John Deere launches SmartGrade for excavators

By Andy Brown08 April 2021

John Deere excavator

At an online press event, John Deere announced that the company is to increase the range of its grade control solutions with the launch of SmartGrade on its 210G LC and 350G LC excavators in North America.

The factory-installed 3D SmartGrade system is designed to deliver increased productivity and accuracy on the job and provide ease of use to contractors at all levels.

“By incorporating precision technology, such as SmartGrade, on our excavator lineup, we are boosting job site productivity and efficiency while enhancing the capabilities of our operators,” said Justin Steger, solutions marketing manager, John Deere.

“However, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and contractors need options to pair the right technology with their business needs. This is where customers really benefit from the flexibility of our grade management path.”

For its excavators, John Deere now offers four grade management options to choose from: SmartGrade, SmartGrade-Ready with 2D, 3D Grade Guidance and 2D Grade Guidance.

Additionally, John Deere offers upgrade kits for each grade management option so customers can adopt technology at their own pace.

A SmartGrade excavator automates the boom and bucket functions for the operator to achieve a smooth and accurate finish grade. Using GNSS positioning technology for accurate horizontal and vertical positioning, the machine controls boom and bucket movements to a precise design target. This enables the operator to focus on controlling the arm function while the system raises and lowers the boom to maintain grade.

Steger added, “John Deere understands that every contractor has different business needs, and therefore, different requirements when it comes to returns on their investments. SmartGrade reinforces our belief that every operation deserves to benefit from the advancements technology has to offer.”

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