John Deere Construction has continued the upgrade of it's G-Series excavators lineup with the addition of the 17G and 26G compact excavators. John Deere says that both the 17G and the 26G offer a Final Tier 4 compliant engine—that is noticeably quiet—without the need for an after treatment device, a spacious cab, and smooth, responsive hydraulic controls. The compact excavators were designed with the rental, commercial or residential building, landscaping, underground and site development industries in mind.
“The operator focused design of the 17G and 26G models maintain proven, John Deere reliability with a few nice refinements,” said Mark Wall, product marketing manager for excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “These compact machines boast big productivity and uptime features, as well as updates that focus on lower daily operating costs.”
- The 17G has a 14.5-hp (10.8kW) Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV diesel engine
- The 26G has a 20.0-hp (14.9kW) Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV diesel engine
- Both engines are created without the complexity of an aftertreatment system, which means there is no DOC or DPF so there is no requirement for DEF
- The 26G utilizes the same operator's station as the 35G, which has an open station or cab with heat only
- The hinge on the door of the 26G cab was designed to be simplified and allow for better visibility, the door width was increased by over 3-inches and the front window was made to be 2-inches wider and 6-inches taller
- The 17G cab remains unchanged from the D Series model