"We are excited to leverage our relationship with the Wirtgen Group to introduce John Deere construction equipment to a new market, further expanding our global footprint," said David Thorne, senior vice president, sales & marketing, Worldwide Construction & Forestry. "Wirtgen's stellar reputation for supporting customers, and large distribution network, allows us to serve these new markets well offering them powerful motor grader solutions in two priority countries."
The introduction is a result of increased interest in John Deere earthmoving equipment following the Wirtgen Group acquisition in 2017. Understanding motor graders are heavily used in roadbuilding applications, the synergies between the Deere models and the Wirtgen portfolio, as well as the thriving French and German markets were determining factors in bringing the machines to the continent.
The European rollout focuses on the six-wheel drive 622GP and 672GP models that feature fuel-efficient Tier 4 Final John Deere diesel engines (6.8L and 9.0L), boasting 227 (169 kW) and 255 (190 kW) horsepower respectively. Six-wheel drive with automatic differential lock, allows the machines to power through the toughest cuts and gives operators increased traction in poor ground conditions or when working on ditches or side hills.
The 622GP with 12-foot (3.66-metre) moldboard operates at a weight of 42,060 pounds (19,078 kg), while the 672GP with 14-foot (4.27-metre) moldboard weighs in at 44,040 pounds (19,976 kg).
Other key features of the Grade Pro (GP) models include comfortable dual joystick controls with lever steer and standard steering wheel; automatic return-to-straight, high-resolution reverse camera; rear mounted ripper/scarifier; front dozer blade; 18 light LED package; and Automation Suite that helps operators improve daily production by reducing the number of controls needed to perform common tasks, including auto-articulation, blade flip and operator-selectable machine presets.