John Deere introduces four Tier 4-Final G Series skid steers (312GR, 314G, 316GR, 318G) and one CTL (317G).
The G Series machines feature an improvement in horsepower-to-weight ratios and an optimized boom design that enables lift heights over 10 feet on the vertical lift models and a 20 percent increase in breakout forces on the radial-lift models. The vertical-lift design on the 314G (51 horsepower), 318G (65 horsepower) and 317G (65 horsepower) improves all-around visibility, Deere says, with clear sight lines both above and below the boom to enable easier grading in tight spaces; plus, the low-profile rear-hood design expands rear views.
The radial-lift option used on the 312GR (51 horsepower) and 316GR (61 horsepower) offers a one-person boom lockout system for safety that can be activated from within the cab. The company says the lift system is designed for lower maintenance and optimal digging performance, and is ideal when more reach is needed at mid-range lift heights—such as dumping over a foundation wall, backfilling or loading a flatbed trailer. The 316GR, 318G and 317G offer 24 percent more engine power and all G Series machines provide 11 percent additional fuel capacity over previous models. John Deere designed an all-new operator station for the G Series. A swing-out cab door creates a wide-open entryway and flat floors allow easier entry and exit, along with more foot and legroom. The cabs and floors are sealed and pressurized to keep out dust and excess noise, and a footwell clean-out makes debris management easier.
The new skid steer "economy" models 312GR (radial lift) and 314G (vertical lift) were purpose built for simplicity, reliability and durability, and include a key set of standard features for the entry-level customer. The higher performance 316GR and 318G models offer several customer-driven features, including 2-speed, air-conditioning, electrohydraulic (EH) joystick controls, an enhanced lighting package and a self-level and ride control combination that features shock-absorbing boom cylinders that cushion bumps.