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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.
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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.
Operator Stations
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.

Our most rented machines: The John Deere 200D

Continuing our series on our most frequently-rented items, today I want to talk about the John Deere 200D excavator.  This model is not just popular with our clients, but also with kids!  It’s a very popular toy (in its scaled-down version, of course).

Who is going to get an excavator?  Well apart from the professional contractor with a specific job in mind, we have many home/property owners who simply need to move a large amount of turf or earth around.  Maybe you’re digging a pool.  Maybe you’re trying to level out some area for a garden.  Maybe you want to create a berm.  Perhaps you want to do some finesse work like setting pipe.  For projects like these, an excavator is going to play an important role.

John Deere makes all kinds of excavators but the 200D is in their compact line.  In this case “compact” means capable of excavating 20 metric tons, powered by a 6-cylinder, 159 hp, Tier 3 Powertech E diesel engine with a 106 gallon fuel tank.  It has a spacious and comfortable cab.  It’s got a top speed of 3.4 mph (no speed demon, but that’s not what you are looking for in an excavator), a swing speed of 13.3 rpm, and swing torque of 50,662 lb/foot.  It has a digging force between 27,000-30,000 lb, depending on whether you need to use the Power Boost option, and it has a lifting capacity over front at ground level of 14,607 lb.  It has a maximum reach of a little over 30 feet, a maximum digging depth of 20 feet, a maximum dumping height of 22 feet, and a tail swing radius of 9 feet.

The 200D’s hydraulically driven van runs only as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption, and operating costs.  There’s also a reversing option that automatically back-blows cooler cores to reduce debris buildup.

These advancements don’t come at a noise premium.  Noise levels (and with them, operator fatigue) have been significantly reduced in the 200D.  The dual-pass muffler, isochronous high-idle speed, and a variable-speed fan all help to make your job a little less noisy to those around you.

A quieter ride certainly helps the operator, but so do creature comforts.  The 200D comes with a huge amount of tinted glass to give great visibility to the operator.  There’s more legroom, more climate control options, more storage, and an AM/FM radio to make things go a little bit faster.  The short-throw pilot levers provide smooth, predictable fingertip control with less movement and effort.

And if you’ve never had a chance to work with a John Deere machine before you’ll come to find yourself that “nothing runs like a Deere.”

As with any equipment rental vs. equipment purchase, you don’t have to worry about maintenance and repair.  We keep the machines in top operating condition so that you can simply do your work and get the machine back to us without worrying about maintenance.  Give us a call at 845.794.0100 and let us know if we can help you with your equipment rental needs.