John Deere Updates Maneuverable, Reduced-Tail-Swing Excavators

OverallThe John Deere excavator lineup continues its transformation with the updating of the 135G and 245G LC reduced-tail-swing excavators. Built with the same toughness as their larger production-class counterparts, these machines deliver the productivity, uptime and low daily operating costs customers know and trust with the John Deere G-Series.

Whether up against a wall or between a rock and a hard place, the 135G and 245G LC excavators can easily maneuver through any project, from urban renewal to street repair to underground utility construction. Equipped with durable EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4)/EU Stage IV diesel engines, the excavators meet rigid emission regulations, so operators can tackle any project without compromising power, reliability or ease of operation. The 135G boasts 101 horsepower, while the 245G LC nets out at 159 horsepower.

Overall“The tail-swing radius of the 135G and 245G LC excavators helps contractors work through the challenges of tight operating spaces with the ability to work in and around obstacles,” said Mark Wall, excavator product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Aside from the emissions update, we’ve used this opportunity to add a few features based on customer feedback, including a standard rearview camera, standard factory-installed auxiliary hydraulics with programmable attachment modes and upper structure handrails that provide multiple points of contact when accessing the engine compartment.”

The 135G and 245G LC maximize efficiency with a Powerwise™ III hydraulic system that balances engine performance with hydraulic flow for predictable operation. Three productivity modes let operators choose the digging style that fits the job. High productivity delivers more power and faster hydraulic response to move more material, power delivers a balance of power, speed and fuel economy for normal operation, and economy reduces top speed and helps save fuel.

OverallEasy to service and maintain, the 135G and 245G LC include grouped service points and at-a-glance gauges, along with an easily accessible battery disconnect switch that extends battery life. The engine requires no diesel particulate filter (DPF), and extended service intervals help maximize uptime.

Durability isn’t questioned either with D-channel side frames that house and protect the highly efficient coolers and FT4 engine, along with a sealed and lubricated undercarriage that features large idlers, rollers and strutted track links.

Comfort is at a premium inside the cab with sculpted mechanical-suspension high-back seats and a standard air-suspension heated seat in the 245G LC. A multi-language LCD monitor and rotary dial provide intuitive access to a wealth of information and functions. The excavators also include an automatic, high-velocity bi-level climate-control system with automotive-style adjustable louvers to help keep the glass clear and the cab comfortable.

OverallFleet managers looking to get the most out of their excavators can rely on their John Deere dealers to provide Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight™. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JDLink™ telematics, machine health prognostics and remote diagnostics, and programming capability; and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.

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