John Deere upgrades 470G LC excavator with new engine

John Deere 470G LC

John Deere has introduced an upgraded model of its production-class 470G LC excavator featuring a new Tier 4 Final engine.

John Deere 470G LCThe new 13.5-liter engine provides 367-horsepower to the 470G LC, which Deere says is aimed at pipeline, mass earthmoving and road building projects.

The excavator also features an automatically cleaning diesel particulate filter that can go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal.

Deere also notes that in addition to engine and hydraulic oil sample ports, the new excavator offers other simplified maintenance options such as a battery disconnect switch, spin-on fuel filters and two additional water separators to maintain long fuel filter life.

The position of the step on the track frame has been improved as well and, combined with handrails on the upper structure, provide multiple points of compact when accessing the engine compartment.

New to the 470G LC are optional 2D/3D grade guidance sensor mounting brackets. These brackets are welded to the boom, arm, dog bone, counterweight and mainframe at the factory, allowing for quick install of third-party grade-control systems from Topcon, Trimble, Leica and others.

The excavator also allows operators to choose from multiple productivity modes that balance engine performance and hydraulic flow based on the application at hand. A programmable thumb attachment mode is also available, allowing operators to program oil flow for these attachments via the in-cab LCD monitor.

The 470G LC also features an expansion tank in the cooling system that enhances air pursing, provides makeup fluid when needed and improves overall cooling efficiency and engine performance.