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The return of John Deere graders to Europe
At the end of June 2019, John Deere demonstrated his 622 GP and 672 GP equipment. Codimatra gives you a focus on the brand with the leaping deer and its presence in the European construction equipment market.
John Deere, from plough producer to construction machinery manufacturer
The American brand is world-renowned for its agricultural machinery, such as combine harvesters and front loaders, which can be identified at a glance by their green colour. Founded in the late 1800s in Moline, North America, John Deere began to establish itself as a plough producer. Over the next century, the brand continued to develop agricultural machinery. Then, in the 1950s, John Deere embarked on the public works equipment that we are interested in this article.
John Deere construction machines, which are widely used in the United States, are much rarer in Europe.
A comparison of John Deere's US and European catalogues shows that the brand has developed its construction machinery business primarily in the United States.
Heavy equipment for earthmoving and quarrying
In the United States, you can find several types of John Deere machines dedicated to public works. Like articulated trucks, very present in giant quarries. But also more versatile machines such as backhoes and loaders. Not to mention excavators, bull and scrapper for heavy earthwork. Machines that we don't see in Europe, where we are more used to seeing Liebherr tracked excavators, Caterpillar bulls, Case loaders, Volvo trucks and finally JCB telescopic handlers.
And compact equipment for urban construction sites
Indeed, the brand also offers mini-excavators and mini-loaders for urban civil engineering works. But the offer is totally different in Europe, which focuses mainly on agricultural machinery and recently on graders.
John Deere back on TP equipment in Europe with his 622GP and 672GP motor graders
At Bauma, the Wirtgen Group had already caused a sensation by exhibiting John Deere's 622GP and 672GP motor graders on its own stand, in addition to its 120 machines such as pavers and cold milling machines. Indeed, it is through the company Wirtgen, a specialist in road construction and rehabilitation, that the distribution of these famous graders in Europe is carried out. A logical choice following its acquisition by Deere & Company. It is also a coherent introduction for an American brand wishing to penetrate the European market for public works equipment and a manufacturer wishing to increase its range of road construction equipment. As a bonus, we were able to take a picture of a 1050 K bull and a 460 E truck from John Deere during the Bauma below.
Demonstration of GP graders and Wirtgen road equipment
It was during the Wirtgen Synergy Day on Thursday 27 June that enthusiasts were able to (re)discover these self-propelled graders equipped with a guidance system developed by engineers in partnership with Topcon, which is very precise and increases the grading speed. The 6-wheel drive system, the 622 grader pro has a 6.8-liter engine for 227 horsepower and the 672 GP has a 9-liter engine for 255 horsepower. Finally, the blade width is 3.66 metres. The lucky ones who were present were able to use a grader simulator to do some repairs. Although the motor graders stole the show, this day was also an opportunity for the Wirtgen Group to showcase its cold milling and finishing machines. Need spare parts for your motor grader ? At Codimatra, we have many second-hand hydraulic parts. Equipment such as motor grader blades and many others.
Following the acquisition and unveiling of these graders, this demonstration confirms John deere's desire to establish itself on the already highly competitive market for public works equipment in Europe.