Powerful skid steer loaders deliver versatility (with related video)
John Deere has introduced four Final Tier 4 G-Series skid steers (312GR, 314G, 316GR, 318G) and one compact track loader (317G). The models are suited for public works, material handling, construction, grounds maintenance landscape, parks and recreation and utility tasks. The five models include three vertical- and two radial-lift options.
The G-Series machines feature an improvement in horsepower-to-weight ratios, according to the company. They have 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. Buyers can choose a machine with the option of a radial or vertical lift, depending on their job needs.
The vertical-lift design on the 314G (51 horsepower), 318G (65 horsepower) and 317G (65 horsepower) provides all-around visibility with clear sight lines both above and below the boom. This feature enables easier grading in tight spaces. In addition, 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 lift system is designed for low maintenance and optimal digging performance. It 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 machines are suited for work in small areas or indoor operations.
The 316GR, 318G and 317G offer 24 percent more engine power compared to previous models, according to the company. All G-Series machines provide 11 percent additional fuel capacity over previous models for daylong productivity and uptime. A high-performance Yanmar Final Tier 4 engine and hydraulic powertrain provide maximum pushing power, and boom and bucket productivity. The optimized power-to-weight ratio helps deliver more usable power, resulting in faster cycle times on the job site.
The G-Series has redesigned operator station. It features many of the same comfort, space and visibility refinements originally introduced on the E-Series machines. A swing-out cab door creates a wide-open entryway, and flat floors allow easier entry and exit, along with more foot and legroom.
In the video, learn about some of the options available with the John Deere G-series loaders.