According to John Deere, its new, small-frame G Series skid steer loaders were “several years in the making and designed with customer feedback.” Introduced in early February, the one-tracked and four-wheeled models were built to appeal to customers in several different industry segments, including agriculture.
The series includes three vertical lift and two radial lift designs. They span the 51 to 65 horsepower range and get an improved horsepower-to-weight ratio. New boom designs mean the vertical lift models can now reach to more than 10 feet and the radial lifts get a 20 per cent increase in breakout force. The radial lift models also offer better forward reach at the mid-lift position. A new self-levelling and ride control combination features shock-absorbing boom cylinders to cushion bumps, helping retain full bucket loads while moving over rough terrain.
For power the G Series models use Tier 4 Final-compliant Yanmar diesel engines.
Inside the cab is a newly-designed operator station which uses many of the same features as the larger E Series loaders. The view from the seat is improved and the wider swing-out door and flat floor make getting in and out a little easier. There is also a bit more legroom. The cabs are sealed, making them quieter and dust free.
Among those customer driven enhancements the company mentions are a two-speed HVAC system to heat and cool the cab along with a optional electro-hydraulic joystick controls.
Depending on the buyer’s preference, the 316GR and 318G models can be equipped with one of a couple of control systems: standard foot and hand controls, optional hands-only controls or enhanced (EH) joystick controls that are switchable between ISO- and H-patterns.