Deere adds new tech to GP-Series motor graders

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John Deere is expanding the capabilities of its GP-Series motor graders with the addition of several new technologies. 

The graders are now available with the industry-exclusive Auto-Pass, Auto-Shift PLUS, Configurable Float and SmartGrade Remote Support.

Building upon the introduction of Machine Damage Avoidance and Blade-Stow introduced in November 2020, Auto-Pass and Auto-Shift PLUS further enhance machine capability. The fully programmable and intuitive features are ideal for any job, and help increase productivity for both new and veteran operators.

“The John Deere motor grader lineup has a legacy of technological and mechanical innovation, dating back decades, with the notable introduction of the industry’s first mastless 3D grade control system in 2019,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager at John Deere.

“Fast forward to today, and we’re still striving to deliver industry-leading capabilities that allow any operator — new or experienced — to work more efficiently on the job site. The latest features build upon that legacy, allowing us to put even more power and precision into the hands of the operator.”


Auto-Pass programs machine movements at the beginning and end of grading passes. While adjusting the speed of these movements and rotating the blade 180 degrees, the machine will simultaneously place the blade on the ground while preparing for the next pass.

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Available as an option on the GP-Series models and standard on the SmartGrade motor graders, Auto-Pass can also be programmed to raise and rotate the blade at the end of a grading pass, mirroring the finished angle.

Auto-Shift PLUS

Building upon the success of last year’s launch of AutoShift transmission, Auto-Shift PLUS, removes the need for using the inching pedal. This enables the operator to use the throttle and brake, which helps to increase control of the machine. Auto-Shift PLUS allows for the machine to come to a complete stop without stalling, helping reduce fatigue while cutting smoothly around obstacles or structures.

Configurable Float

Configurable Float is another standard feature now included on all GP-Series motor graders. The feature allows float switches to be programmed to control any auxiliary function, allowing programming of up to three float switches through the monitor, which adds versatility in applications where auxiliary functions are used often.

SmartGrade Remote Support

Now a standard feature on the SmartGrade motor graders, SmartGrade Remote Support connects the dealer to the machine, even from miles away. The dealer can troubleshoot machine issues and update grade control software from the dealership, reducing downtime. For customers, SmartGrade Remote Support enables the remote transfer of project files, eliminating the need to visit the machine in person. As well, any machine issues can be addressed from a remote location, providing an efficient solution for equipment fleets of all sizes.