John Deere has recently introduced the 244K and 324K, the latest additions to its line of compact wheel loaders. The new models were designed, according to the company's product marketing manager, Doug Laufenberg, in response to certain specific requests made by customers, and as a result feature several improvements over their predecessors in the J series.
"The 244K and 324K are multifaceted machines that combine outstanding maneuverability, travel speed, breakout force, reach and stability to tackle tasks other machines can't," said Laufenberg. "Customers asked and John Deere responded with tight turning, standard shift on fly two speed, and higher hydraulic flow increase for attachments on these new models."
The 324K has 70 hp and a top speed of 19 mph, and the 244K 64 hp and 17 mph. They are both equipped with a Final Tier 4 diesel engine with a two-speed transmission, which is mounted transversally for easy service access, and have oscillating stereo steering that provides tight maneuverability and smooth turning. This ensures a high degree of material retention, even on rough terrain.
The cabs offer completely unobstructed views of the loaders' surroundings and feature a single ergonomic lever to control the boom, bucket and forward-neutral-reverse switch. An adjustable suspension seat, convex mirrors, an electronic monitor and tilt steering also help boost the loaders' productivity. The new models have environmentally friendly drains and sight gauges to minimize maintenance.
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John Deere has introduced new compact wheel loaders to replace its J series.