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John Deere adds skid-steers, compact loader

February 5, 2016 -  By

OverallJohn Deere released four EPA Final Tier 4 G-Series skid-steers and one compact track loader.

The new skid-steers models include the 312GR, 314G, 316GR and 318G, and the 317G is the new compact track loader in the series.

According to the company, the G-Series machines feature 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.

“With the addition of these new G-Series models, John Deere now offers a full line of skid-steers and compact track loaders to meet the quality, performance and price point needs of today’s customer,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Customer input led to increased durability, higher engine power, improved fuel capacity and updated cab and productivity features, so when customers buy or rent a John Deere G-Series machine, it isn’t just an easy decision, it’s one they can make with total confidence.”

The new vertical-lift design on the 314G, 318G and 317G provides all-around visibility with sight lines both above and below the boom and expanded rear views.

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.

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, the company said. Additionally, cabs and floors in the G-Series are sealed and pressurized to keep out dust and noise.

For the 316GR and 318G models, contractors can choose between standard foot and hand controls, optional hands-only controls or enhanced joystick controls that are switchable between ISO- and H-patterns.

All G-Series models are compatible with more than 100 available Worksite Pro attachments for optimal job site performance.

Photo: John Deere

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