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May 1, 2014

New John Deere E-Series Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders Now Available In Australia

Sydney - May 1, 2014 - Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd (HCA) today announces the release of the new John Deere E-Series skid steer loaders and compact track loaders (CTLs) in the Australian market. The new models feature enhancements developed after extensive input from customers, which largely dealt with areas of the machines that improve uptime, productivity and lower daily operating costs.

“The E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders are one of the finest examples of customer-driven product development the John Deere Commercial Worksite Products group has ever offered," said Nina Gibson, national product manager for light equipment at Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia.

The new line consists of eight models. In skid steers, there are three mid-frame models (318E, 320E, 326E) and one large-frame model (332E). In CTLs, there are two mid-frame models (319E, 323E) and two large-frame models (329E, 333E).

Powered by Yanmar 3.3 or 3.1 litre diesel engines, the mid-size frame models with less than 75hp engines, are Tier 3/Stage 3A compliant, while the large-frame units, with greater than 75hp engines, meet Interim Tier 4/Stage 3B engine emission standards.

The large-frame skid steers and CTLs feature a flat floor design with 33 percent more foot room than previous models, giving operators more comfort in the cab. Lower noise levels also contribute to reduced operator fatigue and increased productivity.

All models include low-effort electro-hydraulic (EH) controls with performance package for additional comfort and ease of operation. The EHP controls enable the operator to not only change the control pattern, but also select the propel aggressiveness for boom and bucket rate control, including creep mode.

Other new standard features include connect-under-pressure auxiliary hydraulic couplers and a new programmable courtesy lighting feature that automatically shuts the machine lights off after operation, a new keyless-start feature with anti-theft and power quick tatch.

The mid-frame models have been improved to enhance performance and make the machines more versatile. The optimised boom design provides best-in-class boom and bucket breakout throughout the lift path. It also offers greater reach at truck-bed height, improved dump angle and increases lift height to the hinge pin.

The E-Series retains several customer favoured features from the D-Series, including a pressurised cab with best-in-class visibility, V-Cooling system, auto-idle to help conserve fuel and best-in-class service access. In addition, industry-leading options such as the reversing fan are now standard on all large-frame models.

The engines in all large-frame models feature cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) with an exhaust filter consisting of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DCF). The machine monitor features an automatic exhaust filter cleaning mode, which manages the filter cleaning process when activated.

The John Deere E-Series skid steers and CTLs have been designed by customers, for customers, resulting in significant improvements in machine performance and operator comfort. These new models complement the impressive range of John Deere construction equipment sold and supported nationally by HCA.

For more information please contact Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia on 1300 HITACHI.

John Deere E-Series Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders

About Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd (HCA) is a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd and part of the global and diversified Hitachi Group. HCA is the exclusive distributor of Hitachi, Bell and John Deere equipment in Australia—three of the most renowned and innovative Original Equipment Manufacturer brands in the world. HCA delivers comprehensive sales, service and parts support to customers across the mining, quarry, construction, forestry, material handling and recycling industries through its wholly-owned national branch network.