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John Deere updates L-Series wheel loader line at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020

By |  March 11, 2020
John Deere 444L wheel loader

John Deere’s expanded wheel loader lineup includes four new utility models: the 444L (pictured above), 644L, 644L Hybrid and 724L. Photo: John Deere

John Deere displayed its expanded L-Series wheel loader lineup at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020.

The expanded lineup includes four new utility models: the 444L, 644L, 644L Hybrid and 724L – all of which feature increased horsepower when compared to the previous K-Series models, according to Deere.

Designed to maximize productivity, the wheel loaders include a redesigned Z-Bar loader linkage, an ergonomically-designed cab, an updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and electrohydraulic (EH) controls.

“The new L-Series wheel loader line is a culmination of customer feedback, industry-leading innovation and versatile machines that are made to perform in a variety of applications,” says Grant Van Tine, product marketing manager for wheel loaders at John Deere. “Our customers expect machines that work as hard as they do. Having machines that are designed to improve productivity, provide all-day comfort and perform reliably day in and day out makes all the difference.”

According to Deere, the redesigned Z-Bar linkage allows for improved visibility to the front attachment and near parallel lift, which is now 8 degrees, and also improves load leveling throughout the lift cycle. The 724L hinge pin height on the standard Z-Bar was enhanced by 3 in., compared to the previous K-Series model, increasing clearance when dumping into hoppers or trucks.

The redesigned cab features durable seats, increased functional storage and the improved HVAC system. Furthermore, customers can choose either standard or premium cab options to ensure their specific needs are met, and both options have an added three inches of space between the pedals and the seat, compared to the previous models.

In addition, the new EH functionality allows the operator to select how abruptly the bucket or boom stops and can adjust hydraulic flow percentage using the monitor for specific attachments.

Other features include a constant auxiliary flow function that allows the operator to continuously run attachments without having to hold a lever or roller, as well as an optional seat belt monitoring system that sends an alert to JDLink if the seat belt is not latched within 30 seconds of releasing the park brake.


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Zach Mentz

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Zach Mentz is editor in chief of Portable Plants magazine and managing editor for Pit & Quarry magazine. Zach is a graduate of the Tim Russert Department of Communications at John Carroll University. His previous experience also includes time spent in the Cleveland Indians communications department.

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