Dozers Do More Than You Think

Connectivity is changing how equipment operates at the construction jobsite. Smart technologies now incorporated into new machines are helping contractors improve operations and cut costs.

One example comes from John Deere, which is building on its lineup of SmartGrade crawler dozers with the integration of machine control on its 750K and 850K models. The end-result is improved accuracy and quality of work through the complete integration of the Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System.

This technology eliminates the need to install blade-mounted sensors and components, reduces set up time, and allows operators to get to work sooner.

One functionality is Auto SmartGrade, which allows the operator to adjust the system when moving the machine from one soil type to another. This system automatically lifts the blade over heavy loads before track slippage occurs. It also limits the number of passes required.

The company says this piece of equipment is nearly 7 percent more accurate across the entire speed range of the dozer when compared to conventional systems.

The new models also have Eco mode, which automatically adjusts engine power and transmission settings based on load while maintaining ground speed to help optimize fuel economy. 

This is just one example of how technology is changing equipment on the jobsite. Many manufacturers are offering “smarter” equipment to the construction industry. The end result is saved costs and greater efficiency.

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