The John Deere 350 P-tier offers SmartGrade technology as a factory option. - Photo: Deere

The John Deere 350 P-tier offers SmartGrade technology as a factory option.

Photo: Deere

John Deere has added enhanced 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier excavators to its mid-size excavator lineup. These revamped machines are the first excavator models to launch as part of John Deere’s new Performance Tiering strategy. The 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier support on-demand safety, comfort, and control — all while delivering the power needed to produce at high levels on the job.

Both excavators offer SmartGrade technology as a factory option and field upgrade kits. Customers can choose from 2D guidance, 3D guidance, 2D SmartGrade Ready Control, and SmartGrade 3D Control. These grade management options allow customers to choose a level of technology that’s right for them with the ability to upgrade as their needs grow. Overdig protect limits the bucket's cutting edge from going below the target design surface.

Visibility around the machines has been improved with the option of a right, rear, and left camera system with LED surround lighting. This provides 270-degree visibility and is integrated into the primary display in the cab.

Outside the cab, both models are equipped with a new, larger hood design and better serviceability. Each cooler is individually removable, and operators or technicians have easier access within the compartment.

To lower daily operating costs, the machines’ fuel economy is up 7% compared to previous models via electric on-demand cooling fans that reduce engine load, in-line after treatment for less restriction and system complexity, and increased front piping diameter to cut down hydraulic restriction.