Using technology to make work easier and more efficient is becoming a mantra for contractors. Companies that make heavy equipment are adding elements that can provide safety as well as accuracy to the jobsite.
John Deere is integrating SmartGrade, its proprietary grade control technology, into the 333G Compact Track Loader. SmartGrade is the first fully integrated grade control technology available on compact equipment. The SmartGrade 333G will expand the capabilities of site development, roadbuilding, landscaping, and residential and commercial building operations by enabling contractors to take on new tasks and larger jobs that require accuracy.
SmartGrade 333G increases productivity by helping to automatically complete grading tasks faster with fewer passes and less rework compared to working without grade control technology. Operators get the benefits of using a versatile, more transportable piece of equipment where the grade control system is fully integrated into the machine’s structures and software, delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable masts and cables.
In addition, operators will also benefit from the launch of DozerMode, a control solution that enables the EH joystick control system to function like a crawler dozer with the push of a button. DozerMode is beneficial when operating the machine-equipped, John Deere-designed and -built, six-way dozer blade attachment that can both cut a grade and spread materials, streamlining attachment needs and setup time.
The blade is fine-tuned to meet the performance needs of a compact track loader and does not require tools to change between other attachments. It also enhances the versatility of the machine by accurately and automatically cutting or finishing light materials in tight spaces. In conjunction with SmartGrade technology, the blade reduces the amount of operator input, ultimately lowering operator fatigue.
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