John Deere

By Mike Anderson, Senior Editor | September 28, 2010

John DeereHaving introduced the 35D and 50D zero-tail-swing mini-excavators in 2005, followed by the 27D one year later, John Deere completed the updating of its sub-six-metric-ton excavator product line this year with the 17D. With the tracks retracted and the backfill blade's two end sections folded, the machine will fit through a 40-inch opening. Compared to the predecessor model, the 17D offers 20 percent more horsepower, 19 percent more bucket dig force,9 percent more arm force, and 10 percent more hydraulic flow.