John Deere's new 180C W and 210C W Wheeled Excavators deliver the same reliability and powerful response of the C-Series crawler variety, but in a nimble wheeled design. The wheeled excavators, which will be available beginning May 1, use the same hydraulic system as John Deere's crawler excavators, so they offer the same powerful and predictable operation, according to Mark Wall, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Company.

The Deere wheeled excavators feature one work mode that allows the operator to work in a variety of applications--from trenching to fine grading--without having to change modes. Two factory-designed optional auxiliary hydraulic kits increase versatility. The first is designed for lower pressure, lower flow applications like bucket tilt or bucket swinger attachments, while the second is a high pressure, high flow kit for hammers/breakers. A variety of factory boom, stabilizer and tire options result in machines that can be configured to meet individual needs. A two-piece variable geometry boom and arm option adds flexibility and versatility to these machines. The parallelogram-designed front blade makes backfilling and clean-up easier than ever. The standard dual tire includes a spacer ring to keep dirt and debris from wedging between the tires. Many standard features in the cab enhance operator comfort, including a fully adjustable suspension seat, clear roof hatch for overhead visibility, 12-volt outlet, automatic climate control, AM/FM radio, cup holder, hot/cold beverage box and lunch box storage. Four silicone-filled cab mounts reduce noise and vibration, and the controls and monitor are all similar to the C-series crawler excavators.

These machines also feature the Deere Machine Information Center (MIC), a data logger that records machine information such as engine rpm, hydraulic oil and engine coolant temperature, pump pressures, machine alarms and codes, time spent swinging, and idle time. These data can help the machine owner adjust equipment needs to increase utilization and productivity.

The addition of powdered metal oil impregnated bushings, tungsten carbide coating, and reinforced resin thrust plates results in a 500-hour greasing interval for the boom and arm joints. The engines in these machines also feature a 500-hour oil change interval, with a hydraulic oil change interval of 4,000 hours.

Source: John Deere, March 16, 2005