Upgrade: Deere adds tech to Motor Graders

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New features including a Premium Circle to replace wear inserts and new automation features will be introduced to John Deere’s GradePro series of motor graders.

Upgrade: Deere adds tech to Motor Graders
New tech has been introduced for John Deere's GradePro Series of motor graders

 

John Deere has introduced what it says are two industry-exclusive features to its GradePro (GP) series of motor graders, as part of a series of upgrades to the range.

The exclusive Blade Stow feature, which comes standard with machine presets or the Automation suite, adds a configurable setting to automatically stow the blade with the touch of a button.

The second excusive feature, Auto-Gain, uses the operating conditions to automatically adjust the grader’s cross slope gain setting on the fly, eliminating the need for operators to make manual adjustments.

This feature improves productivity for operators by ensuring accurate blade movement in changing conditions, Deere says.

A third new feature is Deere’s Machine Damage Avoidance option, which when activated prevents the saddle from contacting the table and the mouldboard from hitting either the tyres, the cab steps or frame – meaning operators can concentrate on the job at hand.

On top of this, Deere will replace wear inserts on all new SmartGrade motor graders with the factory-installed Premium Circle fully sealed bearing and pinion.

This new feature helps reduce maintenance costs and downtime, the company says, with a circle that remains tight during operation to increase accuracy and boost circle torque and speed.

 

The factory-installed premium circle option features a fully sealed bearing and pinion design.

 

SmartGrade models will also have a larger file processing capability, up to 20 per cent faster file transfers and increased real-time kinematic (RTK) radio stability, with the machines now compatible with network RTK and local positioning system (LPS) technology.

Deere product marketing manager for motor graders Luke Kurth says the new features will help deliver higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs.

"Our customers challenge us to find new ways to incorporate smart technologies into Deere products. They are looking for solutions to help make equipment easier to run and more efficient," he says.

"These new features allow new operators to come up to speed more quickly, and all operators can take full advantage of the productivity of Deere graders."

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