John Deere 160G LC and 210G LC Excavators

April 10, 2012

John Deere Construction & Forestry has introduced the 160G LC and 210G LC excavators, featuring T4-Interim engines and more comfortable cabs.

John Deere PowerTech diesel engines in both models

enable operators to work anywhere jobs are available, including non-attainment areas, Deere says. They use cooled exhaust gas recirculation for reducing NOx emissions, and a diesel particulate filter/diesel oxidation catalyst to reduce particulate matter. Periodic active and passive filter cleaning automatically cleans the filter without the operator having to stop the machine and impact productivity.


The 160G LC checks in at 121 horsepower, and the 210G LC has 159 horsepower.

Focusing on operator comfort, John Deere redesigned the G-Series cab to be more spacious with a larger entryway and extra legroom. Silicone-filled mounts effectively isolate operators from noise and vibration, affording a noticeably quieter cab. Storage options include a place for a cooler, cup holders, and a hot/cold box that keeps beverages at the proper temperature.

John Deere also enhanced the multi-language LCD control monitor in the cab to simplify navigation. Now the operator can easily access a wealth of machine information and functionality with a tap and turn of the monitor’s rotary control.

Operators have quick access to information such as engine rpm and oil temperature, and they can easily check maintenance intervals, adjust cab temperature, tune the radio, and select productivity modes.


The G-Series comes equipped with a Powerwise™ III hydraulic management system that yields pinpoint metering and smooth, low-effort control. The Powerwise III balances engine performance and hydraulic flow for predictable operation.


Three productivity modes (high-productivity, power, economy) allow an operator to choose the digging style that fits the task at hand. High-productivity delivers more power and faster hydraulic response to move material. Power delivers a balance of power, speed, and fuel economy for normal application and economy reduces top speed and helps save fuel. In addition, a “power boost” button on the right hand control provides extra muscle to drive through tough digging conditions.


The hydraulically driven, highly efficient fan at the heart of the excavators’ cooling system also runs only as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption and operating costs, according to the company. An operator-activated reversing option back-blows cooler cores to keep them clean and free of debris.