John Deere upgrades utility rangePublished 8/10, 2015 at 10:18
John Deere continues to update its K-Series wheel loader line to adhere to Final Tier 4 emissions standards.
Its utility-class wheel loaders 444K, 524K and 544K now feature the John Deere PowerTech EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4)/EU Stage IV diesel engines, which enable operators to work anywhere. The PowerTech engine delivers high torque to help maintain good boom and bucket speed. The K-Series loaders implement excavator style hydraulics that sense the load and adjust the flow accordingly. A power shift torque converter transmission employs smart shift technology to continuously evaluate speed and load conditions. The 544K’s new standard five-speed transmission with lockup torque converter offers increased acceleration, speeds cycles, and optimizes power and fuel efficiency during transport, roading, and ramp climbing.
All three models come standard with a multifunction monitor, tinted glass and a Level 1 sound suppression package that reduces the engine noise. To eliminate downtime, the K-Series models are equipped with remote battery terminals for faster and easier jump-starting. The engine compartment can remain closed and locked to charge the batteries, reducing the threat of vandalism. The machines also feature an optional platform and steps for easy access to the right side of the machine.