The new 850K crawler dozer manufactured by John Deere operates so softly that one person whose help the company pursued didn't even know the ignition was activated.
"When you sit in the machine, close the doors and start it up, you really have to pay attention," Rob Anderson said. "When it's idling, you ask yourself, 'Is it running?' It is! And when you put it to work at full RPMs the noise level is so low that you can carry on a conversation or listen to the radio. Vibration from the cab is nonexistent and that's a huge improvement."
Pursuing input from customers is nothing new. When manufacturing and planning John Deere farm equipment, the company actively engages its customers.
Equipped with a Tier 4 engine, the 850K crawler dozer is in compliance with U.S. standards for emissions, similar to numerous additional examples sold by a John Deere dealership. The dozer's 205 horsepower engine operates smoothly, productively and under easy control.
"The 850K's design shows that Deere listened to our suggestions and ideas from the get-go," Anderson said. "We collaborated with the engineers the whole way and they responded to our needs by making the changes we suggested in the cab, in the cooling system. Everywhere. I was extremely proud when I saw the 850K roll off the line. Deere hit a home run and I'm thrilled to have been involved."