As technology advances faster than ever before, all industries are moving up their game the advances in order to keep up with the time and remain relevant to their respective industries. This includes the construction industry that is still reeling from the COVID 19 impact and on the road to recovery. 2022 has so far seen a series of excavators released by some of the more prominent manufacturers which includes Liebherr and John Deere.
Liebherr Releases the R 928 G8 Crawler Excavators
The latest release by Liebherr boasts an entirely new conceptualized model that falls under the crawler excavator category. The R 928 G8 sports a unique characterization based on the machine’s high drawbar pull and the load-bearing capacity which has been enhanced significantly, not to mention the larger bucket. The optimized weight of the new model also eases transportation factors significantly according to a representative from Liebherr. The Liebherr rep also noted that the new ‘concept’ excavator allows optimization of load curves along with the inertia exacted within the rotary drive which effectively reduces the level of fuel consumption.
The R 928 G8 crawler also sports a hardy X-form undercarriage which also affords the machine better stability and thereby enhancing the safety elements of the machine. Other notable elements that the new excavator has include the central lubrication system which renders the machine with a longer service life of its internal components which positively impacts productivity. The generation 8 excavator according to operator feedback from tryouts owns higher tear and breakout forces comparatively to predecessors and coupled with the fact that torque and structure of the machine has been enhanced the new crawler excavators undoubtedly will be able to deliver better performance at project sites.
Meanwhile John Deere announced the release of an enhanced range of their ever popular grade control solutions which was presented during the company’s launch of SmartGrade in their 210G-LC and 350G-LC excavators. The pre-installed 3D SmartGrade system is specific towards enhancing productivity levels as the systems increases the level of accuracy when performing tasks as the guidance system reduces mistakes that may otherwise occur frequently resulting in downtime. John Deere spokesperson from their product development arm said that the manufacturer now offers 4 specific grade management options which are marketed under the product labels below.
- SmartGrade-Ready with 2D
- 3D Grade Guidance
- 2D Grade Guidance
These systems also offer upgrade kits for each of the management option which allows operators the ability to adopt the system in their own time which is critical for them, so that they may be thorough. In essence the SmartGrade excavator is an automated system that manages the boom and bucket functions which affords operators with superior control and achieve accurate finish grades.
The system quoted the John Deere Rep uses GNSS positioning technology which gives the operator highly accurate horizontal and vertical positioning markers and the SmartGrade system to move the boom and bucket to a precise target allowing operators to focus on the arm control function, further improving the features available throughout the excavator hire and leasing industry.