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 G-Series 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, 320G and 324G) to more than 75 hp (330G and 332G).
Rounding out the G-Series portfolio this year, the new 320G and 324G skid steers boast a 69- to 74-hp range to deliver increased performance and higher pushing power. All three models are capable of loading a 10-ft sidewall dump truck or hopper, helping operators reach new heights in a medium-sized package. Like their large frame counterparts, the mid-frame G-Series models offer flexible control choices, allowing contractors to choose between standard manual foot, (EH) ISO joystick controls, performance package options switchable between ISO- and H-patterns controls and also for adjusting drive system response, boom and bucket speeds or for setting creep mode on demand.
The 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 Tier 4 Final 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. 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 small-frame models (312GR-318G) include: two 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 and 318G provides all-around visibility with clear sight lines both above and below the boom to enable easier grading in tight spaces. 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.
Every John Deere machine comes with a level of comfort through its full machine standard warranty, promising to fix any defects in materials or worksmanship for two years after delivery or 2,000 hours.
Advice to Buyers
“Operators are continually searching for new ways to increase jobsite productivity, and manufacturers are introducing new technologies to meet these needs,” says Gregg Zupancic, John Deere product marketing manager for skid steers and compact track loaders. “New capabilities like the automation of return-to-dig and ready-to-carry machine positions can help trim cycle times and speed production during repetitive tasks.”