John Deere 17G Compact Excavator

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Dig this big “small” idea.

Working within close lot lines and tight deadlines, you need to get the most from your “mini” machine. Enter the John Deere 17G Compact Excavator, designed to deliver big productivity and outsized versatility. We’ve enhanced our mini diggers to boast impressive lift capacity and breakout forces, with the same proven standard and optional features you’ve come to expect from John Deere compact construction equipment.

With operating weights ranging from 1.7 to 6 metric tons, our G-Series Mini Excavators pack powerful might. From variable-width undercarriage and foldable blades to standard climate-controlled cabs, we have a model that’s right for every job – including yours. So go ahead. Try this mini on for size and see just how big small can be.

Contact us today for more information on the John Deere 17G Compact Excavator, and see why Van Wall has been proudly providing the Midwest with quality compact excavators for over 70 years!

  • Net Power: 14.5 hp (10.8 kW)
  • Maximum Digging Depth: 7 Ft 2 In. (2.19 M)
  • Operating Weight: 3,790 Lbs (1,720 kg)

Change attachments quickly with mechanical coupler

John Deere 17G Compact Excavator AttachmentsThink of changing attachments as a system. With the quick connect auxiliary couplers and the manual quick coupler for attachments, changeover to the next attachment is quick with minimal downtime. When using hydraulic attachments, the auxiliary selector valve lets you quickly choose between attachment one-way and two-way flows.

  • John Deere augers can be equipped with numerous sizes of rock, heavy-duty, standard, and tree/shrub bits.
  • Hydraulic hammers are perfect for quarry or trench work and concrete removal. Use them to break rock, concrete flatwork, and walls; around rebar; or to precut line.
  • The clamp, sometimes referred to as a thumb, can be used in conjunction with buckets. This aids in the removal of material if it is bulky and does not fit into the bucket completely.
  • Compact excavators use common buckets and attachments that customers who own other John Deere compact machines may already have in their fleets.

Increase efficiency with standard backfill blade

John Deere 17G Compact Excavator BackfillMake a sizable impact on your productivity and profitability with the backfill blade. The backfill blade can be used to level and backfill trenches. It is the same width as the undercarriage width. The blade can add versatility by using the blade and bucket to clamp and carry pipe, rocks, or other bulky items.

  • Backfill blade adds versatility, enabling these compact excavators to grade and fill.
  • Provides extra stability with attachments or when working on uneven terrain.
  • The blade can be manually retracted to navigate narrow pathways and tight quarters.

A more spacious operator’s station with a wider entryway and unsurpassed visibility

John Deere 17G Compact Excavator Operator StationWith large entryways and virtually unrestricted sightlines, the G-Series’ spacious operator stations deliver all the comfort, convenience, and visibility operators need to bring out their best. Their ergonomically designed operator stations are built to accommodate even larger operators.

  • Spacious operator stations have wide entryways, making entrance and exit easier than ever.
  • A slip-resistant entry is provided for safe access to the operator’s seat.
  • Foldable travel pedals increase foot and leg room.
  • A suspension seat is standard from the factory.
  • All controls are conveniently located to the operator’s right, including the optional radio.
  • Pilot control levers enable an operator to control the boom, bucket, arm, and swing functions.
  • Control pattern selector valve is conveniently located in a compartment beneath the seat and includes a sight glass that displays the selected pattern.

Ground level daily service with extended maintenance intervals

John Deere 17G Compact Excavator MaintenanceExtended maintenance intervals enable the machine to remain working for longer periods of productive work before the need to service. This greatly increases uptime and productivity of the unit. Hinged door provides wide-open access to the side-by-side oil cooler, radiator, and battery. Cooler design resists trash buildup and allows easier core cleanout. Access is quick and convenient.

  • Extended oil change and greasing intervals contribute to low daily operating costs.
  • Oil impregnated front joint bushings allow the unit to extend grease intervals. Not only does it increase the time between greasing of the unit, this greatly reduces the chances of a problem occurring due to improper maintenance causing downtime to the operation.
  • The additional service door allows the operator and technician better access to components during daily service checks and routine maintenance for improved uptime.
  • Parts and service are available at over 1,400 John Deere dealers throughout North America.
  • Wet disc swing brake provides long-term maintenance-free performance.
  • No aftertreatment devices needed, reducing maintenance and expense.
  • A track adjuster is located in each track frame and can be adjusted using a standard high pressure grease gun.

Navigate narrow pathways and tight quarters with expandable undercarriage

John Deere 17G Compact Excavator UndercarriageThe standard variable-width undercarriage can be hydraulically retracted to navigate narrow pathways and tight quarters, then easily repositioned for solid stability to work where handwork used to be required. The X-frame undercarriage is similar to that of larger excavators and it is designed to shed dirt and debris from the track frames.

  • Proven undercarriage frame.
  • Improved tie-downs on blade and undercarriage.
  • A track adjuster is located in each track frame and can be adjusted using a standard high pressure grease gun.
  • Tie-downs are provided so loading and transporting of the machine can be done quickly.
  • All models have a rear tie-down on the rear of the X-frame.


Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar

Number of Cylinders: 3

Displacement: 61 Cu In. (0.99 L)

Rated Speed: 2,400 RPM

Engine Output, Net: 14.5 hp (10.8 kW)

Track Shoe Width: 9 In. (230 mm)


Transport Length, Mono Boom: 11 Ft 6 In. (3,500 mm)

Overall Undercarriage Width: 3 Ft 3 In. (980 mm)

Track Length On Ground: 4 Ft (1,210 mm)

Overall Undercarriage Length: 5 Ft 2 In. (1,570 mm)

Tailswing Radius: 2 Ft 3 In. (680 mm)

Ground Clearance: 6 In. (165 mm)

Dozer Blade Height: 10.2 In. (260 mm)

Digging Reach, Mono Boom: 12 Ft 6 In. (3,810 mm)

Dig Height, Mono Boom: 11 Ft 7 In. (3,540 mm)

Dump Height, Mono Boom: 8 Ft 3 In. (2,510 mm)

Dig Depth, Mono Boom: 7 Ft 2 In. (2,190 mm)

Standard Arm: 3 Ft 1 In. (930 mm)


Fuel Tank: 5.3 U.S. Gal. (20.06 L)

Hydraulic Tank: 3.7 U.S. Gal. (14.01 L)

Number of Batteries: 1

Voltage: 12 V


Ground Bearing Pressure: 3.9 PSI (26.6 kPa)

Swing Speed: 9.4 RPM

Travel Speed – High: 2.6 MPH (4.2 kph)

Arm Tearout: 1,933 Lbf (8.6 kN)

Bucket Breakout: 3,597 Lbf (16 kN)

Total Flow: 10.2 U.S. Gal./Min. (38.4 L/Min.)


Operating Weight: 3,790 Lbs (1,720 kg)

17G Compact Excavator