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Product roundup: John Deere L-Series backhoe lineup sees updates
Beth Hyatt | July 12, 2017
john deere backhoe at work

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John Deere has updated its L-Series backhoe lineup, and the company says it will enhance the productivity and uptime for professionals looking to lift more and multitask on the jobsite.

Key updates to the backhoe include enhanced pilot controllers, redesigned hydraulic thumb, two new rear quick coupler offerings and the introduction of precision mode.

“Our L-Series lineup is popular among utility contractors in the Americas, and we’re constantly working with fleet managers, owners and operators to make machine tweaks with a focus on increasing productivity and uptime,” said Brian Hennings, product marketing manager, backhoes loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “These backhoes can do multiple jobs, and now was the perfect time to make a few updates to improve the overall operator experience after launching these versatile machines two years ago.”

The company says that precision mode, a standard feature on the 310SL HL, 410L and 710L, allows reduced-speed hydraulic functions while operating the backhoe end of the machine. This can all be done, John Deere says, with the push of a button on the Sealed Switch Module (SSM).

John Deere says this mode allows accurate, detailed work to be performed easily in tight areas, around utilities or while craning. The company says it also helps new operators become comfortable with the backhoe as they master their operating skills.

The pilot controller is also improved with an increase in the metering range by 16 percent, which the company says enhances operator feel at the control help. John Deere also adds that its engineers enhanced consistency between deceleration and acceleration functions for smoother operation and reduced system oscillation.

Designed with an integrated control that is incorporated into the SSM, the company says the new rear hydraulic coupler was designed for reliable operation and clean installation.

A spring-type rear coupler offers increased productivity and uptime, according to the company, by only requiring the operator to leave the cab once during the process of changing buckets. The control rod is the only tool required, and John Deere says it is sized to fit in the standard toolbox.

With the redesigned hydraulic thumb, John Deere says that trench interference is reduced, and contact points are improved against the bucket edge when loading or hauling irregular shaped objects, rocks, debris or anything that the bucket alone cannot handle.

Lake Erie Portable Screeners join HGACBuy

portable screeners at lake erie

Photo: HGACBuy

Lake Erie Portable Screeners will be joining the HGACBuy Cooperative Purchasing Program.

The company says that the move benefits all Lake Erie customers in the continental United States who have joined or plan to join the program, which makes the governmental procurement process more efficient. The company says the move also benefits townships, departments of transportation, city governments, schools and park departments and municipalities.

“We serve a number of customers in the government sector and they were seeking to streamline their buying process,” said Stuart Foradora, Lake Erie Portable Screeners factory representative. “By joining HGACBuy, which cuts through the red tape for government agencies, we offer our customers the ability to secure our product without committing time or budget to a lengthy bid process.”

HGACBuy says it expedites the procurement process while saving government agency members money by giving them access to volume discounts and purchasing, as well as absorbing the costs associated with publishing legal notices.

HGACBuy says the program also writes technical specifications for members and eliminates the need to hire consultants.

In June 2017 after a two-year application process, Lake Erie finalized its HGACBuy membership. The company says that the process reviewed and verified the company’s capabilities and legitimacy. Every two years, Lake Erie will renew its membership.

All of the company’s products are available through the program, which includes the propane, diesel and electric versions of the Pitbull 2300 screening plant, the Pitbull 2300B box screener and the company’s new static grizzly screen. Used to deliver high outputs of a wide range of materials, screening plants deliver asphalt, topsoil, gravel, mulch and stone.

Case names 2017 Gold and Diamond Dealers

As part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program, Case Construction Equipment has named its 2017 “Gold Dealer” and “Diamond Dealer” award recipients.

These awards recognize dealerships across Canada and the United States for excellence in the following categories: parts support, training, sales performance, product support, marketing and communications.

Winners for the 2017 Gold Dealer award are: McCann Industries, Illinois, Indiana; State Equipment, Kentucky, Washington, Virginia; ASCO, Texas; Burks Tractor, Idaho; Crown Power & Equipment, Montana; Lawrence Equipment, Virginia; Eagle Power & Equipment, Delaware, Pennsylvania; Hills Machinery, North and South Carolina; and HiTrac (1974), Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Winners for the 2017 Diamond Dealer award are: Nueces Power Equipment, Texas; Redhead Equipment, Saskatchewan; Birkey’s Construction Equipment, Illinois; Burris Equipment Company, Illinois; Miller Bradford & Risberg, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois; Monroe Tractor, New York, Massachusetts; Crawler Supply, Louisiana; Groff Tractor, Pennsylvania, Maryland; Kucera Farm Supply, Ontario; and Longus Equipment Inc., Quebec.

“This year Case celebrates 175 years of practical innovation in the construction industry, but our success wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our extraordinary dealer network,” says Scott Harris, vice president for Case Construction Equipment in North America. “Congratulations to all of our 2017 Diamond Dealer and Gold Dealer Award winners, who have shown a continued dedication to providing the ultimate ownership experience for our customers, and a true commitment to developing the Case brand in North America.”

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