John Deere’s latest production loaders are focused on improving operator comfort, the company says.
The new models include the 744L, 824L and 844L, each of which are designed to handle demanding tasks and production applications. The new models are more powerful than their predecessors by up to 9 percent. Here’s how horsepower ratings break down on the new machines:
- 744L: 315 hp from a 9.0-liter engine
- 824L: 343 hp from a 9L engine
- 844L: 417 hp from a 13.5L engine
- 844L Aggregate Handler package: 429 hp from a 13.5L engine
Deere says that the 844L Agg Handler package enables the machine to tackle two-pass loading and material-moving jobs. The new lineup also includes Log Handler and Pipe Handler configurations for the 744L and 844L.
Deere says one of the most notable features of these loaders is the new, roomier cab. Offering three more inches of legroom, the cab has the following:
- Heated, ventilated seat with pan and tilt
- Door that is 79 percent wider for easier entrance and exit
- Behind-seat storage
- Backup camera
- Premium radio
- Automatic climate control
- Power-adjusted exterior mirrors
- CB radio ready
Upgrades to the machines’ HVAC system include a relocation of the AC unit itself and a brushless fan motor for increased airflow.
Joystick steering is standard, further improving cab room, but customers can choose to add a steering wheel. New is a dedicated steering pump that Deere says provides quicker hydraulic cycle times for combined functions. The bucket lever has two programmable multifunction buttons.
New electrohydraulic (EH) controls are an available option and increase operator comfort, Deere says. The EH controls feature soft stop, which gradually brings the boom or bucket to a stop when either the kickout position is reached, or when the operator releases the control. The controls also bring the return to dig feature, which can be activated with the bucket dumped out or rolled back.
A new factory coupler is an available option on the 724L and 824L loaders. The coupler is available with multiple attachments, including four production buckets and two fork frames in two tine lengths.
Deere says that it significantly updated hose routing and plumbing on these machines to increase uptime. On the 824L specifically, Deere says it replaced 146 feet of hoses with 125 feet of steel tubing. The axles on the new machines are now more durable as well. Deere also added more retention points to the routing of the electrical harnesses and hydraulic hoses to reducing rubbing.