Posted January 8, 2015

New Compact Wheel Loaders from John Deere

John Deere introduces the 244K and 324K Compact Wheel Loaders, designed to increase productivity, visibility, versatility and lower daily operating costs. The machines combine maneuverability, travel speed, breakout force, reach and stability, the company says.

jd cwl 324The 244K (64 hp) and 324K (70 hp) are equipped with a Final Tier 4 diesel engine with a two-speed transmission, with top speeds of 19 mph and 17 mph respectively. Low- and high-speed ranges provide infinitely variable travel speeds from standstill to best-in-class standard speed.

The oscillating stereo steering is the foundation of the compact K-Series models, delivering a smooth turning radius that is up to 20 percent tighter than comparable loaders. This feature ensures faster cycle times and better material retention over rough terrain. The 244K and 324K offer higher tipping load capacities than their J-Series predecessors and the hydrostatic drivetrain’s infinitely variable range allows the operator to precisely match travel speed. The wheel loaders’ 100 percent front differential lock is easily activated through a pushbutton on the joystick. In addition, manual low-speed differential lock delivers the traction needed to go deeper into the pile for bigger bucket loads.

The K-Series cabs are comfortably equipped and offer unobstructed views of attachments and the surrounding work area. To enhance operation, the boom, bucket, and forward-neutral-reverse switch are on the same ergonomic, low-effort lever for convenient one-hand control. Other productivity-boosting features include tilt steering, multi-adjustable suspension seat, electronic monitor, and convex mirrors.

A transverse-mounted engine allows for quick and convenient daily servicing to keep operating costs at a minimum and to maximize uptime. The machines’ extended service intervals, environmentally friendly drains, and sight gauges help minimize maintenance. Equipped with a convenient maintenance chart helps ensure that nothing gets overlooked.

The 244K and 344K are compatible with more than 35 available Worksite Pro attachments for optimal jobsite performance. An optional pushbutton activated skid-steer style coupler allows operators to connect and release attachments quickly, without leaving the seat.