John Deere debuts compact machine with integrated grade control
John Deere is 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.
“Expanding the abilities of our equipment through leading-edge technology is at the forefront of our priorities,” said Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “By adding SmartGrade technology into the 333G Compact Track Loader, we are providing our customers with the industry’s first-ever machine fully integrated with grade control technology, helping them do more with less on the job.”
The SmartGrade 333G compact track loader will expand the capabilities of customers working in site development, roadbuilding, landscaping, and residential and commercial building operations by enabling them to take on new tasks and larger jobs that require accuracy. By leveraging the latest grade control technology, the SmartGrade 333G machine levels the playing field with contractors running larger fleets.
The SmartGrade 333G compact track loader will increase productivity 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 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.