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the front-end grading.” While the CAG members like talking about the TMC controls. as seen on the bottom line. the company is pulling out all the stops to keep your uptime where it belongs — up.s. Grading & Excavating gives the new rig two thumbs-up. When you run the numbers.PRODUCTIVITY | UPTIME | LOW DAILY OPERATING COSTS Fast. PowerPlan is a service of FPC Financial. tell you their impressions. and onthe-ﬂy shifting. higher transport speeds. Sales and Marketing Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division COVER STORY / PAGE 3 . and the speed. f. CR2210402 Litho in U. President Brian Van Hook appreciates the new loader. John Deere has deployed all-new criteria for keeping our dealerships — and you — stocked with all the parts needed for ultimate machine uptime.b. we’ve rolled out our traveling warranty that transfers between all North American dealerships. it all comes down to cash flow. customer. In your business. Tic-Tac ’Hoe Crisscrossing North America for the skinny on the new cutting-edge J Backhoe with TMC™ The new John Deere J-Series Backhoe with Total Machine Control (TMC) is ﬂat-out cool. Visit your local John Deere dealer today. “I really like the 310SJ a lot — the power. Flexible. In a nutshell: If you need it. We looked closely at dealer. Okay. “What Deere knew going into the next generation of a great backhoe. and silk-smooth PowerShift™ trannies that deliver fast acceleration. Our commitment to you is evident in features like these: • Customized financial solutions. I have run every Deere from the operator.com *Subject to John Deere Credit approval. the team with so much input into the J’s design.S. with chair-mounted electrohydraulic joysticks? We hit the road to let John Deere Consumer Advocate Group (CAG) members.” says the owner/ Phoenix rising First stop on the CAG tour: Dewey Arizona. back to the way-cool controls… > > > Need parts faster? We’re on it™. we’ve developed data models to put parts where they’re most likely to be needed. (07-01) Bob B. “The 310SJ has increased productivity. operators can turn cycles faster and go longer. it’s worth noting the many innovations worked into the entire line of J Backhoes — TMC and otherwise. but so do many of our competitors.” California teaming While we were on the West Coast. you’ll run with Deere. about 20 percent. Another critical piece of this story is our insistence on training techs and stocking parts for all new models before the ﬁrst machine is shipped. and more • A trusted reputation of integrity • Fast and easy access to credit • Financing know-how and equipment knowledge aimed at ensuring customer satisfaction. At John Deere Credit. California. I prefer the ﬁngertip control on the SJ because it’s a pleasure to run and easier on my back. And for those who haul machines hither and yon. www. we swung by Fremont. where longtime 310SG fan Terry Baker of V. Take a look at our snappy new ad on the back page of this magazine — go ahead. service. Besides new whiz-bang computer models and databases. To fulﬁll our goal of world-class customer service. What else would you call a machine that replaces old-fashioned fully hydraulic controls A all the way to this new SJ. Our cooperative parts sharing between 400 dealer locations and backup via ten regional parts depots come to mind. And while John Deere pledges to deliver high productivity and low daily operating costs.H. more reliable electronics. and I can tell you this is the ﬁnest backhoe on the market today. such as skip payments and flexible terms • PowerPlan™. There’s so much less stress with the TMC electrohydraulic controls. This line of ‘hoes boasts an improved cooling package. a commercial line of credit for parts.H. machine availability is where the action is. and the operators seem to like staying on the machine longer. From this and other data. We want to be known as a great manufacturer with the very best parts availability in the industry. I’ll wait here…pretty cool. look for an increased focus on uptime through superior parts availability. to talk all things J Backhoe with another CAG team member. In a marketplace where machine quality and performance between manufacturers is considered to be about the same. and warehouse depot parts orders for all John Deere machines. We’re all working toward the same goal: your success. It’s just more comfortable for them.A. we’re on it. we understand that — so we offer a wide variety of financing options tailored to your business needs. “is the relationship between operator comfort and productivity.JohnDeereCredit. huh? The thinking behind this new ad campaign goes something like this: John Deere makes excellent equipment. Brock Senior Vice President. too. Steve Hicklin. Fair. My wife noticed it — she says I come home happier.” Terry’s boss and V. attachments.
