John Deere gives first look at future-generation excavators
By Jenny LescohierMarch 15, 2023
Capping off the first day of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, John Deere provided the first look at its all-new future generation excavators, machines it said are a product of the largest research and development project in the company’s history.
The company is also displaying a variety of new and updated excavator models, highlighted by the new 85 P-Tier and 510 P-Tier current generation excavators.
“We are beyond excited about the future of our excavator line-up, including the new models available to our customers today and the machines being strategically designed and built for tomorrow,” said Aaron Klauer, global product manager, mid-and-large size excavators, John Deere.
“We are constantly listening to the needs of the industry, and our future generation excavator models not only leverage what we’ve learned from our customers, but also utilizes John Deere’s decades of global excavator experience to bring the most innovative and game-changing machines to market.”
John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery ended their joint venture manufacturing and marketing agreements in August of 2021. Since, each company has been developing and marketing their excavators separately.
With that in mind, John Deere announces its future generation excavators, welcoming advanced solutions developed for other product lines and production systems across the John Deere enterprise. John Deere will also leverage pre-existing partnerships and agreements to deliver the most impactful machines for its customers.
“Helping to provide a competitive edge for our customers, our future John Deere excavators will be designed to make your job easier and safer, with the contractor’s bottom line in mind,” said Klauer. “We understand the importance of attracting and retaining talented operators. That’s why we are prioritizing an elevated operator experience through a new cab, controls, displays and technology.”
On display at this year’s show, customers can experience the future generation machines, including the 145 P-Tier, 210 P-Tier and 360 P-Tier models. These models are designed to offer industry leading performance, reliability and durability features, including the industry exclusive full-size cab on the reduced tail swing 145 P-Tier machine.
Leveraging a full suite of John Deere advanced technology solutions, the future generation excavators will provide enhancements in connectivity, safety, automation and grade management.
New P-tier excavators
Compared to the 85 G-Tier model, the new 85 P-Tier boasts an 18% engine horsepower increase and the addition of a turbo for high altitude performance. Hydraulic
performance improvements include increased pump torque and improved dig forces.
The larger, redesigned cab is equipped with an eight-inch monitor with Bluetooth and a 270-degree camera system integrated into the main monitor. Improved service access and optional features, such as angle blade with float and continuous flow auxiliary hydraulics, round out the updates that improve the performance and versatility of the 85 P-Tier machine.
Coming in at 51-metric tons, the 510 P-Tier is a replacement of the current 470 P-Tier model. Including a variable undercarriage and the ability to handle buckets five yards and above, this new model will continue to deliver exceptional performance and capability in its class, while specifically targeting customer enhancements in operating costs and reliability.
By using a more efficient powertrain, including the integration of E-fans, this new model provides customers up to 25% lower maintenance costs, 15% lower repair costs and 20% lower fuel consumption. This machine is designed to deliver exceptional performance to customers in mass excavation or deep underground applications while providing significant improvement in the cost of ownership.