244K and 324K Wheel Loaders

John Deere

January 20, 2015 - Equipment

<p>244K. <em>Photo courtesy of John Deere</em></p>

John Deere’s 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders are equipped with a Final Tier 4 diesel engine with a two-speed transmission. The 244K delivers 64 hp with top speeds of 19 mph, and the 324K delivers 70 hp with top speeds of 17 mph. Low- and high-speed ranges provide infinitely variable travel speeds from standstill to best-in-class standard speed.

The oscillating stereo steering is the foundation of the compact K-Series models, delivering a smooth turning radius that is up to 20% tighter than comparable loaders, according to the company. This feature ensures faster cycle times and better material retention over rough terrain. The 244K and 324K offer higher tipping load capacities than their J-Series predecessors, and the hydrostatic drivetrain’s infinitely variable range allows the operator to precisely match travel speed. The wheel loaders’ 100% front differential lock is easily activated through a pushbutton on the joystick. In addition, manual low-speed differential lock delivers the traction needed to go deeper into the pile for bigger bucket loads.

The K-Series cabs offer unobstructed views of attachments and the surrounding work area. To enhance operation, the boom, bucket, and forward-neutral-reverse switch are on the same ergonomic, low-effort lever for convenient one-hand control. Other productivity-boosting features include tilt steering, multi-adjustable suspension seat, electronic monitor, and convex mirrors.

A transverse-mounted engine allows for quick and convenient daily servicing. The machines’ extended service intervals, environmentally friendly drains, and sight gauges help minimize maintenance. A maintenance chart helps ensure that nothing gets overlooked.

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