Eight Units from the Popular Construction, Landscape and Ag Brand
Over the years, John Deere has improved each generation of skid steer from its original 24 Model to the current state-of-the-art lineup, which, despite their compact size, can handle tasks that were once reserved for larger equipment.
John Deere’s lineup of skid steers range in size and power from under 50 hp (312GR and 314G) to 50 to 75 hp (316GR, 318G, 320E and 324E) to more than 75 hp (330G and 332G).
The small-frame models (312GR-318G) include: three vertical- and two radial-lift options; big reliability and serviceability; and customer-requested features aimed at improving operator and machine productivity and uptime and lowering daily operating costs. The vertical-lift design on the 314G, 318G and 317G provides all-around visibility with clear sight lines both above and below the boom to enable easier grading in tight spaces, plus the low-profile rear-hood design expands rear views. The radial-lift option used on the 312GR and 316GR offers an exclusive one-person boom lockout system for safety that can be activated from within the cab. The lift system is designed for lower maintenance and optimal digging performance and is ideal when more reach is needed at mid-range lift heights — such as dumping over a foundation wall, backfilling or loading a flatbed trailer. These machines are also ideal for work in small areas or indoor operations.
The recently introduced G-Series large-frame models make big jobs feel small, says John Deere, with impressive specs and productivity-enhancing features to tackle the toughest tasks. Powered by smooth-running, turbocharged Final Tier 4 engines, the 91-gross-hp 330G and 100-gross-hp 332G meet rigid emissions standards while packing plenty of power and torque. The unique boom design keeps loads close to the machine with a low center of gravity and optional self-leveling controls. At a maximum operating capacity of 3,600 lbs, a height-to-hinge pine of 11 ft enables operators to easily load tandem-axle dump trucks, feed mixers and fill hoppers. Best-in-class visibility gets even better with an optional rearview camera that displays the action behind on an upfront monitor and an optional LED lighting package that provides front and side illumination for extended days and after-dark tasks. The EH controls are available for ISO, H and foot patterns, and the operator now has the option to switch between all three controls.
All models are compatible with more than 100 available Worksite Pro attachments for optimal jobsite performance.
Advice to Buyers
“What control pattern do you prefer? John Deere is the only manufacturer that offers an option that allows an operator to switch between all three industry control patterns of operation in one machine,” says Gregg Zupancic, John Deere product marketing manager for skid steers and compact track loaders. “With the EH Switchable Controls option, operators can choose from using foot pedals to control loader and bucket operations or switch to ISO pattern controls [drive with left joystick, loader/bucket with right joystick]. They can also choose H-pattern mode [drive with right and left joysticks fore/aft and loader control with left joysticks/bucket with the right joystick in and out].”
John Deere Worldwide Construction and Forestry Div.
P.O. Box 8806, Moline, IL 61266
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Tags: 2017 Spec Guide- Skid Steers, John Deere, July/August 2017 Print Issue