New backhoes improved with customer input
MOLINE, Ill. – The new John Deere L-Series backhoes build on the performance of its K-Series predecessors. The new series offers improvements on features that John Deere customers have come to know and trust, plus the addition of several new ones, to increase uptime, provide productivity and lower daily operating costs.
The L-Series lineup boasts six new dynamic and efficient models – the 310L EP, 310L, 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L. Built in John Deere's facility in Dubuque, Iowa, the L-Series backhoes are designed for a variety of jobs, including: loading trucks, placing pipe, digging trenches, moving materials or tearing up asphalt.
The L-Series meets today's emission regulations through a Final Tier 4/ EU Stage IV PowerTech Plus diesel engine on the 310L (93 hp), 310SL (99 hp), 310SL HL (110 hp), 315SL (99 hp) and 410L (113 hp), and a certified IT4/ Stage III B John Deere PowerTech engine on the 310L EP (70 hp). The 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L boast a five-speed PowerShift transmission for smooth on-the-go clutchless gear changes with speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h). The Autoshift option uses the fuel efficiency advantage of direct drive and lock-up torque convertor transmissions and automatically selects the best gear for a specific load.
Owner and operator feedback is imperative to designing and building a new John Deere machine and the L-Series is no different. Tony Stephens, superintendent at Miller Pipeline, was one of the first John Deere customers to provide his input on this new generation of backhoes.
“I've been a huge John Deere fan since I started running equipment over ten years ago, so the opportunity to provide feedback to get more of what I, and other operators, want out of their fleet was incredible,” said Stephens. “The way John Deere designed the Tier 4 engine to fit under the hood is so much better now – it immensely increases our visibility.”