Redesigned dump body and updated operator station are highlights of two new John Deere ADTs
John Deere's new E-II articulated dump trucks include the 410E-II and 460E-II. Deere says it has incorporated customer-driven features in the design, resulting in greater operator comfort, reduced fuel burn, increased uptime and lowered daily operating costs. These features include redesigned dump body, updated operator station, and new drive and transmission retarder modes.
The redesigned dump body is wider and has a lowered and levelled rail height to improve material retention. A brand-new side sheet design makes the load height the same from front to back, while the widened bin provides additional tire coverage and easier loading. Additionally, the bin rail features an angled top, helping to reduce material spillage while travelling.
The updated operator station on the E-II models increases ease of use, productivity and all-around comfort. The single sealed switch module reduces the number of switches by 25 percent compared to the previous models. An automotive-style multifunction turn signal lever includes lights and windshield wipers. The new primary display unit provides a clear display of daily operation and enhanced diagnostic information. Other comfort-boosting features include the relocated HVAC controls for easy access to the temperature settings, optional Automatic Temperature Control feature, and a heated and ventilated premium seat option. Customers can also add the seat belt minder system, which includes a green beacon light outside the truck, providing confirmation that the seat belt is fastened. An optional four-point retractable seat belt harness is also available on all models.
The three standard drive modes – Normal, Eco and Traction – help to optimize the drivetrain and reduce inputs from the operator. The Normal mode provides the same features found on the E-Series, while reducing fuel burn by up to 7 percent compared to the existing models. With Eco mode, the system reduces fuel consumption by smoothing throttle input and reducing maximum rpm. When conditions allow, Eco mode can improve fuel consumption by up to 12 percent compared to E-II Normal mode. The Traction mode helps the operator to maintain tire traction in soft underfoot conditions, automatically engaging the differential lock to minimize wheel spinning, and increases traction. To improve the function of the automatic differential locks, new wheel speed sensors have been added, enhancing the accuracy of engagement.
Also designed to boost operator productivity, simplified retarder controls help to create a consistent, smooth ride in all applications. Three transmission retarder modes – low, medium and high – offer different operating characteristics for loaded and unloaded trucks.
Maximizing machine uptime, there is a 10 percent reduction of electric and hydraulic routings, further reducing potential leak points. The optional, factory-installed auto lube feature is filled at ground level and takes the guesswork out of lubricating grease fittings, increasing component life. Optional LED lights provide greater visibility in lowlight settings.
The 460E-II model is available with a new ejector body solution. This solution allows operators to spread a load over a given area and can be used in areas where there are overhead powerline concerns or where risk of rollover is high due to steep grade unloading.