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John Deere introduces 30G to compact excavator line
Beth Hyatt | March 21, 2017
John Deere Compact Excavator in Operation on Work Site

The 30G compact excavator is the newest addition to the G-Series excavator lineup.
Photo: John Deere

John Deere’s G-Series excavator lineup continues to receive upgrades, and the newest addition to this line is the 30G compact excavator.

The company says that this model will offer numerous performance features, such as improved breakout forces and increased lift capacity. All current G-Series features–including the standard hand-controlled proportional auxiliary hydraulics and standard pattern charger–will be in the 30G.

“The compact excavator market continues to grow, and John Deere is growing with it,” said Mark Wall, product marketing manager, excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “With each new addition to the G-Series lineup, our goal remains the same — responding to customer demand for excavating equipment that can fit in small spaces, without sacrificing the power of larger-scale models. Over the years, John Deere has worked to improve the muscle, control and productivity in each new model, and the 30G is the perfect complement to meet the varying performance needs of our customers.”

The 30G will provide customers with an additional model in the three to four metric ton size compact excavator class and also provides an updated model to the 27D will have the following features:

  • A 22 percent increase in bucket force, compared to 27D
  • An 11 percent increase in arm force, compared to 27D and 26G
  • A 17 percent increase in net engine horsepower without the use of aftertreatment, compared to 26G and similar to 26G
  • A 16 percent increase in auxiliary hydraulic flow, compared to 27D, and a 32 percent increase, compared to 26G
  • A nine-foot, two-inch dig depth, which is an eight-inch increase, compared to 27D and 26G

The 30G will utilize 27D/26G buckets and attachments and will come equipped with all standard G-Series features including mechanical pattern changers, proportional auxiliary hydraulics plumbed to the end of the boom and quick couplers.

Many common features of the 35G are utilized in the 30G and also features a redesigned cab with heat and air-conditioning. A seat with adjustable wrist rests and a suspension seat comes standard in the operation station, and foldable travel pedals are positioned to maximize foot room and provide low-effort pilot controls.

The 30G has several features for increased uptime, and they included a third service door to provide improved access to the daily checkpoints like the cooling core.

Rather than being stacked inline to permit easier access, these cores are positioned side by side for easier access. John Deere states that the absence of aftertreatment provides continued operation without interruption, and extended fluid and lubrication intervals and sight gauges help keep maintenance at a minimum.

The compact excavator is expected to be available at dealers this summer.

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