John Deere’s newest compact machines, the 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders, deliver features specifically requested by the company’s customers, says Doug Laufenberg, product marketing manager for compact wheel loaders.
The loaders, which offer a range of improvements when compared to their predecessors, the J-Series models, feature tight turning, standard shift on fly two speed and higher hydraulic flow increase for attachments.
Both the 244K and the 324K have a Tier 4 final diesel engine with a two-speed transmission, and low- and high-speed ranges deliver infinitely variable travel speeds from standstill to standard speed. The 244K delivers 64 horsepower at 2,400 rpm with 10,792 pounds of breakout force and an 8,183-pound full-turn tipping load. The 324K delivers 70 horsepower at 2,400 rpm, with 12,364 pounds of breakout force and a 9,766-pound full-turn tipping load. The machines feature bucket capacities of 1.0 to 1.4 and 1.4 to 2.0 cubic yards, respectively.
Deere says the units’ oscillating stereo steering delivers a smooth turning radius that is up to 20 percent tighter than comparable models, boosting both cycle times and material retention when working in rough terrain. The K-Series models also offer higher tipping load capacities than their predecessors, and the hydrostatic drivetrain’s infinitely variable range enables the operator to precisely match travel speed. A 100 percent front differential lock activates via a joystick pushbutton, and manual low-speed differential lock provides traction for large bucket loads.
Cab features include unobstructed attachment views, tilt steering, an adjustable suspension seat, electronic monitor and convex mirrors. Also, the boom, bucket and forward/neutral/reverse switch are all located on the same lever, enabling one-hand control.
Serviceability is achieved through a transverse-mounted engine, extended service intervals, environmentally friendly drains and sight gauges. The machines are compatible with more than 35 attachments.