Incorporated and Kisch Excavating L. “The Total Machine Control cycle times are phenomenal..I n s i d e Country & Midwestern Next stop: Charles City. It’s so much fun. Alberta.” —Kelly Cortum. you get a lot of work done in no time ﬂat. The feedback I get from all ten of my operators is very positive. Kelly Cortum. and technicians to discuss what needs to be changed so John Deere could develop the most productive. and this joystick easily gets you out of a ditch. and ‘Fast’ is…fast! Once you get the hang of it. In fact..C. Incorporated. owner of Varko Excavating Inc. Southern Excavating.. air cleaners. He has since told me that he will never go back to a wobble-stick backhoe. Charles City. Incorporated. Tabor. Dewey. Alberta.” ––Jim Kisch. Alberta. He wanted a 310G with the wobble sticks. Varga begged to differ and tears into our request for a demonstration like a rodeo rider. Coolers. efﬁcient. Medium is great for most jobs. operators. are really handy to get at. You’ll trim seconds and minutes that really add up. All your components — dipsticks and stuff — are right there. Like the new tilt steering that comes up a lot farther.” opines Mike. and he’s really old school.L.” Canadian comfort “One of the great things about the 410J is it was designed in part by customers.H. Iowa “We’ve run a 310SJ for ﬁve months.L. Wherever you go in that seat…there they are.” —Mo Just. “The interior of this machine is so incredibly comfortable. has been running a new J ‘Hoe for a few months. Grading & Excavating is serviced by RDO Construction Equipment.” says Attila Varga. We experience jobsites where we get more footage a day than what we had previously experienced with the G. Canada “A nice new feature is the three-speed hydraulic modes because. Kelly Cortum. Many innovations found their way into the entire line of J-Series Backhoes.” Well. and it is just awesome. The controls are so much easier.C. “The productivity of the 310SJ is even better than the G-Series.” Bottom line? The early word on the new from-the-hubsup J-Series Backhoe add up to new highs in productivity and uptime for industrious contractors everywhere. Varko Excavating Inc. “You go down in the hole fast and you come out swinging. you just want to get in it and run the thing. The mini joystick is a great feature — get stuck with the TMC. it’s faster and more powerful — I don’t want to go back to an old one. Deere backhoe engineers get their drafting tables muddy “With help from our CAG group.” ––Brian Van Hook. hydraulics ﬁll. So I conned him into running it for two weeks.” says Mr. ■ Varko Excavating Inc. and operator-friendly machines possible. you name it. ‘Medium’ is like a traditional backhoe speed. he wasn’t having any of it. Iowa “I have an operator named Terry Baker.” Fellow Iowan Kelly Cortum of Kelly Cortum. this machine is set up for easy operation and low daily operating costs. Varga as he rocks the machine and moves it forward. “This 310SJ is simple to run compared to the old-style machines. and when I told him the 310SJs with the new controls were coming. Mr. Canada CAG “One of the great things about the 410J is it was designed in part by customers. where Kisch Excavating L. and Southern Excavating are serviced by Brandt Tractor. the boss likes the productivity. t h e Thanks to Customer Advocate Groups. “The joysticks are right there with you. are serviced by Murphy Tractor. Norwalk.L.C. “If you’re stuck or just want to push yourself ahead as you’re trenching. and when you’re in a position to really whale. reliable. Iowa. Calgary.H.” — Attila Varga. Calgary.” We’ve always held that no one has ever built a ‘stuck proof’ machine. Kisch Excavating L. V. when you get around a ﬁber optic or some real delicate utilities. you lift up your front boom and push yourself ahead. “It’s amazing how much time you save when production trenching. agrees. you can slow down operation. V. And the three hydraulic speeds are just great — ‘Slow’ lets us do precise work. The chair-mounted joysticks give you freedom to work 45 degrees from the traditional front or rear position. you can move it up to the fast speed and really buzz through the cycles.” says contractor Jim Kisch. and they move with you. but how does an operator like these new whiz-bang controls? We ask Mike Hassebrock. Grading & Excavating. Arizona PAGE 4 / 5 . we sat down as owners — Deere and otherwise — contractors.
