300G LC Excavator

John Deere

December 23, 2014 - Equipment

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The John Deere 300G LC excavator replaces the 290G LC and boasts 19% more horsepower, 17% more swing torque, and larger hydraulic pumps than its predecessor.

The 300G LC falls into the 30-ton excavator market and can be used for the underground, road building, energy, commercial building, and pipeline industries.

The 300G LC features a 223 hp certified Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech PVS 6.8L engine. Diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning occurs automatically with no impact to machine operation. The DPF can go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal.

To increase uptime, John Deere designed the new 300G LC with a larger hood for improved engine access. For convenience, the nine-pin diagnostic connector was moved into the cab to reduce diagnostic testing time for technicians. Other improvements include a single side ground level fluid filter service, which moves the engine oil, fuel, and hydraulic pilot oil filters to ground level on the right side of the machine and adds a service door for easy access to change filters.

Sensor-mounting brackets are welded to the boom, arm, dogbone, counterweight, and mainframe at the factory, enabling immediate install of Topcon, Trimble, Leica or other grade reference systems. A programmable thumb attachment mode is also available and enables operators to program oil flow for thumb attachments with the monitor.

New handrails help maintain contact when climbing the upper structure to service the engine, improving service accessibility and security. The optional light package now includes a hood light to provide greater visibility to the engine compartment.


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