T&D World Magazine

New 17D Compact Excavator Fits Into Even Smaller Spaces

With numerous improvements, the new John Deere 17D compact excavator provides maximum versatility and productivity including adjustable-width tracks and a new backfill blade with foldable end sections.

When the tracks are retracted and the blades' end sections folded, the machine fits through a 40-inch opening. When fully extended to over 50 inches, the undercarriage provides maximum stability for operation. What's more, the standard mechanical quick coupler/hydraulic attachment package makes the job site possibilities almost endless, according to Mark Wall, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Co.

"The 17D's ability to fit into tiny spaces coupled with its many attachment options and ample power make it among the most versatile compacts on the market," Wall said. "This machine can perform well in any light-duty application that requires a nimble but powerful machine."

The 17D provides many other benefits that translate into big productivity with lower owning and operating costs. Multi-function operations mean the operator can easily execute simultaneous operations such as swinging and traveling. Maintenance is fast and simple, since all service checks can be done by opening just two covers. The battery, fuel tank, hydraulic reservoir and coolant reservoir are conveniently located behind a single service door. In addition to the adjustable width feature, the reduced tail-swing 17D also provides improved performance specs (including 20 percent more horsepower, 8 percent more arm force and 19 percent more bucket dig force), rugged construction, more operator comfort features, long service intervals (2,000 hours for hydraulic oil, 250 hours for engine oil and grease intervals), and better fuel economy.


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