John Deere’s 850 L Smart Grade Dozer joins the fleet in October and we are so excited to get it on job sites! According to Equipment World, “The SmartGrade system is the latest evolution of the technology that uses digital site plans and GPS to automatically set the blade height to the finished grade, thus eliminating most survey stakes and grade checks on earthmoving sites.” But wait! Caliper has been using this kind of technology for years, so what’s different? This dozer has all of the GPS technology built into the tractor so there is no longer a large GPS receiver attached to the rear, making it even easier to maneuver around the job sites. The John Deere 850L Smart Dozer uses Topcon’s 3D MC2 grade control system and all components are well protected within the machine and out of the way of the operator.