In response to common productivity and operational challenges throughout the logging industry, John Deere has introduced new Autoshift functionality on its popular line of H-Series Skidders. The elimination of shifting allows operators to use their right hand to run the grapple and focus on pulling the load, which effectively makes the skidder easier to operate, increases productivity and decreases operator fatigue.
The Autoshift option leverages the fuel efficiency advantage of direct drive and lock-up torque converter (LUTC) transmissions, and automatically selects the optimal gear for a given load.
"The H-Series skidders are built to maximize uptime, satisfy a wide-range of customer preferences, and keep operating costs down," said Elizabeth Quinn, Product Marketing Manager, Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers. "Faster load gathering and ground speed combined with best-in-class fuel efficiency ensure the H-Series Skidders move the most wood at the lowest cost per ton."
PowerTech Plus™ Tier 3 emission-certified diesel engines for fuel economy deliver power without compromise in all conditions. Whether on steep slopes or swamp conditions, these H-Series Skidders with Autoshift can handle all types of wood.
The Autoshift option is available in all John Deere skidder models—540GIII and 640H Cable Skidders, and 548GIII, 648H, 748H and 848H Grapple Skidders.
The John Deere skidders feature industry-leading axles, bulletproof frames, and innovative options like dual-mode steering.
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Deere & Company is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agricultural and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe. John Deere Construction & Forestry produces more than 120 machine models and distributes its construction, forestry and worksite products through a network of more than 1,300 dealer locations worldwide.