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Posted March 6, 2015

Two New Compact Excavators from John Deere

John Deere showcased its new 26G compact excavator at The Rental Show, rolling out the new 26G and 17G models with Final Tier 4 compliant engine, no need for aftertreatment, improved cab and smooth hydraulic controls. The company emphasized that productivity and uptime were a key part of the excavators' design. 


JD 26G“The operator-focused design of the 17G and 26G models maintain proven, John Deere reliability with a few nice refinements,” said Mark Wall, product marketing manager for excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “These compact machines boast big productivity and uptime features, as well as updates that focus on lower daily operating costs.”

The 17G and 26G incorporate "noticeably quiet" 14.5 hp and 20.0 hp Final Tier 4/ EU Stage IV diesel engine without the complexity of an aftertreatment system; no DOC and no DPF, and thus no requirement for DEF. 

The 26G uses the same operator’s station as the 35G - open station or cab with heat only. The hinge portion of the door was simplified to provide better visibility. Door width was increased more than 3 inches for easier entry and exit. The cab has a front window that is 2-in. wider and 6-in. taller. The 17G cab remains unchanged from the D Series model.

A new seat with adjustable wrist rests for comfort was added; suspension seat is standard. The foldable travel pedals are positioned for efficient operation and low-effort pilot controls deliver smooth, combined-function performance.

For uptime and improved servicability, there's a third service door that provides access to the cooling core and other daily checkpoints. For easier access, the cores were positioned side-by-side. Extended fluid and lubrication intervals and sight gauges help minimize maintenance and expenses. Similar to all G-Series models, the compact excavator includes unique features such as an oil-impregnated boom, arm, and bucket bushings to help deliver unsurpassed long-term durability. Both models come equipped with rubber tracks.

For versatility and utilization, there's a manual, wedge-style quick coupler to help speed attachment changes. The company's Worksite Pro attachment line and the previous D-Series attachments work on both of the new machines.

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