John Deere has announced Tier 4 Final upgrades to three models in its successful G-Series excavator line. The models – 250G LC, 350G LC and 380G LC – are equipped with a powerful Final Tier 4 engine and meet the strictest emissions standards, providing customers with higher productivity, increased uptime, and lower daily operating costs.
“When developing the new G-Series Final Tier 4 models, we wanted to maintain the excellent features that John Deere excavators were known for while still evolving the line to reflect the needs and standards of the industry,” said Mark Wall, excavator product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “By adding an arsenal of new features, as well as design and functionality improvements, we were able to offer customers an excavator that increases performance and productivity, without compromising on sightlines and service access.”
The 250G LC features a 188 hp certified Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech™ PVS 6.8L engine. Both the 350G LC and 380G LC boast a rugged certified Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech™ PSS 9.0L engine with horsepower at 271 hp (350G LC) and 271 hp (380G LC). The improved Final Tier 4 Technology enabled John Deere to maintain or reduce total fluid consumption, helping to lower daily operating costs.
Operators don’t have to worry about diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning as it still occurs automatically with no impact to machine operation. Also, after extensive testing, John Deere’s DPF can go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal. Additionally, all models feature excellent total fluid economy (diesel fuel and DEF).
To increase uptime, John Deere designed the new G-Series models with a larger hood for improved engine access. For convenience, the nine-pin diagnostic connector was moved into the cab to reduce diagnostic testing time for technicians. Other improvements include a single side ground level fluid filter service, which moves the engine oil, fuel, and hydraulic pilot oil filters to ground level on the right side of the machine and adds a service door for easy access to change filters.
A grade reference ready option for the 350G LC is available from the factory, reducing installation time by half. Sensor mounting brackets are welded to the boom, arm, dogbone, counterweight, and mainframe at the factory, enabling immediate install of Topcon, Trimble, Leica or other grade reference systems. A programmable thumb attachment mode is also available and enables operators to program oil flow for thumb attachments with the monitor.
Customers will appreciate the new handrails as well. The handrails help maintain contact when climbing the upper structure to service the engine, improving service accessibility and security. The optional light package now includes a hood light to provide greater visibility to the engine compartment to easily see daily service points. The hood light is ideal for customers who work in dark or low light environments, or those who run multiple shifts and may need to conduct late night fuel and lube operations.
Operators looking to get the most out of their 250G LC, 350G LC, and 380G LC Final Tier 4 excavators can rely on Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight™. With Ultimate Uptime, operators receive pre-delivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JD Link telematics, machine heath prognostics, and remote diagnostics and programming capability; and the ability to add additional dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.