John Deere releases next phase of P-Tier dozers

By |  February 27, 2024
The new P-Tier dozers from John Deere were upgraded with versatility and efficiency in mind. Photo: John Deere

The new P-Tier dozers from John Deere were upgraded with versatility and efficiency in mind. Photo: John Deere

John Deere introduced the 950 P-Tier and 1050 P-Tier dozers, which were previously in the market as the 950K and 1050K.

“John Deere is dedicated to providing its customers with large dozer options that fit the needs of every jobsite, and the new P-Tier machines offer the durability and reliability our customers demand from machines of this size class,” says Matt Costello, product marketing manager at John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The 950 P-Tier and 1050 P-Tier dozer models were updated with the customer in mind, helping them increase efficiency, visibility and gradeability in even the most demanding conditions.”

With its dozer design enhancements, John Deere aimed to improve operator safety, visibility on jobs, and uptime.


Now equipped with standard LEDs, John Deere says operator efficiency is improved in nighttime or low-light operations. Also helping to improve uptime, the cold weather hydraulic lines are specially tailored for operations in cold climates. The hoses, which replace the standard option, are rated for lower temperatures to ensure smooth hydraulic function in harsh winter and weather conditions. Also, the cab of the 950 P-Tier and 1050 P-Tier can be tilted for easy serviceability access under the cab.

Additionally, the company’s Operator Presence System ensures an operator is present in the seat of the cab – with the seat belt fastened – before the park break can be released. The P-Tier system also integrates the park brake switch into the system status monitor, eliminating the need for traditional park lock levers.

Enhancing operator comfort and functionality, John Deere says both dozer models feature a heated and ventilated seat option, which is air suspended with adjustment controls for optimal ergonomics. The seat design remains at a 15-degree angle to provide optimal comfort when operating the rear ripper.

An updated cab, meanwhile, features new ergonomic controls, neutral counter rotate and an integrated forward-neutral-reverse switch. The company says this ergonomic focus ensures operators can work for extended periods with reduced physical strain, helping to enhance productivity on jobsites.

In terms of power, the 1050 P-Tier dozer features a revamped JD14 (13.6-liter) engine, which replaces the 13.5-liter engine in the 1050K. The JD14 enhances durability, reduces fuel consumption and uses a single canister in the aftertreatment system to meet emission regulations without the need for a diesel particulate filter, according to John Deere.

On the 1050 P-Tier, the cooling system is redesigned with a single-plane layout, positioning coolers side by side instead of stacked. John Deere says the new design not only improves cooling efficiency, but simplifies cleaning access.

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