Deere’s purpose-built pipelayer delivers power and performance

John Deere pipelayer

John Deere’s new 700L PL40 pipelayer is purpose-built with customer needs top of mind to provide a powerful solution for pipelaying applications.

Offering a lift capacity of 18,143 kg, the John Deere-designed and manufactured 700L PL40 model combines easy operation with exceptional durability.

The 700L PL40 rounds out John Deere’s lineup of pipelayer machines, which also includes the 850L PL100, 1050K PL170 and 1050K PL220.

“Our customers face a multitude of challenges, from tight deadlines and budgets to adverse conditions, making it critical to have a dependable solution that can withstand the demands of the application,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager for John Deere.

“With the 700L PL40, we are delivering a purpose-built solution that instills confidence in the operator, while also tackling challenges headfirst. There is no need for fabrication work, as the 700L PL40 comes ready to bolt on the customer’s choice of sideboom. From increased visibility to enhanced controllability, the 700L PL40 delivers the performance our customers need on tough jobs.”

The pipelayer is equipped with a 135-hp John Deere PowerTech PVS 6068 engine, and the 700L PL40 model boasts more hydraulic power compared to the base machine. This improves overall engine performance and increases peak torque in the pipelayer-ready model.

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As well, the closed-center, load-sensing hydraulic system includes a variable-displacement pump, and the amplified flow rates boost hydraulic performance. In addition, various controls, including eco mode, auto idle and auto shutdown, can be enabled through the sealed switch module to maintain productivity while reducing costs.

Eco mode optimizes fuel economy by adjusting the engine speed to meet the load. Auto idle and auto shutdown timers lower fuel costs and save warranty hours during low use or inactivity.

The purpose-built cab significantly reduces noise, increases visibility and enhances operator comfort in pipelaying applications.

Customers can select a canopy cab option for additional visibility and improved communication on the job. Other notable features include an operator-focused design for easy entry and exit from the cab, a straight and centre seat with excellent all-around visibility and a standard rearview camera.

Seamless integration

The seamless integration of pipelayer controls with the John Deere joystick controls also enhances productivity on the jobsite. The electrohydraulic sideboom control joystick combined with a proportional roller gives the operator precise control while using one hand to maneuver.

The dual-path hydrostatic transmissions and the neutral counter-rotate setting deliver precise, predictable control along the trench without triggering abrupt movements. The built-in front console storage was conveniently designed so operators can cleanly install load-monitoring displays for easy viewing. The decel pedal offers multiple operator selectable modes, helping the operator customize his/her experience and increase ease of use.

Built at the John Deere factory in Dubuque, Iowa, the pipelayer-ready machine is designed to maximize uptime. The bolt-on design of the platform and mounting plates simplifies the installation of the customer’s preferred sideboom, reducing machine downtime.

Other features, including standard reversing fans with large fin spacings and improved idler shims, preload springs and easier track cleanout.

Furthermore, improvements to the hose and harness routings over the previous models reduce wear and leak points. Extended service intervals and grouped maintenance points reduce time and costs. The fast fuel and quick fluid service options also reduce time, getting the machine back on the job sooner.

Machines in the PL lineup come with JDLink telematics for five years in-base. Uptime is also enhanced through John Deere Connected Support, a suite of factory and dealer tools, including the Service Advisor Remote, which improve machine service and support.