John Deere is introducing two popular G-Series motor graders to the European market via the Wirtgen Group distribution network in Germany and France. The introduction is a result of increased interest in John Deere earthmoving equipment following the Wirtgen Group acquisition in 2017. Understanding motor graders are heavily used in road-building applications, the synergies between the Deere models and the Wirtgen portfolio, as well as the thriving French and German markets were determining factors in bringing the machines to the continent.
“We are excited to leverage our relationship with the Wirtgen Group to introduce John Deere construction equipment to a new market, further expanding our global footprint,” said David Thorne, senior vice president, sales & marketing, Worldwide Construction & Forestry. “Wirtgen’s stellar reputation for supporting customers, and large distribution network, allows us to serve these new markets well offering them powerful motor grader solutions in two priority countries.”
The European rollout focuses on the six-wheel drive 622 GP and 672GP models that feature fuel-efficient Tier 4 Final John Deere diesel engines (6.8L and 9.0L), featuring 227 and 255 horsepower respectively. Six-wheel drive automatic differential lock allows the machines to power through the toughest cuts and gives operators increased traction in poor ground conditions or when working on ditches or side hills.
John Deere motor graders include an “open-architecture” design, letting customers employ any of their favorite brand of grade-control systems. Grade Pro models come factory equipped with bulkhead connectors, sensor mounts, electrical wiring harnesses, integrated controls, and moldboard mast mounts.
The two models will be on display at Bauma 2019 April 8-14 in Munich.