CTL Expert Explains Why Deere Turned the 333G Into a Mini Dozer | The Dirt #15

Updated Jan 11, 2021

On this episode of The Dirt, Wayne talks to John Deere CTL and skid steer expert Gregg Zupancic about the development of the 333G with SmartGrade. This configuration outfits the 333G CTL with a custom dozer blade and fully-integrated 3D machine control. Wayne and Gregg discuss the machine’s design, operation feel, unique control scheme and the philosophy behind its development. Check it out.

Mentioned in this episode:

Deere’s New 333G CTL With SmartGrade Has Dozer Mode and Integrated Grade Control

Case CE Unveils DL550B: 2-in-1 Machine Both Small Dozer & Powerful CTL (Project Minotaur)

The Dirt #01: Construction News + Case CE’s Brady Lewis Talks Project Minotaur & the DL550B

Episode Chapters:

0:00 Intro

2:28 What Inspired Deere to Make this 333G Configuration

4:17 What is the State of CTLs as Dozers?

7:14 How the Deere Dozer Team Helped Develop this CTL

12:15 How to Make a GOOD CTL Dozer Blade

15:30 What is Dozer Mode?

19:07 How Does the Feel of this CTL Differ From a Dozer?

22:57 Why Not Just Use a Small Dozer?

24:41 The First Compact Machine with Integrated 3D Grade Control (SmartGrade)

27:20 Why Deere is Focusing on Grade Control, Versatility with its CTL/Dozer

30:44 Labor Savings

32:54 A Larger Version Coming?