John Deere adds new compact wheel loaders to lineup

Updated Dec 13, 2017
Optional ride control cuts material spillage and provides smoother rides over rough terrain. Photo: John DeereOptional ride control cuts material spillage and provides smoother rides over rough terrain.
Photo: John Deere

John Deere says its new compact wheel loaders are built for landscapers and are designed to increase productivity and uptime while lowering operating costs.

The 204L and 304L compact wheel loaders are an evolution from the 204K and 304K models. The L-Series can handle work in small spaces and over difficult terrain.

“We’re packing more productivity and efficiency into the wheel loader with the release of our L-Series models,” said Drew Miller, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Perfect for year-round use, these workhorses were designed to take on tough jobs from warmer summer months to snowy winter conditions, while enabling the use of a versatile attachments portfolio when you need them.”

Both equipped with Tier 4 Final Yanmar engines, the 204L has 62 horsepower while the 304L has 67 horsepower. Hydrostatic transmissions help keep the noise down while providing the power needed to be productive.

The 204L machine height is adjustable to less than 8 feet for jobs when there are overhead space constraints.

There is also an optional ride control that makes the ride smoother over bumpy terrain and reduces material spillage. Front and rear differential locks automatically activate to increase traction in poor conditions.

Operators can also choose between having an enclosed cab or an open station. The interior cooling system has been improved for keeping the user comfortable during the warmer months.

The new models offer extended service intervals for engine oil/filter, final drives oil and hydraulic oil. Maintenance points are ground-level accessible and hydraulically released, self-adjusting park and service brakes provide safer machine upkeep.

The wheel loaders can use over 100 of John Deere’s Worksite Pro attachments. The auxiliary hydraulic control for attachments has been moved to the primary joystick in response customer and dealer feedback.

An optional LED lighting package is also available to increase productivity in low light conditions. For more information, click here.

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