” ■ MAINTENANCE LOGS Your techs can enter maintenance or repair-work details in the Maintenance Log. and this system tells us all we need to know. time management.” This was a crisis averted. Equipment Technologies Department. “Our system lets us track and manage productivity. “It gives these assets in a more productive and competitive way. Equipment Opera-tions Manager. We’re very excited about using telematics to provide us with the information that we need — that every end user of equipment needs — to address the essentials of ﬂeet management. and summaries of various machine-performance features. amount of material moved. we had a geo-fence around it.” was able to ‘ping’ the unit and track the direction it was moving. the JDLink system alerts users and your John Deere dealer to potential machine-downtime scenarios. Like all our machines. For reliability — downtime and utilization. For productivity. you’ll access this data to make management decisions 24/7. Equipment Coordinator. and its ability to track critical machine functions. we look at machine applicability. and receive overheating alerts. We want over-speed alerts when the machine is redlining past maximum rpm for extended periods…and this system tells us all we need to know. and no one is happier about that than Equipment Operations Manager Tom Stoner. As an added precaution. Zachry Construction Corporation “We want to look at…gallons per hour…engine temperatures.” Fortunately. Corporation is an 80-year-old privately us all the tools we need to manage . Zachry Construction Corporation “Theft recovery is neat. JDLink hardware is connected directly into the electrical system of the machine to monitor location.. Zachry Construction Corporation Blue Bug Here? A quick peek under JDLink’s hood reveals: MACHINE STATUS AND LOCATION The machine’s location and operating conditions are vividly detailed on a color map. ALERT LOGS All yellow warning and red stop-engine alerts are compiled in the Alert Log. For years GPS-based technology has been a godsend to some of the brightest and best people in the construction industry. “It has really boosted productivity and machine availability because it enables us to get out in front of any problems.” — John Kennemer. Superintendent.all the information available on the microprocessor. and cost.” — Joe Serda. has revolutionized Zachry Construction’s ﬂeet management. and operating expenses . hours.m. Stop-engine alerts are also communicated via e-mail notiﬁcation. with signiﬁcantly lower operating costs. And there are more goodies like e-mail and print capabilities. It pays to have telematics working for you. ownership. The stolen truck. Read on about the JDLink™ Machine-Monitoring System — your eyes on the prize. and when the thief removed it from the area (at 2:00 a.” — Mike Monnot. and we recovered it because I was able to ‘ping’ the unit and track the direction it was moving. According to Zachry Construction’s John Kennemer. Equipment Department. Through the system. What I like is its ability to track equipment utilization — from when a machine starts in the morning to when it’s shut off in the afternoon. But the theft-recovery thing is like an added bonus to us. functions. trailer. And now. (and) cycle times. This provides the machine with a documented pedigree for future reference. Tip-off of a rip-off Equipment Coordinator Joe Serda believes that GPS. safety. We want to look at fuel consumption — gallons per hour. and it’s really neat. And. The word from the ﬁeld on GPS-based technology San Antonio’s Zachry Construction owned industry giant with jobs from coast to coast. speed..000. Zachry Construction Corporation “In Houston we had a machine stolen. We want to look at engine temperatures and receive overheating alerts. and we recovered it because I ﬁgure cost we download fuel consumption and warranty.). John Deere and QUALCOMM® have been on the case developing the most powerful equipment-management solution available today. Details include both productivity and utilization measurements — hours. and hydraulic crane Joe was discussing are probably worth $750. the missing Link Your ﬂeet is your fortune. and othPAGE 6 / 7 “We can capture realtime hours. and fuel consumption. you can access information critical to boosting the Deere trifecta of increased productivity and uptime. you need to make sure there’s no “midnight acquisition. John Deere and QUALCOMM are ready to go state-of-the-art GPS science one better with JDLink. Through your desktop or notebook and Microsoft® Internet Explorer. So I kept in contact with the project personnel to steer him toward the exact location of the machine so he could stay with it until the authorities arrived. “In Houston we had a machine stolen.JDLink puts superior ﬂeet management at your ﬁngertips Finally. fuel information.” — Tom