John Deere has redesigned its L-Series compact wheel loader models, introducing the 244L and 324L, which are ideal for landscape/snow removal, agricultural material handling, and construction tasks.
The Articulation Plus steering system on the 244L and 324L provides operators a combination of lift capacity and maneuverability. This feature includes an articulated frame plus rear-wheel steer, providing excellent full-turn tip load and stability with a tight turning radius.
Newly optimized linkage provides improved parallel lifting, with only 6 degrees of rollback. The 244L achieves an 8-foot, 3-inch full-lift dump height and a full-turn tip load of 8,157 lbs., while the 324L with high lift reaches a 10 foot, 3-inch height; standard lift is capable of a full-turn top load of 9,766 lbs.
To increase productivity, the new models allow operators to move faster without having to manually shift the machine. A smooth auto shift hydrostatic transmission is coupled with an automatic two-speed gearbox, which provides a faster travel speed of up to 23 mph — a 21% increase in speed over the K-Series models. Both models are equipped with 73 hp Final Tier 4 engines.
A redesigned cab includes better visibility to the loader arm and bucket. An optional air ride, high-back operator seat ensures a smooth ride.
For greater uptime, a rear enclosure provides better debris management, while a revamped cooling package improves air flow. This is ideal for tasks that require longer run times in high airborne debris applications, such as agriculture and light material handling.