John Deere expands lineup of compact wheel loader models for utilities sector

(UI) – Addressing the needs of customers looking for compact solutions that provide enhanced maneuverability, stability and power, John Deere expanded its Performance Tiering offerings with a shift from L-Series to P-Tier for the 244, 324 and 344 Compact Wheel Loader models.

John Deere's new P-Tier compact wheel loader

The new P-Tier compact wheel loaders will carry overall L-Series features and will introduce new productivity-enhancing qualities, including standard ride control in base models and optional factory-installed features, including an auto-reversing fan option. Additional optional features include attachment assist controls, which include integrated electrical (three-pin) controls for attachments and combined creep control and throttle lock.

Previously offered as an optional upgrade on L-Series models, ride control is now standard on all P-Tier compact wheel loaders. Ideal for customers moving materials over long distances, or on hard surfaces, ride control cushions boom movements during transport, acting like a shock absorber to help minimize material spillage. Increasing operator comfort and productivity, this feature is applied with a flip of a switch in the cab and can be set to automatically engage and disengage at a predetermined speed.

In addition, P-Tier compact wheel loaders continue to feature industry-exclusive Articulation Plus, which enables rear-wheel steering to increase full-turn tipping load and improve maneuverability. This steering system combines 30 degrees of standard articulation with an additional 10 degrees of rear-wheel steering. Articulation Plus also provides a significantly higher full-turn tipping load than machines without this feature, as the machine does not need to articulate as much to turn. This feature results in a significantly tighter turning radius than comparatively sized loaders without Articulation Plus.

Designed to provide increased ease of use for operators when utilizing attachments, the upgraded combined creep control and throttle lock found within the attachment assist controls package allows customers to run their machines with higher RPMs and lower ground speeds with overall fewer manual inputs. An enhanced pause and resume function means that reactivating the feature after a change in direction or switch to neutral is seamless as well.

An additional feature now offered on P-Tier compact wheel loaders is an optional auto-reversing fan, which is an easy-to-use solution for customers operating on sites with an abundance of debris or dust. This solution is also ideal for applications in agriculture, aggregates and site development. To increase operator convenience, the fan can be turned on and off from the console in the cab. The operator can also control the fan’s time intervals by holding down the switch, making for an automated convenience during operation, keeping the operator focused on the job at hand.

“As we continue to make the shift from past generation machines to our current generation of Performance Tiering models, we aim to keep the same features our customers know and trust on the L-Series models, with the added benefits of new productivity enhancements only available on the P-Tier machines,” said Luke Gribble, Solutions Marketing Manager for John Deere.


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