Deere releases new mid-size excavators
By Andrew Macklin
February 25, 2016 – The evolution of the John Deere G-Series excavator lineup continues with the introduction of the Final Tier 4 130G, 160G LC and 180G LC excavators. The updated construction-class models are equipped with a Final Tier 4-emission certified engine and offer the reach, digging depth, lift capacity, and arm and bucket dig force required for a variety of industries.
The 130G (98 hp), 160G LC (121 hp) and 180G LC (128 hp) feature a certified Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech PVS 4.5L engine. As implemented in the other G-Series models, operators don’t have to worry about diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning as it still occurs automatically with no impact to machine operation, and can go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal. Like its counterparts, all three models feature excellent total fluid economy (diesel fuel and DEF).
The DEF tank is located near the toolbox of each machine within the steps to the service platform. The tank features an integrated spill guard that drains any DEF spillage outside the machine and is conveniently located near the fuel tank to save time during daily service.
John Deere designed the excavators with an updated hood for improved engine access, while still offering strong visibility. For convenience, the nine-pin diagnostic connector was moved into the cab to reduce diagnostic testing time for technicians. A rear view camera is now standard equipment improving visibility to the rear of the machine. Inside the cab, a programmable thumb attachment mode is also available and enables operators to program oil flow for thumb attachments with the monitor.
Handrails come standard on all Final Tier 4 G-Series excavators, and help maintain contact when climbing the upper structure to service the engine – improving service accessibility and security. An 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.
Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight is available for all three models. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive pre-delivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JDLink telematics, machine heath prognostics and remote diagnostics, and programming capability; and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.