Two John Deere 50G Excavators scooping dirt in a forest with mountains in the background.
Winter 2022

All About John Deere Excavators and Attachments: The Workhorses of Your Fleet.

They go by many names: excavators, trackhoes, backhoes, diggers and power shovels. But no matter what you call them, one thing is clear — excavators are among the most widely used vehicles on job sites, and for good reason. Your John Deere team is here with information about the excavator's versatility and varied applications. You'll see how John Deere machines are engineered to work harder, smarter and safer — and we'll help you choose the right ones for the job.

From housing developments to highways, farms and landscaping to urban infrastructure projects, excavators are essential to all kinds of construction. With a range of sizes — including compact, mid-size and large — there's a John Deere excavator for every need and budget. Let's take a closer look.

What is an excavator?

Excavators are construction machines with a signature arm, boom and bucket. They're primarily used to dig earth, clear brush and rocks and for heavy hauling. What's more, users can swap out the bucket for a range of attachments, creating a whole host of other uses. We'll cover attachments later.

John Deere 85P-Tier Excavator dumping dirt on a worksite.

85 P-Tier Excavator moving dirt on a worksite.

What are common uses for excavators?

Some of the top excavator applications include:

What makes John Deere excavators so popular?

With quality construction and quick, responsive hydraulics, John Deere excavators are rugged, reliable and dependable. They're the workhorses of any construction fleet, ready to tackle anything from site prep to trench digging and placing pipe. Plus, the expansive John Deere dealer network offers ironclad customer support teams. Each is equipped with service plans, telematics, parts and trained technicians. 

Big performance in every size.

Choose from wheels or tracks, in compact, mid-size and large excavators.

Equipped with the latest innovations.

John Deere excavators feature capabilities like flexible grade management, virtual fencing and overdig protection. It's technology that's designed to minimize rework, maximize uptime and extend machine life.

Machines with grade control make it easier for operators of all levels to optimize efficiency and precision. Choose from several, factory-ready solutions:

    • Flexible 2D/3D Grade Management Solutions
      • Choose your solution based on whatever the job demands: 2D Grade Guidance, 2D Grade Control, 3D Grade Guidance or 3D Grade Control
      • Available as factory installed as well as upgrade kits to adapt at your own pace
      • Arms operators with elevation and position of bucket edge relative to target plane (2D) or design surface (3D)
      • Ideal for precision projects like pipe trenching, sloping or excavating foundations
    • SmartGrade™ for 3D Grade Control
      • Operators can set and hold the grade while controlling the arm
      • Machine automatically controls the boom and bucket
      • Virtual fence lets operators set boundaries and get alerts when the boom and bucket approach them

John Deere attachments help diggers do it all. 

Swap out a John Deere construction bucket for one of many excavator attachments to do even more

    • Plate compactors - for trench-, slope- and excavation-compaction applications
    • Construction hammers - for breaking concrete or rock; concrete flatwork; preparing dirt for concrete pads and fencing
    • Rotary cutters - for clean cutting and maximum material shredding
    • Mulching heads - knife-style cutting teeth in a spiral-tooth pattern for clearing felled trees and brush in hard-to-access areas
    • engcon® Tiltrotators - for tight spaces, enable attachments to rotate 360 degrees and tilt up to 45 degrees
    • Planetary drive augers - for drilling and digging holes, great for mini excavators

How do you choose the right John Deere excavator for the job?

You'll want to size your excavator to the scope of the project. This will help get the work done quickly and cost-effectively. Some factors to consider:

    • Size of the workspace
    • Task(s): such as dig depth, required dump height and distance, bucket size vs bucket precision
    • Terrain: wheels are best for harder surfaces, tracks are for uneven or muddy surfaces

Whether you're acquiring your first machine or adding to a fleet, there's a John Deere excavator that's perfect for you. Here's a look at our full line of excavator models.


10.8 kW (14.5 hp)

2.19 m (7 ft. 2 in.)

1,720 kg (3,790 lb)

14.9 kW (20 hp)

2.59 m (8 ft. 6 in.)

2,770 kg (6,110 lb.)

17.4 kW (23 hp)

2.79 m (9 ft. 2 in)

3,275 kg (7,220 lb.)

17.4 kW (23.3 hp)

3.06 m (10 ft. 0 in.)

3,690 kg (8,135 lb.)

26.8 kW (35.9 hp)

3.53 m (11 ft. 7 in.)

4,920 kg (10,847 lb.)

39.6 kW (53 hp)

3.77 m (12 ft. 4 in.)

6,180 kg (13,620 lb.)


50.4 kW (67.6 hp)

4.65 m (15 ft. 3 in.)

8418-8766 kg (18,559-19,326 lb.)

50.4 kW (67.6 hp)

4.53 m (14 ft. 10 in.)

8726–9206 kg (19,238–20,296 lb.)

73 kW (98 hp)

6.03 m (19 ft. 9 in.)

13 407 kg (29,531 lb.)

75 kW (101 hp)

5.98 m (20 ft. 0 in.)

14 300–15 400 kg (31,526–33,951 lb.)

90 kW (122 hp)

6.49 m (21 ft. 4 in.)

17 945 kg (39,526 lb.)

129 kW (173 hp)

5.83 m (19 ft. 2 in.)

19,700–20,500 kg (43,431–45,300 lb.)

109 kW (146 hp)

7.07 m (23 ft. 2 in.)

20 507 kg (45,170 lb.)

119 kW (159 hp)

6.67 m (21 ft. 11 in.)

23 560 kg (51,940 lb.)

119 kW (159 hp)

6.62 m (21 ft. 8 in.)

25,800 kg (56,830 lb.)

140 kw (188 hp)

7.61 m (25 ft. 0 in.)

27 500 kg (60,600 lb.)

166 kW (223 hp)

7.87 m (25 ft. 10 in.)

31 150 kg (68,674 lb.)

186 kW (249 hp)

7.57 m (24 ft. 10 in.)

35,700 kg (78,710 lb.)

202 kW (271 hp)

8.18 m (26 ft. 10 in.)

36,734 kg (80,985 lb.)

202 kW (271 hp)

8.18 m (26 ft. 10 in.)

38,765 kg (85,462 lb.)


274 kW (367 hp)

7.77-8.27 m (25 ft. 6 in.–27 ft. 2 in.)

51,218 kg (112,916 lb.)

345 kW (463 hp)

9.15 m (30 ft. 0 in.)

69,900 kg (154,103 lb.)

382 kW (512 hp)

7.14–11.16 m (23 ft. 5 in.–36 ft. 7 in.)

85,600 kg (188,716 lb.)

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