a Cummins QSX15 Final Tier 4 diesel engine, while the 9470R (470 hp), 9470RT (470 hp), 9520R (520 hp), and 9520RT (520 hp) are equipped with a John Deere PowerTech 13.5L PSS Final Tier 4 engine. These new models include industry leading flow (115 GPM) for increased hydraulic response when operating multiple scrapers. The updated scraper tractors continue to utilize the most impactful feature of the 9R tractors, Efficiency Manager. This advanced feature automatically adjusts and matches the performance of the engine and transmission to maintain ground speed with the lowest RPMs to dramatically reduce operator fuel consumption. A HydraCushion suspension is a John Deere exclusive available on all 9R series wheeled scraper tractors and offers contractors the ability to virtually eliminate road lope associated with high transport speeds typically seen on haul roads. By eliminating the lope from the ride, both loaded and empty cycle times can increase, thus adding directly to the bottom line. To further enhance ride quality and stability in high-speed transport where these tractors typically operate, all 9R wheeled scraper tractors have a 17 inch increase in their wheelbase. To accommodate higher horsepower and larger loads, the 9R tractors' front frame strength was increased by 10% and the rear frame assembly strength by 30%.
Deere & Company Introduces New L-Series Skidders
Apr 10 15
Deere & Company has introduced the new L-Series Skidders. To design the L-Series Skidders, John Deere collected invaluable input from loggers and dealers around the world to form Customer and Dealer Advocacy Groups (CAG and DAG). The CAG and DAG provided real-world insights on what loggers need in a skidder to be successful. Engineers then devoted 250,000 hours designing prototypes based on these fresh ideas, and continued to refine the machines until they got them exactly right. In the forest, uptime is the name of the game, and the L-Series Skidders have several innovative features that deliver more uptime at a lower cost that will help loggers reach new levels of productivity like never before This smart approach to meeting emission regulations optimizes performance, is fluid efficient and doesn't compromise on power, reliability or ease of operation. The transition to a Final Tier 4 engine also means the introduction of new John Deere designed Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) and drivetrain. This enables a constant engine speed, reducing engine wear while ensuring excellent fluid economy. What this means for loggers is there is no need to shift gears. The operator sets his or her desired speed range and then lets the CVT transmission select the most efficient operating point. This allows the operator to focus on production and safety versus shifting gears. Additional CVT highlights include: It works with the engine operating at a constant speed, which provides better engine efficiency, as well as improving durability; Constant engine speed enables more robust and consistent hydraulic, cooling and electrical system performance as they are always running at their designed speeds; and Delivers the smoothness and operating ease of a hydrostatic transmission with the fuel efficiency of a torque converter. All L-Series Skidders feature more robust heavy-duty axles, including a rugged new Outboard-Extreme axle (standard on the 848L and 948L, optional on the 748L) that sets a new standard for reliability. These heavy-duty axles improve machine durability and extend life - with life expectancy up to 15,000 hours. Additional features that increase machine durability include: Tougher grapples that feature box-style tongs for maximum strength and harder wear surfaces for long life. This design also simplifies service as components are easier to access; Straight bushings with grease-thru pins at all grapple, arch, boom and blade joints deliver longer, trouble-free life and are easier to replace; More durable components include a beefier roller-bearing articulation joint that has been designed for longer life. Arch hoses have been routed inside the arch where they are better-protected and easier to access for fast repair. John Deere ForestSight and Ultimate Uptime are also available as an option on all L-Series machines. This integrated suite of technology solutions brings the machine, technology and the dealer together to help loggers better manage their equipment and operations with fast, accurate remote diagnostics, rapid service response and on-demand dealer support. The L-Series Skidders boast significantly more horsepower, stability and grapple options for superb responsiveness and steady multifunction performance. These new larger grapples - up to a massive 22.3 sq. ft. on the 948L - gives loggers more flexibility to configure a skidder to best match their application. A newly designed arch and boom configuration also provides a better view to the grapple for easier and more efficient operation. The new operator station on all L-Series machines was designed by loggers for loggers. The cab is 25% roomier and more than 50% quieter than John Deere's previous models. Other fatigue beating comforts include a more efficient HVAC system, more ergonomic controls and plenty of storage space. Finally, an optional rotating seat with joystick steering helps reduce strain on the back and neck for less fatigue.