Review: 2005 John Deere 770D Grader
John Deere 770D: The introduction
In an industry that covers a wide range and operations, it’s quite difficult to narrow down the most essential machinery you’d need for your applications. That’s because different tasks call for different equipment. Moreover, we can’t simply turn our backs on one machine and be in favor of another. In the construction sector, there are a lot of equipment to help you in your applications. But I would say that one of the most vital machines is the grader. Why? Because without the grader, there will be no chance of building any infrastructures since this is what will set your foundation. So if you’d like to equip your business with this machinery, then you better get your hands on the John Deere 770D. Not familiar with that? Not a problem since that’s what I’ll be featuring on my review today.
John Deere 770D: Key features
Engine and specs
John Deere equipped the 770D with the PowerTechTM 6081H engine. It is 6-cylinder turbocharged behemoth that comes with air-to-air intercooler feature that delivers up to 215hp at a rated speed of 2000rpm. In addition, it complies with the EPA Tier 2 emissions. As for its transmission, it incorporates a direct-drive John Deere PowerShift PlusTM, modulated shift on-the-go, Event-Based Shifting (EBS), inching pedal. Furthermore, it has an all-hydraulic blade that delivers optimum material flow. It has a hand-lever placement of blade-function controls as well. Lastly, this grader has a maximum fuel tank capacity of 401L. So with just these as starting point, you can already gauge how reliable this equipment can really be on the worksite.
With the integration of the EBS transmission, you’re sure to experience the smoothest shifting transmission. Basically, it senses the load whilst adjusting clutch-pack engagement automatically. There is also an improvement on the material flow across the blade. That’s thanks to the moldboard shape, throat clearance, as well as the draft-frame geometry enhancements.
More than those, there is the installation of low-effort levers. In essence, these command precision and predictable response from the Pressure-Compensated Load-Sensing (PCLS) hydraulic system. You can enjoy as well the right amount of steering response and control with the few lock-to-lock turns that reduce arm motion. Finally, there’s the cruise control that you can activate with just a simply button. This will undoubtedly reduce your operator’s stress and fatigue when accomplishing this operation.
Maneuver confidently and comfortably
Visibility is one factor that manufacturing companies do not compromise in the engineering of heavy duty machinery. That’s because less of this may cause downtime or even mishaps in the work area. So it’s a good thing that John Deere installed floor-to-ceiling glass in the cabin of the 770D. This will give you a clear and unobstructed view of the blade heel and toe, back of the cutting edge, and the front tires. Actually, even doors optimise visibility. Of course, halogen work lights come as standard for better illumination. Finally, I would also mention that the ROPS cab ultimately increases the operator’s comfort and safety.
John Deere 770D: Price
Used: $115,000 AUD ($126,500 GST Inclusive) – Hastings Deering Australia Ltd
John Deere 770D: Videos
John Deere 770D: The verdict
Overall, I’d say that the 770D grader is a cut above the rest when it comes to promoting efficiency. Thanks to its powerful engine, you’ll definitely get to enjoy what this machine can offer. Not to mention that it can increase productivity. With that, you’d be able to increase your profits as well. You can also enhance its features by availing some options. Of course, you can achieve all these with the 770D without the need to sacrifice your driver’s comfort and safety. As for its price, it’s relatively affordable. So if you’d like to get ahead in the industry, then you better start with the acquisition of this equipment.