The John Deere 75G and 85G excavators are the latest models to join the G-Series line. Both models feature reduced tail-swing configurations to maneuver and work around congested jobsites. The machines feature improvements to increase visibility, operator comfort, and productivity.

The machines can handle a variety of jobs including landscaping, light excavating, site development, and underground work, said Mark Wall, product marketing manager for excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. Their compact size and reduced tail-swing design allow them to work within a small radius.

The 75G and 85G boast a 53 hp Final Tier 4 diesel engine outfitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that cleans automatically without impacting the machines’ productivity. The FT4 design is based on John Deere’s IT4 strategy.

Optional rubber track pads or heavy-duty rubber belts let the new models work on paved surfaces and even cross curbs without causing damage. Numerous track-widths, arm, bucket, and other options allow users to customize the excavator to the way they work. The 85G brings additional maneuverability to the jobsite with an independent swing boom that allows contractors to work closer to curbs, around structures, or in the midst of traffic.

The 75G and 85G include spacious, comfortable cabs and easy-to-use LCD monitors. A turn and tap of the rotary dial allow operators to select work mode, access to operating info, check maintenance intervals, source diagnostic codes, adjust cab temperature, and tune the radio. The cab includes a fabric-covered adjustable suspension seat with ample legroom. The wide front and side glass, narrow front cab posts, large tinted overhead hatch, and numerous mirrors provide all-around visibility, according to John Deere.

Two productivity modes (power and economy) allow the operator to choose the digging style that fits the task at hand. Power delivers a balance of speed and fuel economy for general excavating and economy reduces engine speed and noise to help save fuel during lighter digging jobs.

Another benefit of the 75G and 85G is the ability to reduce daily operating costs. Daily and periodic maintenance is quick, easy, and convenient. Large hinged doors provide wide-open access to service items and lube banks, filters, and checkpoints are grouped together for added convenience. Large fuel tanks and 500- and 5,000-hour engine and hydraulic oil-service intervals decrease downtime and expense.