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John Deere Adds Slope Control to K Series Dozers

April 6, 2021
John Deere 650K bulldozer.

John Deere Slope Control is now available as a factory option for Deere K Series dozers, including the 450K, 550K and 650K John Deere bulldozers. Slope Control is an entry-level integrated grade control solution that assists operators in grading smooth planar surfaces, according to the company.

Dozer operators can view real-time cross-slope and main fall-slope percentages through the in-cab monitor and can grade to desired slopes by adjusting the blade manually or through the system’s automated control. Because the system is integrated, sensors are protected and damage to the components is prevented.

“The demand for grading technology in the construction industry is rapidly increasing, and entry-level solutions are key for that adoption,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager, in a prepared statement. “By offering Slope Control on the K-Series machines, customers can precisely maintain and grade desired slopes easier than ever using proven technology.”

Slope Control can be set up in one of two modes, Target or Joystick. In Target Mode, the operator enters the specified target slope into the monitor, whereas with Joystick Mode, the slope is maintained based on the last joystick input. Both modes can automatically control the blade’s tilt, raise and lower commands to maintain a target slope, giving the operator precise control. This makes it possible for operators of any experience level to maintain the slightest slopes while still maintaining proper drainage.

Other features include Flip Slope and integrated Increment and Decrement buttons. Flip Slope enables the operator to quickly adjust the target main fall or cross-slope to the opposite value, which is ideal for seamless turnarounds before starting the next pass. The Increment and Decrement feature allows the operator to adjust the cross- slope or main fall-slope target value on the fly using buttons on the blade control joystick.

“Slope Control is another way we provide our customers with flexibility as to how they integrate grade management solutions in their business,” said Sean Mairet, product marketing manager, in a statement. “Slope Control offers a solution for those who are new to technology and those looking to establish a foundation for grade management in their machine. With this technology, we can help customers boost productivity and profitability.”

Source: John Deere

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