New John Deere L-Series skidder features
Wednesday 26 Sep 2018
"With the new L-Series II machines, we wanted to build upon the best features of the original machines, while also simplifying the design to increase reliability," said Brandon O’Neal, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry. "Listening to our customers, we reworked the machines, making significant improvements under the hood. The new L-Series II machines offer decreased downtime without any changes to power and productivity."
The new, simpler L-Series II models enhance customer experience by reducing maintenance and increasing uptime due to a number of part changes. Other changes to the machines include a reduction to the complexities of the electrical and hydraulic systems and improvements to component placements. "We like how the wires have been rerouted it so they won’t be so bunched up in the machine," noted Wayne Sugg of Sugg Logging, who was one of the first loggers to test the new machines.
The L-Series II machines also include changes to boost productivity. The new skidder models offer increased grapple squeeze force of up to 10 percent. Articulation steering sensors improve the operator experience, ultimately increasing productivity. A new two-speed 4000 winch replaces the previous single-speed winch. "The machine is better, stronger and faster than the original," said Zane Winfield of Southern Logging.
See a short video of John Deere's Tim Flowers explaining the new features:
Inside is where you’ll find the upgrades, which include:
> New electrical harnesses with plastic sheeting and colour coded connectors, which have been moved higher on the machine to reduce dust and debris impact.
> Soft steering stops to reduce jarring when the machine reaches full articulation. These can be calibrated according to tire size.
> Attachment control unit relocated to a higher position to improve harness routing and increase reach.
> Optional severe-duty engine pre-cleaner with no dust unloader valve, relocated for easier service.
> A 5.5 US gallon DEF tank with a wiper seal cap that removes dust and debris to reduce contamination.
> Relocated ECU to reduce the number of harnesses and allow for easier troubleshooting.
> Jump-start terminals just below the cab.
> A two-speed 4000 series-winch.
> Higher strength metal used in the arch frames.
Source: John Deere
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