August 14, 2015

Machine Configuration Made Simple

The new game-changing John Deere L-Series Skidders are designed to be easy to use and operator friendly. Using the monitor, the machine owner can adjust machine- and operator-specific settings to best suit the needs of the application and the operator.

Machine settings. Operators can adjust global settings for the skidder, including security PINs; fan-reversal, auto-idle, and auto-shutdown intervals; language mode; and system of measurement.

Security. A PIN can be assigned to each operator. When an operator logs in, the machine recalls that operator's specific settings (see next section).

Fan-reversal intervals. The reversing fan can be set to activate at 15-, 20-, 30-, 45-, or 60-minute intervals – or manually as necessary at the push of a button – to reduce core-clogging buildup, depending on the amount of dust and debris in the work environment.

Auto-idle and auto-shutdown intervals. Auto-idle can be set to engage from as soon as 10 seconds up to as long as after 15 minutes of inactivity. Auto-shutdown can be set to engage from one minute up to as long as 60 minutes. This reduces engine wear and fuel consumption.

Language mode. Choose English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, or German.

System of measurement. Select metric or English.

Operator-specific configurations. Operators can fine-tune ground-speed ranges, transmission and hydraulic aggressiveness, and joysticks to personal preferences. Up to 10 operator-specific configurations can be saved. When an operator enters his or her specific PIN, it calls up his or her specific settings.

Ground-speed settings. The maximum of each of the six ground-speed ranges can be adjusted to operator preference, depending on ground conditions and operator experience.

Transmission aggressiveness. Operators can tune how rapidly the machine accelerates, decelerates, and reverses – from quick and aggressive to slow and smooth. The operator can set the response so it is similar to the transmission he or she is used to. For example, high aggressiveness will feel similar to a hydrostat, whereas medium aggressiveness will seem more like a torque converter.

Boom and arches. The operator can swap the boom and arch controls on the joystick to match what they are used to. The axes can also be inverted so moving the joystick forward (instead of backward, which is the default) lowers the arch. And the axes can be set to invert when the seat is rotated. For example, the operator may want to push the joystick consistently toward the engine to complete a function, regardless of the direction the seat is facing.

Tong-button mapping. Tong functions – including open, close, and rotate – can be assigned to any of the buttons on the right-hand joystick, according to personal preference.

Hydraulic-function aggressiveness. Operators can adjust the aggressiveness of the joystick to be snappier and more responsive or more forgiving, depending on their comfort level or experience.