News Releases   April 06, 2021

John Deere Expands Its Grade Management Solutions With Slope Control for the K-Series Dozers

Large image or 650K Dozer with operator in cab on job site in from of brick building

Slope Control is now available on the 450K, 550K and 650K dozer models

• Slope Control is now available as an integrated factory option for the John Deere 450K, 550K and 650K dozers.

• The entry-level grade control solution assists operators in grading smooth planar surfaces and is ideal for several applications, including small site development, road building, forestry and agriculture.

• With Slope Control, the system provides cross-slope and main fall-slope percentages in real time, allowing the operator to manually adjust the blade or use the system’s automated control feature to meet the required grade.

MOLINE, IL (April 6, 2021) — John Deere debuts Slope Control as a factory option for its K-Series dozers, including the 450K, 550K and 650K models. With Slope Control, John Deere provides its customers with an entry-level integrated grade control solution. Slope Control assists operators in grading smooth planar surfaces and is ideal for applications, such as small site development, road building, forestry and agriculture.

Using the integrated Slope Control system, operators can view real-time cross-slope and main fall-slope percentages through the in-cab monitor. Armed with this data, the operator can grade to desired slopes by adjusting the blade manually or through the system’s automated control, simplifying complicated grading tasks. Additionally, 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, John Deere. “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 drainage.

Other features include Flip Slope and integrated Increment and Decrement buttons. Flip Slope enables the operator to quickly adjust the target main fall or cross-slope to the opposite value, which is ideal for seamless turnarounds before starting the next pass. The Increment and Decrement feature allows the operator to adjust the cross-slope or main fall-slope target value on the fly using buttons on the blade control joystick.

“Slope Control is another way we provide our customers with flexibility as to how they integrate grade management solutions in their business,” said Sean Mairet, product marketing manager, John Deere. “Slope Control offers a solution for those who are new to technology and those looking to establish a foundation for grade management in their machine. With this technology, we can help customers boost productivity and profitability.”

An added benefit of the factory-installed Slope Control solution is that the technology is serviced and supported by the John Deere dealer network, providing customers with additional peace of mind. To learn more about the John Deere grade management solutions, or the K-Series Dozer lineup, or contact a local dealer.

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