Our most rented machines: the John Deere 160C excavator
One of our earliest blog articles was on the John Deere 200D excavator. That is a big tough machines for serious jobs. If you don’t need something that serious, but a backhoe isn’t going to get the job done, then the C-series from John Deere is right for you. Despite being small they are very productive and have that “big machine feel.”
The C-series comes with the PowerTech engines, heavy-duty cooling systems, reinforced booms, and user-friendly (and comfortable!) operator stations. Today I’m going to focus on those engines and cooling systems as well as the operator stations. As someone renting from us those are probably your primary concerns, as we will take care of all the maintenance for you, and you probably already know the legendary reliability of John Deere, even if you haven’t experienced it for yourself.
Inside the 160C is John Deere’s exclusive Powerwize II engine. Its hydraulic management system balances hydraulic pressure and flow. This helps to save fuel, maximize engine output, and enable multi-function operation with no hiccups.
The engine itself is charge-air cooled which improves fuel economy and engine durability while being “green” by reducing emissions. How exactly, ask my construction junkies. Fair enough. There’s wide fin spacing in the cooling system which allows trash to pass through the cores. But there’s also a removable trash screen to eliminate plugging. The top and bottom tanks of the heavy duty cooling system are heavy wall extrusions that are TIG welded to the core so they will be long lasting and durable.
Did we mention the hybrid steel-and-plastic fan? It has an airfoil-blade design which leads to better cooling performance using less horsepower. It also runs quieter, which is never a bad thing when you’re out on a project.
Inside the cab you will see a diagnostic display unit which allows techs to read diagnostic codes (fuel pressure, coolant temperature, manifold temperature) so there is no mystery if something does go wrong.
The operator station itself sits on six silicon fluid-filled elastic mounts. These take the shock out of the cab and allow the operator to sit back and relax. While doing so you realize that there’s adjustable lumbar support! My car doesn’t even have that! Look up and you’ll see a smoke-tinted sunroof hatch that allows you to have an eye on the sky during your jobs and there’s a retractable shade for when the glare gets too bad. Charge your phone with our 12-volt phone jack, put your drink in our oversized cup holder, and keep the next beverage in our beverage cooler.
There’s a lot of glass surrounding the operator, which makes for great sight lines in almost every direction (it’s described by many as “panoramic visibility”). If it gets muddy the wiper blade cleans 25 percent more of your viewing area before tucking out of sight. There are also adjustable vents everywhere which makes the “blend air” climate control system a dream to operate.