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Expansion bears fruit as more construction, mining machinery arrives in SA

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SINCE John Deeere’s announcement in March 2021 on the expansion of its construction equipment into Sub-Saharan Africa, the company has added an additional nine machines to its line-up of 17 already in this market.

“In addition to our 315SL Backhoe Loader, which is an excellent machine suited for operations in confined spaces, we have also added the 310L Backhoe, a more general-purpose machine,” the company said in a statement.

The 310L runs a 63kw engine, 4 speed PowerShift Transmission, with a digging depth of 4.2 meters, loading height of 3.1 meters and a bucket capacity of 0.96cu.m.

Another newcomer, the 744L Wheel Loader, is an addition to the current five models already offered to the market and is designed with the mining and quarry customer in mind. This model runs a 236kW engine, 3.8 to 5.25 cu.m bucket capacity range and an operating weight of 25.3 tons.

Alongside the John Deere 850J-II Dozer, the company has added the 750J-II. “We did not hold back this time now also introducing the 950K and 1050K Dozer models. These machines are designed big enough to handle mass-excavation and road-building tasks,” the company said, adding that they are equally adept at fine grading and site development.

“You will get more done without a lot of extra effort due to the dual-path hydrostatic (HST) transmission, which will allow you to push a full load through turns without losing material, unlike with torque-converter transmissions.”

Another addition to the portfolio is the 316GR and 318G Skid Steer. “These general-purpose machines might be small in size, but big in results. If you are seeking a bigger, more powerful machine, opt for the 318G with a vertical lift. With more than 100 John Deere attachments available on these Skid Steers, it will enable you to service a wider spectrum of applications.”

Rounding off the list of new arrivals are the John Deere manufactured Articulated Dump Trucks (ADT’s), the 310E and 460E.

More good news for John Deere owners is that subscriptions to its JDLink telematics and fleet management system is now free of charge.

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