Stoner. reliability. We’re very excited about using telematics to provide us with the information that we need — that every end user of equipment needs. and you need every tool available to keep an eye on each machine and operator. in this day and age. A system hard-wired to your proﬁts. We want over-speed alerts when the machine is redlining past maximum rpm for extended periods. the equipment coordinator received an alert. To er critical data. and productivity data. “We’re running GPS systems on between 800 and 900 units.” Director of Equipment Mike Monnot is also impressed with comprehensive GPS technology. alerts. SUMMARY REPORTS JDLink management reports provide a summary of each machine’s usage over time. and all performance data. but it’s a bonus feature. Director. “We use it extensively to track expense and performance.
Roberto put his dream to work building a home. a very efﬁcient business model was born. and he’s working that blade like a samurai. But the new 670 is the ﬁrst one Luis Astudillio has operated. it’s one of my toys. What gives? “I took to the 670D right away after auditioning a few others. One thing I really appreciate is the clear view of the blade.000 acres (20. most everything is fashioned out of lenga — a wood that’s as beautiful as cedar and as hard as ash. I talked to other grader men who recommended Deere. “Sí. In Tierra del Fuego.234 hectares) that churns out 12. “Whoa. they say.” said the seagoing Spaniard. He regaled us with a story about his grandfather emigrating from Spain to Tierra del Fuego in 1908 when it was a penal colony and the population of 800 was predominantly criminal. PAGE 8 / 9 .Grading the crown of ﬁre ProDin owner Roberto Fernandez has realized his dream in southern Argentina by building a sawmill deep within a Tierra del Fuego lenga forest. he was always able to put food on the family table. They were burning a rare and beautiful hardwood called lenga that grows exclusively at this enchanted South American longitude. Fortunately for Deere. employee cottages. and the lenga must be cut in 197-foot (60-meter) diameter circles so as to encourage reforestation. ■ ProDin is serviced by Palmero/Ushuaia.” says Roberto of his new 670D. It’s tough to harvest. he built a successful business on 50. it involves a 670D Motor Grader. But there are obstacles like Argentine government restrictions that are tougher than a $2 steak. but we demoed Cat and Champion graders just to be sure. This must be a completely self-sufﬁcient mill for our plan to work. So far (550 hours). I found the competing machines’ controls to be stiff. But Roberto Fernandez had a plan. Argentina. Nearly 100 years later. Magellan sat starboard off the Argentine coast contemplating the dead arctic air before him. great living facilities. and state-of-the-art sawmill smack-dab in the middle of a cold nowhere. And many protected species of critter and plant — migratory birds. No one. and Roberto had the brilliant idea of building a sawmill deep in a lenga forest. but our customer has built a lenga logging camp that even the Yamanas could dig. moss. “it’s like a crown of ﬁre.000 cubic feet (340 cubic meters) daily of furniture. But despite the hardscrabble environment.” Happy trails We checked in with Roberto before hitting the (nicely graded) road.and construction-grade lumber and the most beautiful hardwood ﬂooring going. but the 670’s were very smooth. With the help of a Deere 670D Motor Grader. takes great pride in protecting the natural balance of nature. of course. Smooth operator Great grader operators are born. it would seem. Suddenly. By eliminating the costly step of moving felled trees to a distant mill. so I went to a dealer I could trust — Palmero. and even pesky mosquitoes — are also under the watchful eye of the Secretaria de Resources Naturales. worm. we should cut to the yellowish iron that helps make all this possible. But Roberto doesn’t complain and. ﬂickers of light danced in the distance until a coastline of ﬁre arose from the icy surf. and a check each week. By treating his employees well with a full-time cook.” Environment The Argentine government allows Roberto to log 245 acres (100 hectares) per year. not made. we’ve experienced 100-percent uptime and plenty of productivity. a ‘tierra del fuego!’” But it was only the native Yamana tribe warming their loincloths around shoreline campﬁres. “We bought it to grade our logging roads back into shape after the hauling trucks tear them up. his innovative grandson is putting food on many families’ tables. in fact. could go far wrong logging and milling this wood for sale to locals and exotic wood lovers worldwide. He’s a lumberjack and he’s okay In 2001 a nationwide recession hit the area hard. You can get there from here Before we carry on too much about the yellowish wood. my John Deere dealer.
