John Deere Hydraulic Excavator Provides Big Productivity In Mid-Sized Package

August 2012, Vol. 67 No. 8

John Deere’s new 180G LC hydraulic excavator features a 121 hp field-proven IT4/EU Stage IIIB John Deere PowerTech diesel engine. The unit employs filed-proven cooled exhaust gas recirculation for reducing NOx, and a diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst to reduce particulate matter. Extended engine and hydraulic oil service intervals increase uptime and reduce daily operating costs.

The hydraulically driven, highly efficient fan at the heart of the excavators’ cooling system runs only as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption and operating costs. The cooling system keeps things running cool, even in high-trash environments and high altitude. An automatic or operator-activated reversing option back-blows cooler cores to keep them clean and free of debris.

The 180G LC comes equipped with a Powerwise III hydraulic management system that yields pinpoint metering and smooth, low-effort control, perfectly balancing engine performance and hydraulic flow for predictable operation.

Three productivity modes (high-productivity, power, economy) allow an operator to choose the digging style that fits the task at hand. High-productivity delivers more power and faster hydraulic response to move material. Power delivers a balance of power, speed, and fuel economy for normal application and economy reduces top speed and helps save fuel. In addition, a “power boost” button on the right hand control provides extra muscle to drive through tough digging conditions. The Machine Information Center captures and stores vital machine performance and utilization data to help improve productivity, uptime and profit.

With a focus on operator comfort, the 180G LC cab features self-cleaning steps and wide entryways. Silicone-filled mounts effectively isolate operators from noise and vibration, affording a noticeably quieter cab. Contractors will also appreciate unsurpassed all-around visibility, low-effort joysticks, a highly efficient HVAC system, and numerous other amenities to help with productivity.

The 180G LC is available with a variety of track widths, arm lengths, buckets and other options. 309.765.8000, johndeere.com