John Deere adds Grade Guidance to 470G LC excavator

grade guidance

Power and precision are uniting  with the new Grade Guidance equipped John Deere 470G LC excavators. 

First introduced for the 210G LC and 350G LC excavators, John Deere developed the solution in cooperation with Topcon Positioning Group

2D or 3D location

The integrated grade guidance system provides the operator with the bucket’s location in relation to a 2D reference or 3D design surface. 

This information arms operators with the detail they need for precision excavation projects, such as digging trenches for pipes, shaping ditches or slopes or digging structure foundations. 

“Accuracy and productivity are critical to our customers, and the new integrated system provides them with just that,” said Jonny Spendlove, excavator product marketing manager for John Deere Construction & Forestry. 

“With this integrated solution, the system’s sensors are protected from damage and the display is conveniently placed in the cab. 

“Additionally, this technology is fully supported by the customer’s John Deere dealer, eliminating downtime and expediting earthmoving operations.”

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Equipped with a display in the operator station, the grade guidance system provides operators with the elevation and position of the bucket cutting edge with respect to a target plane (2D) or design surface (3D). 

JDLink support

As well, support through the JDLink telematics system provides information on system utilization and allows rapid diagnosis of problems.

The 470G LC is powered by a 367 hp Tier 4 Final engine and employs field-proven cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) for reducing NOX, and a diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst to reduce particulate matter.

As well, high-efficient hydraulically driven fans run only as fast as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption and operating costs. 

The cooling systems keep things running cool, even in high-temperature environments and high altitudes. Reversing option automatically back-blows cooler cores to keep them clean.

Turn and tap

Furthermore, a multi-language LCD monitor and rotary dial provide intuitive access to information and functions. The operator is able to simply turn and tap to select the work mode, access operating info, check maintenance intervals, source diagnostic codes, adjust cab temperature and tune the radio