John Deere is introducing four new G-Series small-frame skid steer loaders and one compact track loader, all meeting Tier 4 Final emissions standards and all designed to incorporate a number of customer-requested features, the company says.
The five models include three vertical and two radial-lift options.
Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager for John Deere Construction & Forestry, said years of extensive customer input “led to increased durability, higher engine power, improved fuel capacity and updated cab and productivity features” in the new skid steers (312GR, 314G, 316GR, 318G) and compact track loader (317G).
The G-Series machines feature an improvement in horsepower-to-weight ratios and an optimized boom design that enables lift heights over 10 feet on the vertical lift models and a 20 percent increase in breakout forces on the radial-lift models.
The new vertical-lift design on the 314G (51 horsepower), 318G (65 horsepower) and 317G (65 horsepower) provides excellent all-around visibility with clear sight lines both above and below the boom, according to Deere. The design enables easier grading in tight spaces, the manufacturer says, plus the low-profile rear-hood design expands rear views.
The radial-lift option used on the 312GR (51 horsepower) and 316GR (61 horsepower) offers a 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 John Deere says the system 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.
The 316GR, 318G and 317G offer 24 percent more engine power and all G-Series machines provide 11 percent additional fuel capacity over previous models, Deere says.
The machines use Yanmar engines and hydraulic powertrains to maximize pushing power, and boom and bucket productivity.
John Deere designed an all-new operator station for the G-Series, including a swing-out cab door, flat floors and more foot and legroom. The cabs and floors are sealed and pressurized to keep out dust and excess noise.
Landscape professionals may be especially interested in the new skid steer economy models – the 312GR (radial lift) and 314G (vertical lift) – which Deere says were built for reliability and durability, and include a key set of standard features for the entry-level customer.
All G-Series models are compatible with more than 100 available “Worksite Pro” attachments.