Two armrest-mounted joysticks allow ﬁngertip control of both the loader and backhoe. Iowa. See us today about the super-smart. but the company doesn’t plan on stopping there. the new John Deere J-Series Backhoe Loaders are the deﬁnition of versatility. the results are very promising. and Deere has been monitoring their performance. Deere has been one of the leaders in research and approval of biodiesel fuel. and minimal sulfur.” said Terry Oftedal. at 6. It contains no petroleum but can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel “blend. and the related components that were touched by the fuel — fuel tanks.” For example.” Oftedal said. ■ :: Availability and consistency of suppliers :: Increased NOx emission :: Seal. a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic renewable resources such as soybean oil. Exclusive Total Machine Control (TMC™) provides unsurpassed operating ease and convenience.000 hours. and the uncertain future of oil as a natural resource has generated a lot of wind power — that’s wind power. but still close to factory specs. “Emissions and engine power have come in within the tolerance For more information on biodiesel blends and the John Deere engines in your equipment. and equipment comes out of the factory already fueled by B2. Eight 624H Loaders using B20 have been working high hours for Alcoa in Davenport. project engineer for emissions compliance. PAGE 10 . They “walk the walk” on biodiesel. fuel lines. and other material compatibility :: Cold-weather performance :: Stability and storage :: Thermal degradation at elevated temperatures :: Lower energy content some big-picture issues that need to be examined over time before biodiesel use can expand and feature higher blends: Deere and biodiesel: “Know-It-All” This brainy backhoe has an answer for everything. Who’s actually “walking the walk” when it comes to alternative fuels? John Deere.” While continued engine and component testing generate positive short-term reviews. Biodiesel is biodegradable and nontoxic. high fuel prices. “So far in testing. Equipped with optional parallel-lift boom and quick-coupler. as in a whole lot of talk.000 hours.M re than talk band we expect after 6. gasket. John Deere currently approves the use of blends up to B5 in its engines. “We bought back the highest-hour engine they had. and it results in improved lubricity. Plus. B5 fuel is a blend of 5-percent biodiesel with 95-percent conventional diesel. super-productive J-Series. TMC makes it pushbutton-easy to customize operation and precisely match the machine to the job. there are America’s heavy reliance on foreign oil. contact your John Deere dealer. John Deere Dubuque Works. handling aluminum products and feeding aluminum ovens. and more. zero aromatics.
Doesn’t matter where you’re from. Take this loader. (07-08) Not all products sold at all locations. And an intense fascination with making your problems go away. That’s cool.S. from dealer to dealer.“You from out of town?” “ Yeah. More ﬂexible coverage options than anybody else. Needs some warranty work. From way up north.A. your warranty travels right along with your equipment. Hassle-free. . You see. we like out-of-towners. So don’t be a stranger. ” What’s a Deere Dealer have that others don’t? A traveling warranty that transfers between dealers without hassle. Need warranty work? We’re on it™ DKMAG128U Litho in U. your warranty’s good here. for instance. with Deere.
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