The John Deere 50G and 60G compact excavators are the newest models to join the G-Series line after the introduction of the 35G at World of Concrete 2013.
The 50G and 60G units feature improvements in cab design to improve visibility and operator comfort.
The 50G (36 hp/ 26.8 kW) and 60G (53 hp/ 39.6 kW) are outfitted with a DOC/DPF after-treatment device to meet the Final Tier 4 emissions requirements. Both models incorporate the auto-idle feature that slows engine speed when the pilot-control levers are momentarily released – for reduced fuel consumption and noise.
One of the biggest additions to both models is a new door design for improved entry and visibility to the left hand side of the machine. The door design also widens the size of the opening for entering the cab. Within the operator station, a new multifunction monitor provides a coolant temperature and fuel gauge, clock, two trip meters, regeneration inhibit, auto shut down control and machine hours.
Since machine uptime is imperative on today’s jobsite, John Deere added a third service door to the 50G and 60G to provide improved access to the cooling core. The cores were also positioned side-by-side rather than being stacked inline for increased cooling performance.
But not everything in these new excavators changed. Similar to all G-Series models, the compacts include features such as an oil-impregnated boom, and arm and bucket bushings to help deliver long-term durability.
These models can be equipped with an optional, hydraulic, adjustable-angle backfill blade that features 25 degrees of adjustment to both the left and right for more efficient trench backfilling. In addition, a standard coupler accommodates a wide variety of available attachments such as hydraulic breakers and augers.
Landscapers also have the ability to choose the tracks that are best suited for their work. Rubber tracks, steel tracks and steel tracks with rubber pads are all available.