John Deere customers help tweak G-Series skid steers and CTLs

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To enhance its lineup of small-frame G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, John Deere turned to its customers using the machines in the field. 

While the five models (312GR, 314G, 316GR, 317G, 318G) were introduced more than three years ago, Deere worked with its customers in landscaping, agricultural material handling and construction to better understand their needs and how to improve machinery for maximum productivity, uptime and solutions. 

“As we constantly source feedback from our customers, we heard them request minor improvements to the small-frame lineup, such as simplified maintenance, increased visibility and easier connections to attachments,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager for skid steers and compact track loaders at John Deere Construction & Forestry.

The revamped small-frame machines feature increased productivity and time-saving options. The skid steers and CTLs can be equipped with an optional rearview camera and easy-to-clean cab windows for better visibility, safety and speed. 

The upgraded cab offers more comfort, so operators can easily maneuver the machine and remain in the cab for longer durations on the job, without sacrificing performance.

The cab also includes a new Bluetooth radio option, and the redesigned manual control levers have improved ergonomic grips for increased operator comfort and accessibility.

The upgrades also include protected auxiliary hydraulic lines that run within the boom for additional protection, which extends the machine’s life cycle.

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The G-Series machines have an optional capability to support two sets of counter weights, providing the operator with more stability and capacity to lift heavier materials. The newly integrated 4-point-tie-down system increases overall mobility and impact on different jobs by enabling operators to securely and safely move the machine to different locations.

Furthermore, operators can streamline maintenance tasks with colour-coded fluid fills and key filters that are mounted near the rear door.

The small-frame models boast optimized air-conditioning ducts, improved cab pressurization and debris ingression. Many components include zinc flake hardware for improved protection against corrosion and machine wear.