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Celebrating 50 Years of John Deere Forestry Skidders

29 June 2015

Since introducing our 440 Skidder in 1965, we've listened intently to loggers like you to tell us how to make your tough job easier. Today, that same customer-inspired commitment to quality lives on in the game-changing productivity and durability of the new L-Series Skidders. Explore the history of John Deere Forestry Skidders and then learn more about the new game-changing L-Series.

1965 John Deere enters the game with the 440 Cable Skidder, boasting 59 HP and more operator comfort for better safety and productivity.

1973 At 145 HP, the 740 becomes Deere's biggest skidder to date. New blade and winch options along with a best-in-class grapple increase productivity.

1983 New model numbers (340,440,448D) distinguish between cable and grapple skidder models. Drivetrain efficiency improvements – over 92% through four gears – increase fuel economy. New oscillation damper stabilizes the grapple, while better bearings increase durability.

1991 E-Series Launch: While others are content to level the playing field, Deere continues to change the game. Sealed, isolation-mounted operators' station reduces engine noise and heat. Electronic monitor provides info on vital machine functions. Wider wheel base increases machine stability. Load- and speed-sensing power steering delivers quick response, while 90 degrees of articulation improves maneuverability.

2008 H-Series Introduction: 6.8L Tier3 engines with Auto Shift reduce emissions and increase productivity. Automatic load detection adjusts and maintains the grapple's clamping force if a load is jarred.

2015 L-Series Introduction: Deere once again changes the game. Heavy-duty axles extend life up to 15,000 hours. Easy-to-use Continuous Variable Transmission delivers more power to the ground and longer engine life. Cycle times of the boom, arch, and grapple are up to 40% faster. Largest grapple is 25% larger.

Source: John Deere