John Deere Slope Control is now available as a factory option for Deere K Series dozers, including the 450K, 550K and 650K John Deere bulldozers. Slope Control is an entry-level integrated grade control solution that assists operators in grading smooth planar surfaces, according to the company.
Dozer operators can view real-time cross-slope and main fall-slope percentages through the in-cab monitor and can grade to desired slopes by adjusting the blade manually or through the system’s automated control. Because the system is integrated, sensors are protected and damage to the components is prevented.
“The demand for grading technology in the construction industry is rapidly increasing, and entry-level solutions are key for that adoption,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager, in a prepared statement. “By offering Slope Control on the K-Series machines, customers can precisely maintain and grade desired slopes easier than ever using proven technology.”
Slope Control can be set up in one of two modes, Target or Joystick. In Target Mode, the operator enters the specified target slope into the monitor, whereas with Joystick Mode, the slope is maintained based on the last joystick input. Both modes can automatically control the blade’s tilt, raise and lower commands to maintain a target slope, giving the operator precise control. This makes it possible for operators of any experience level to maintain the slightest slopes while still maintaining proper…