Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Model Engine Horsepower Net HP Operating Weight Bucket Breakout Force Lifting Capacity At Full Height Max. Travel Speed Forward (Reverse) Turning Radius 204L 61 hp 11,806 lbs 9,190 lbs 8,157 lbs 12 mph (12 mph) 13 ft, 11 in. 244K-II 70 hp 12,060 lbs 10,792 lbs 8,962 lbs 18.6 mph (18.6 mph) 11 ft, 6 in. 304L 65 hp 12,778 lbs 11,839 lbs 9,171 lbs 12 mph (12 mph) 14 ft, 8 in. 324K 70 hp 14,087 lbs 12,364 lbs 10,692 lbs 17.4 mph (17.4 mph) 12 ft, 5 in. 344L 103 hp 19,533 lbs 16,411 lbs 13,845 lbs 24.9 mph (24.9 mph) 14 ft, 7 in. John Deere Five Mighty Compact Wheel Loaders johndeere.com Advice to Buyers "First, decide if you need an enclosed cab or open operator station, and if there are any size limitations on the job- site that will eliminate certain models from consideration," says Drew Miller, John Deere product marketing manager. "Articulating loaders are pow- erful tools for a jobsite. Be sure to review the full turn tip load, operating capacity and attachment options to under- stand how machine capabili - ties vary." F or over 30 years, John Deere has been offering compact wheel loaders to handle a variety of jobsite conditions. Entering the compact wheel loader market in 1987, John Deere still offers small but mighty machines that are an attractive alternative to skid steers for loading trucks or placing pallets on trailers. John Deere compact wheel loader offerings have recently grown with the addition of the 204L and 304L models, and the 344L with Articulation Plus, further expanding its portfo- lio of nimble machinery for multiple jobsite applications. An evolution of the 204K and 304K models, the new 204L and 304L models are built for tasks that require peak productivity in small spaces and over rough ter- rain. These new L-Series models offer a purpose-built, standard-equipped, two-post canopy to provide quick entrance/exit to a weatherproof interior. A low machine profile below 8 ft enables easy access to close quarters. These machines reach top speeds of 12 mph, offering great reach for loading and a height to hinge pin of 11 ft, 1 in. An oscillating pivot point reduces operator station tilt for a more stable ride. Electrical systems are designed to minimize wires and connections to provide easier serviceability and increase durability and uptime. Another new addition to the compact wheel loader lineup this year, the 344L of- fers faster travel speeds with smooth auto shift technol- ogy up to 25 mph, ideal for customers who have larger jobsites to traverse or for snow removal. Newly de- signed loader arms and cou- plers provide better parallel lifting of attachments and increased visibility, especial- ly for operators using forks. With a full-turn tip load of 12,650 lbs, customers are able to lift heavier loads and can keep more material in the bucket without making adjustments. A redesigned cab features a comfortable air-ride, high-back seat to reduce operator fatigue and heating features. The 344L offers Articula- tion Plus, the industry-ex - clusive steering system that is also the foundation of the 244K-II and 324K models, allowing operators to lift more during turns than lead - ing competitive machines, says John Deere. Its design features an articulated frame plus rear-wheel steer, providing a tighter turning radius, improved stability and ad- ditional lift capacity. In addition, manual low-speed differential lock delivers the traction needed to go deeper into the pile for bigger bucket loads. The 324K offers the highest lift in its size-class, reaching a hinge pin height of 148 in. with a high- lift package option, says John Deere. Increased clearance-to-lift features are ideal for speed hoppers and agricultural material handling. Most models are compatible with almost 100 John Deere Worksite Pro attach- ments. An optional push-button activated skid steer-style coupler allows operators to connect and release attachments quickly, without leaving the seat. www.compactequip.com 119 W H E E L L O A D E R S

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