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March 30, 2016 by On-Site Magazine

The John Deere 700K SmartGrade™ crawler dozer has now integrated the Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System for improved grading accuracy. The system is fully integrated into the machine cabin and structures, eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables. Combining Topcon technology with the John Deere track load sensing system, the SmartGrade dozer offers an easy to setup, highly productive grading machine intended for road building and site development . The SmartGrade technology enables operators to be more productive on the jobsite. Because SmartGrade is integrated into the 130 hp 700K, it removes the need to install equipment daily, reducing setup time. Eliminating external cables to the masts reduces breakage, and the removal of the masts from the blade eliminates vulnerability to damage and theft. The Auto SmartGrade feature allows the operator to easily adjust the system when moving the machine from one soil type to another. Especially helpful to new operators, Auto SmartGrade automatically lifts the blade over heavy loads before track slippage occurs, then returns the blade to grade. SmartGrade also limits the number of passes required, reducing the pace of wear on the undercarriage. Machine dimensions are preloaded into the grade control monitor, reducing the time required to calibrate the dozer to about 30 minutes. www.JohnDeere.com

 


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