Deere Unveils New Models in Arizona

Last week John Deere Construction & Forestry Division introduced a number of new and updated models to the media at its winter training and demonstration site in Sacaton, Ariz., 25 miles southeast of Phoenix. The company introduced 19 new and enhanced models, including J-Series wheel loaders, the 710G backhoe, skid steers, C Series II dozers, and ZTS and RTS excavators.

Released last week were the new John Deere 724J, 744J and 824J wheel loaders. These units provide a general-purpose bucket size to meet every need -- 4-¾, 5-¼ or 6-yard, respectively. Each machine and bucket was specifically designed to deliver optimal performance for that bucket size, and to speed up cycle times, lower operating costs and, ultimately, improved lifetime cost of ownership.

With skid steer loaders now moving into the construction and forestry division, Deere introduced five new models in the line -- 240, 250, 260, 270 and 280.

With an agreement with Japan-based Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp., John Deere Construction and Forestry has marketing and sales responsibility for Hitachi construction and mining products throughout the Americas. Amy Asselin, supervisor technical services, introduced Hitachi’s Machine Information Center. This is an onboard data logger that will help fleet managers better track the Zaxis on EX mining excavators. The MIC will capture and store up to 10,000 hours on construction size excavators and 2,000 hours on mining machines and will be available for the Deere excavators in the very near future, the company said.

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