John Deere updates 944K hybrid wheel loader

By |  October 1, 2018
Other updates include improving operator comfort and increasing uptime, while lowering daily operating costs, the company explains. Photo courtesy of John Deere.

Other updates include improving operator comfort and increasing uptime, while lowering daily operating costs, the company explains. Photo courtesy of John Deere.

John Deere added Final Tier 4 engine technology to its 944K hybrid wheel loader.

The engine addition increases fuel economy from the Interim Tier 4 model. Other updates include improving operator comfort and increasing uptime while lowering daily operating costs, the company says.

“Customers deserve a dependable wheel loader that actively works to minimize downtime and cut down on fuel consumption,” says John Chesterman, product marketing manager, production class four-wheel drive loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “New and exciting features on the 944K provide operators with a comprehensive loader solution that increases productivity, while efficiently managing costs. But we also maintained popular features like standard traction control that automatically limits torque to any wheel when slippage occurs, essentially eliminating runaway tire spin and tire slicing.”

Equipped with a 536-horsepower, Final Tier 4 John Deere PSS 13.5-liter engine, the 944K features 9- to 14- percent lower fuel consumption compared to its IT4 predecessor, the company says.

The engine addition increases fuel economy from the Interim Tier 4 model. Photo courtesy of John Deere

The engine addition increases fuel economy from the Interim Tier 4 model. Photo courtesy of John Deere

Coast control, a feature that gives operator the ability to adjust the aggressiveness of the machine during deceleration with three different settings, was also updated; the higher the setting, the more electric braking. When all three lights are on, the loader will deliver 33 percent more in deceleration performance and an overall extension of service brake life, the company adds.

Other machine modifications include the addition of a heated and ventilated cab seat and, with improved Final Tier 4 technology, operator and bystander noise levels were also lowered. Outside the cab, remote jump-start terminals were added to all 944K FT4 machines in a closed and locked engine compartment. Other updates include a bolted shut engine fan; the consolidation of the engine stop switch and 24-volt electrical disconnect switches on the right side of the machine to provide easier access; and the relocation of the engine block heater plug-in for easier access in colder climates.

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