John Deere has introduced the new E-II series Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs), which are designed to meet the demands of today’s jobsites.
The new ADTs include the 410E-II and 460E-II, incorporate customer-driven features, resulting in improved operator comfort, reduced fuel burn, increased uptime and lowered daily operating costs.
“All of our ADTs are proudly designed and built by John Deere in Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa. The new E-II trucks combine the most popular features of the E-Series line with customer-driven performance and operation enhancements, resulting in a machine that is easier and more cost-effective to operate,” said Cory Ouellette, product marketing manager for ADTs at John Deere Construction and Forestry.
“With the three standard drive modes, new body design, operator station enhancements and improved fuel burn, the E-II Series trucks provide customers with a reliable and durable, yet easy-to-operate, solution that positively impacts their operation and their bottom line.”
Revamped dump body
A new key feature of the E-II machines is the redesigned dump body, which is wider and has a lowered and levelled rail height to improve material retention. A brand-new side sheet design makes the load height the same from front to back, while a widened bin provides additional tire coverage and easier loading. The bin rail also features an angled top, helping to reduce material spillage while travelling.
The 460E-II model is available with a new ejector body solution. This solution allows operators to spread a load over a given area and can be used in areas where there are overhead powerline concerns or where risk of rollover is high due to steep grade unloading.
The three standard drive modes — normal, eco and traction — help to optimize the drivetrain and reduce inputs from the operator. Normal mode provides the same features found on the E-Series ADTs, while reducing fuel burn by up to 7 per cent.
With eco mode, the system reduces fuel consumption by smoothing throttle input and reducing maximum rpm. When conditions allow, eco mode can improve fuel consumption by up to 12 per cent compared to E-II normal mode.
Traction mode helps the operator maintain tire traction in soft underfoot conditions, automatically engaging the differential lock to minimize wheel spinning, and increases traction. To improve the function of the automatic differential locks, new wheel speed sensors have been added, enhancing the accuracy of engagement.
New operator station
The updated operator station on the E-II models increases ease of use, productivity and comfort. One of the most notable features, according to Deere, is the single sealed switch module that reduces the number of switches by 25 per cent compared to previous models.
As well, an automotive-style multifunction turn signal lever includes lights and windshield wipers, further helping to simplify truck settings without limiting functionality.
The new primary display unit provides a clear display of daily operation and enhanced diagnostic information. Other comfort-boosting features include relocated HVAC controls, an optional automatic temperature control feature and a heated and ventilated premium seat option.
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An optional four-point retractable seat belt harness is also available on all models.
Also for improved operator productivity, simplified retarder controls help to create a consistent, smooth ride in all applications. Three transmission retarder modes — low, medium and high — offer different operating characteristics for loaded and unloaded trucks.
The design of the E-II machines maintains ground-level daily service capabilities. To maximize machine uptime, the ADTs include a 10 per cent reduction of electric and hydraulic routings, further reducing potential leak points.
The optional, factory-installed auto lube feature is filled at ground level and takes the guesswork out of lubricating grease fittings, increasing component life. Furthermore, optional LED lights provide better visibility in lowlight settings.