To improve productivity and durability for its customers, John Deere has introduced several changes to its two largest dozers, the 950K and 1050K models. All of the alterations are based on customer feedback and are specifically designed to improve ride quality and boost effectiveness. New undercarriage options and updated blade offerings add to the strong history of productivity and innovation seen in John Deere dozer offerings.
“Our time spent on customer sites has allowed us to confidently design an undercarriage for the 1050K that drastically improves operability and productivity on rough terrain,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager, John Deere. “With the updates to the 950K and 1050K machines, such as the Extended Life undercarriage life option, we’re delivering increased machine uptime while also significantly enhancing the operator experience.”
Let’s take a look at all of the updates that have been made to the 950K and 1050K models, as well as what customers can expect from these John Deere dozers.
Enhanced Track Frame
The suspended double-bogie track frame on the 1050K improves ride quality for customers, and it’s instantly noticeable right from the start. Featuring a second layer of bogies, new isolators, and refined geometry, the 1050K itself delivers more durability than ever before, and a smoother ride that reduces overall fatigue.
Extended Life Option
Customers can opt for the Extended Life undercarriage option for either the 950K or 1050K model. This feature comes with the John Deere-exclusive SC-2™-coated track chain bushings that provide up to twice the wear life of standard bushings, significantly increasing machine uptime.
The 1050K comes with a Semi-U blade that features a more productive profile. It increases capacity with improved roll performance and standard cast end bits. The Semi-U blade also reduces material plugging and carries more dirt where it needs to go with every pass, enhancing overall productivity on the job.
The new factory stockpiling configuration for the 950K offers specialized sheet metal guarding to boost protection from material spilling over the blade and falling through the horizontal hood perforations and grille. A special high-debris cooling package also comes with this configuration, and the exterior hoses on both machines have been upgraded. This boosts flexibility and extended durability, especially in cold weather.
If you have any questions about the 950K or 1050K dozer updates, you can contact your local John Deere dealer.