Adding to its heavy-lifting lineup, John Deere has unveiled the 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders.
Both machines are equipped with a Final Tier 4 diesel engine with a two-speed transmission.
Additionally, the machines hit top speeds of 19 mph and 17 mph, respectively. Low- and high-speed ranges provide variable travel speeds from standstill to standard speed for operators.
The K-Series models include oscillating stereo steering, which ensures faster cycle times and material retention over rough terrain.
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.
Compared to their J-Series predecessors, the 244K and 324K include higher tipping load capacities.
The hydrostatic drivetrain’s variable range allows the operator to match the travel speed as well.
The wheel loaders’ front differential lock can be activated through a pushbutton on the joystick. In addition, manual low-speed differential lock delivers traction to go deeper into the pile for bigger bucket loads.
Each boom, bucket and forward-neutral-reverse switch are the same ergonomic lever for one-hand control on the series.
Other features include tilt steering, multi-adjustable suspension seat, electronic monitor and convex mirrors.
The 244K and 344K are compatible with more than 35 available Worksite Pro attachments. An optional pushbutton activated skid-steer style coupler allows operators to connect and release attachments without leaving the seat.