Bulldozer can have factory-installed grade control system.

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Available with Integrated Grade Control (IGC) option, 750J and 850J dozers can be shipped with hardware, software, and wiring ready to support grade control system of end-user's choice. Open architecture enables dozers to operate software from aftermarket grade control systems, offering plug-and-play functionality. Also, factory-sized hydraulic valves are tuned for specific machine.

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John Deere Dozers Provide Factory-Installed Integrated Grade Control Systems

MOLINE, Ill. (January 23, 2007)-John Deere Construction & Forestry Company today announced the introduction of the new Integrated Grade Control (IGC) option on 750J and 850J dozers. These machines now can be shipped from the factory with hardware, software and wiring ready to support the grade control system of the customer's choice.

John Deere is working under separate development agreements with two of the leading suppliers of grade control systems to provide this technology for dozers, graders and other machines. The 750J and 850J dozers are the first to be available with this technology for integrated grade control. An open architecture approach enables these two dozers to operate software from aftermarket grade control systems, offering "plug and play" convenience, according to Dan Drescher, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Company. "As a result, grade control system installations will be cleaner, quicker, highly reliable, and less costly," he said.

The Deere product delivers faster response and enhanced performance compared with competitive add-on systems due to factory-sized hydraulic valves that are tuned for the specific machine.

"John Deere's approach to integrated grade control provides the machine owner with the greatest flexibility," Drescher said. "Regardless of which of the top brands they choose, John Deere machines can come ready for plug-and-play installation."

Hydraulic valves and hardware components installed at the factory will be covered under John Deere's machine warranty.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment, a major manufacturer of construction equipment, and a leading supplier of equipment used in lawn, grounds and turf care. John Deere also manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment and provides landscape and worldwide financial services. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe. John Deere Construction & Forestry produces more than 120 machine models and distributes its construction, forestry and worksite products through a network of more than 1,300 dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.johndeere.com.

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