John Deere makes updates to compact wheel loaders

December 26, 2016 -  By

OverallJohn Deere updated its 244K-II and 324K  model compact wheel loaders to include new features and options that increase productivity, visibility, versatility and lower daily operating costs, John Deere said.

“John Deere customers are used to compact wheel loaders that deliver big results, but they wanted even more,” said Doug Laufenberg, product marketing manager for compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “They wanted more power and productivity, so we answered with increased horsepower and higher lift options to not only meet but exceed their demands.”

The new John Deere 244K-II compact wheel loader  is equipped with a 70-hp, EPA Tier 4 Final-certified engine that delivers more power than previous models. The machine combines increased maneuverability, travel speed (17 mph), breakout force, reach and stability, the company said. The machine’s stereo steering delivers a smooth turning radius that’s up to 20 percent tighter than comparable loaders, giving it faster cycle times and better material retention over rough terrain.

The 324K compact wheel loader is now available with a high-lift option. With increased reach and height to hinge pin, the 324K high-lift is adept at dumping into feed mixers and quickly stacking lighter loads. This high-lift configuration enables sure rollback to carry loads without spilling and solid stability of lighter materials.

The 244K-II and 324K are compatible with a variety of Worksite Pro attachments. Both machines feature optional high-flow hydraulics to run heavy-duty attachments, such as snow blowers and cold planers. Additionally, an optional push-button-activated, skid-steer-style coupler allows operators to connect and release attachments without leaving the seat.

With Ultimate Uptime, operators receive pre-delivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JDLink telematics; and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.

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