L-Series wheel loaders debut from John Deere

By |  August 15, 2019
The new L-Class machines are more powerful than the previous models, with an increase of up to 9 percent in horsepower. Photo courtesy of John Deere

The new L-Class machines are more powerful than the previous models, with an increase of up to 9 percent in horsepower. Photo courtesy of John Deere

John Deere rolled out its new production class L-Series wheel loaders, which are designed for tough and demanding jobsites.

According to Deere, the L-Series offers three models – the 744L, 824L and 844L – which are equipped with roomier cab, new electrohydraulic (EH) controls and an improved HVAC system, resulting in better all-day comfort and productivity.

“Our customers work day in and day out on some of the toughest quarries and jobsites, making reliability and productivity critical for their operation,” says John Chesterman, product marketing manager of production class four-wheel drive loaders at John Deere Construction & Forestry. “With the new L-Series wheel loaders, we listened to customer feedback and used that information to continue to improve our wheel loader offerings.

“These machines are more comfortable, reliable and fuel-efficient, all without impacting productivity,” Chesterman adds.

The more comfortable cab has several features to improve operability, Deere says. The standard premium cab is roomier, with three more inches of legroom and storage space behind and next to the seat compared to K-Series machines.

John Deere's new line of wheel loaders include cabs that offer premium radio, a backup camera, automatic temperature control and power-adjusted exterior mirrors. Photo courtesy of John Deere

John Deere’s new line of wheel loaders include cabs that offer premium radio, a backup camera, automatic temperature control and power-adjusted exterior mirrors. Photo courtesy of John Deere

Also, the new seat offers heating and ventilation, as well as seat pan and tilt adjustment. The cab offers premium radio, a backup camera, automatic temperature control and power-adjusted exterior mirrors. It is also CB radio-ready.

All new EH controls, meanwhile, offer the highest level of operator comfort as a result of several key features. Soft stop features allow the boom or bucket to gradually stop when either the kickout position is reached, or the operator releases the control, significantly reducing the harshness of stopping functions, Deere adds.

In addition, the new machines are more powerful than the previous models, with an increase of up to 9 percent in horsepower. The 744L, 824L, 844L and 844L Aggregate Handler models offer 315 hp, 343 hp, 417 hp and 429 hp, respectively.

All units boast improvements in fuel efficiency, with the 824L specifically being equipped with a 9.0-liter engine, like the 744L, lowering fuel consumption by up to 12 percent. The 844L is equipped with a proven 13.5-liter engine, reducing fuel consumption by up to 7 percent, the company adds.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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