December 2016 Vol. 71 No. 12

New Products

John Deere Updates Excavator, Intros Utility Wheel Loaders

The latest John Deere equipment to be updated to meet the needs of today’s contractors includes the production-class 470G LC excavator and K Series-II utility wheel loaders.

The 367-horsepower 470G LC now comes fully loaded with an EPA Final Tier 4 13.5L diesel engine and automatically cleaning diesel particulate filter (DPF). It also incorporates customer-inspired and productivity-boosting features, such as a comfortable and spacious cab, and enhanced LCD monitor with simplified navigation. In addition, optional 2D/3D grade guidance sensor-mounting brackets enable customers to install their preferred aftermarket grade-control system.

With a DPF that can go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal, and engine and hydraulic oil sample ports that allow for convenient, proactive maintenance checks, the 470G LC offers contractors a durable solution for earth moving, pipeline and other projects.

John Deere has also introduced the 524K-II, 544K-II and 624K-II utility-class wheel loaders with improved fuel economy of up to 10 percent for increased productivity and reduced downtime.

The updated lineup offers new standard five-speed transmissions with optimized gear ratio changes. When paired with the John Deer PowerTech EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4)/EU Stage IV diesel engines, the wheel loaders enable operators to work in any environment, even in nonattainment areas.

The PowerTech engine delivers impressive torque – 130 horsepower (524K-II), 163 horsepower (544K-II) and 624K-II 186 horsepower (624K-II) – to help sustain stable boom and bucket speed in and out of the pile for heaped loads, even in wet or hard-packed material. Featuring reduced engine RPM during high fuel usage operations, the wheel loaders have excavator-style hydraulics that sense loads and deliver the flow needed for smooth combined functions and fast work cycles. The K-II series also offers increased hydraulic pump displacement to accommodate lower engine speeds.

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