John Deere expands the L-Series Wheel Loader lineup with four new utility models, the 444L, 644L, 644L Hybrid, and 724L. The new wheel loaders incorporate several customer-driven improvements to boost performance and productivity, including a redesigned Z-Bar loader linkage; an updated, ergonomically designed cab; electrohydraulic controls; and a more robust heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
The new wheel loaders were designed to maximize productivity. Horsepower has been increased from the previous K-Series models on the 644L, 644L Hybrid, and 724L, boasting 249 hp, 231 hp, and 268 hp, respectively.
The redesigned Z-Bar linkage provides improved visibility to the front attachment and near parallel lift, which is now 8 degrees. A change from previous models, this improves load leveling throughout the lift cycle. Additionally, the 724L hinge pin height on the standard Z-Bar was enhanced by 3 inches compared to the K-Series machine, increasing clearance when dumping into hoppers or trucks.
The all-new cab features functional storage, durable seats, and an improved HVAC system. Customers can choose one of two cab options — standard or premium. Both options deliver three more inches of room between the pedals and the seat compared to the previous models. The standard cab features a deluxe cloth and air suspension seat, while the premium cab is equipped with a heated and ventilated heavy-duty air suspension seat. The premium cab also features automatic temperature control. The updated and relocated HVAC controls are easily reached, so the operator can adjust the blower speed or temperature with ease, while rear defrost improves cold weather visibility.