John Deere updated its L-Series backhoe lineup to include precision mode, enhanced pilot controllers, two rear quick-coupler offerings, and a redesigned hydraulic thumb.

As a new standard feature on the 310SL HL, 410L, and 710L backhoes, precision mode allows reduced-speed hydraulic functions while operating the backhoe end of the machine with a button on the Sealed Switch Module (SSM). The mode allows work to be performed easily in tight areas, around utilities, or while craning. It is also designed to help new operators improve their operating skills.

The pilot controller's metering range has increased by 16%, and enhanced consistency between acceleration and deceleration provide smoother operation and reduced system oscillation.

The new rear hydraulic coupler features an integrated control in the SSM for reliable operation and clean installation. A spring-type rear coupler offers increased productivity and uptime by only requiring the operator to leave the cab once when changing buckets. The only tool required is the provided control rod, which is sized to fit in the standard toolbox.

A redesigned hydraulic thumb reduces trench interference and improves contact points against the bucket cutting edge when handling or loading irregular shaped objects, debris, rocks, or anything that cannot be handled with a bucket alone.