The John Deere 700K SmartGrade crawler dozer features complete integration of the Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System to improve jobsite accuracy and quality of work. The system is fully integrated into the machine cabin, structures, and software — delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables, according to the company.
“By combining the power of Topcon technology with the John Deere track load sensing system, the SmartGrade dozer offers an easy to setup, highly productive grading machine intended for road building, site development, and residential building customers," said Liz Quinn, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight.
Because SmartGrade is integrated into the 130-hp 700K, it removes the need to install equipment daily, reducing setup time. Eliminating external cables to the masts reduces breakage, and the removal of the masts from the blade eliminates vulnerability to damage and theft.
The Auto SmartGrade feature allows the operator to easily adjust the system when moving the machine from one soil type to another. Especially helpful to new operators, Auto SmartGrade automatically lifts the blade over heavy loads before track slippage occurs, then returns the blade to grade. SmartGrade also limits the number of passes required, reducing the pace of wear on the undercarriage.