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John Deere debuts 2 Performance Tier excavators


March 16, 2022
By Rock to Road staff

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John DeereJohn Deere has introduced the first excavators introduced as part of the Performance Tiering strategy. (Image: John Deere)

John Deere is expanding its mid-size excavator lineup with the introduction of the newly enhanced 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier.

The revamped machines are the first excavators introduced as part of John Deere’s new Performance Tiering strategy.

The 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier support on-demand safety, comfort and control  while delivering the power needed to produce at high levels on the job.

Manufactured in Kernersville, North Carolina the P-tier excavators were designed to deliver exceptional performance, efficiency, comfort and service life in demanding, high-production applications.

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“Our goal in enhancing the 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier is to address the needs of operators by creating a comfortable and technologically advanced machine that can make their job easier,” said Justin Steger, solutions marketing manager at John Deere Construction & Forestry.

“With improved fuel economy and enhanced visibility, these machine benefits will provide operators with higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs.”

John Deere SmartGrade

Both excavators offer SmartGrade technology as a factory option and field upgrade kits. Customers can choose from 2D guidance, 3D guidance, 2D SmartGrade Ready Control and SmartGrade 3D Control. The grade management options allow customers to choose a level of tech that’s right for them with the ability to upgrade as their business grows.

Visibility around the machines has been improved with the option of a right, rear and left camera system with LED surround lighting that provides enhanced 270-degree visibility and is integrated into the primary display in the cab.

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As well, both excavators come standard with front LED work lights. Owner/operators also have the option of a heated air suspension seat, premium leather heated and cooled seat, additional deluxe LED work lights, as well as cold weather and debris packages for those who tackle jobs in any weather condition.

Outside the cab, both models are equipped with a new, larger hood design and better serviceability. Each cooler is individually removable, and operators or technicians have easier access within the compartment.

To lower daily operating costs, the machines’ fuel economy is increased by seven per cent compared to previous models via electric on-demand cooling fans that reduce engine load, in-line aftertreatment for less restriction and system complexity, along with increased front piping diameter to cut down hydraulic restriction.