John Deere is expanding its range of OEM precision grade management products by integrating SmartGrade, its proprietary grade control technology, into the 333G compact track loader. The implementation of SmartGrade is the first time a fully integrated grade control technology will be available on compact equipment.
The SmartGrade 333G Compact Track Loader will expand the capabilities of customers working in site development, roadbuilding, landscaping, residential and commercial building operations, especially for larger jobs that require higher accuracy.
The machine will increase productivity, according to company officials, by helping to automatically complete grading tasks faster with fewer passes and less rework compared to working without grade control technology. Moreover, operators can reap 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 to introducing SmartGrade technology on the 333G, operators will also benefit from the launch of DozerMode, a breakthrough control solution that enables the electrohydraulic joystick control system to function like a crawler dozer — with the push of a button.
DozerMode is beneficial when operating the machine-equipped, 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.
The machine is powered by a turbocharged Yanmar Tier 4 engine rated at 74 hp. It powers a hydrostatic drive train with an axial piston pump. The work hydraulics includes a standard pump with 19 gpm flow, or an optional high-flow version at 27 gpm. System pressure is 3,450 psi. The unit also has a variable-speed hydraulic fan drive, with reversing fan optional.
“In a market that becomes more competitive by the day, it’s important we provide our customers with leading-edge equipment,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, skid steers and compact track loaders, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “Integrating our innovative SmartGrade technology into the 333G Compact Track Loader provides our customers with a solution that is transportable, can fit into tighter spaces and will ultimately reduce labor costs.”