The 210L EP and 210L are the newest members of the John Deere L-Series lineup. Joining their backhoe brethren, which were introduced last month, the company says its new tractor loaders boast several customer-inspired improvements useful for earthwork, roadwork, land clearing and landscaping operations.
“These machines aren’t just modified backhoes. The 210L EP and 210L are purpose built for tractor loader owners and their unique applications,” says Brian Hennings, product marketing manager, backhoes and tractor loaders, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “We’re seeing these machines being used more and more outside the West Coast. Their versatility sets them apart on the job site.”
The L-Series meets today’s emission regulations with a Tier 4 Final PowerTech Plus diesel engine on the 210L (93 horsepower) and a certified Tier 4 Interim/Stage III B John Deere PowerTech E engine on the 210L EP (70 horsepower). Both models have a four-speed PowerShift transmission that allows smooth no-clutch fingertip shifting and direction changes for fast work cycles.
Depending on intended use, each tractor loader model can be equipped with a canopy or an optional four-season air-conditioned/heated cab. Inside the cab, updates were made to improve comfort and visibility. These include a larger right-hand armrest and increased seat rotation up to 70 degrees (20 left and 50 right) for a better view of the box blade and easier entry and exit from the cab. The tractor loaders also boast a new fender design and improved lighting scheme.
An easy-view monitor displays important operating information while the new “palm-on-top” loader-control grip increases operator comfort and provides exclusive fingertip control of clutch disconnect momentary mechanical-front-wheel drive (MFWD) and other loader functions. On-the-fly MFWD can be engaged to give extra traction in poor site conditions or to move heavy loads. An optional limited-slip front axle delivers 65 percent of available power to the tire with the best traction for true all-wheel-drive pulling power.
A new hitch design makes it easier to position the box blade over the pile for added versatility and productivity. Optional dual-tilt rear hydraulic cylinders provide greater three-point side-to-side hitch control of rear attachments. Both the 210L EP and 210L can also be outfitted with a quick-coupler to accept numerous attachments. The integral three-point hitch and optional power takeoff (PTO) accommodate a variety of Category 2 tools, such as disks, mowers, blades and box scrapers. Two rear ballast-weight packages (700 and 1,500 pounds) increase versatility in various loader applications.
Same-side ground-level service points help speed daily checks. A two-position tilt hood provides same-side ground-level access to engine and transmission dipsticks, engine-oil fill, fuel and air filters and coolant reservoir. The fuel fill area is also nearby.