Aiming to address the needs of customers looking for compact solutions that provide enhanced maneuverability, stability and power, John Deere has expanded its performance tiering offerings with the shift from L-Series to P-Tier for the 244, 324 and 344 Compact Wheel Loader models. The new P-Tier compact wheel loaders will carry over all L-Series features while introducing productivity-enhancing qualities, such as standard ride control in base models and optional factory-installed features like an auto-reversing fan option. Additional optional features include attachment assist controls, such as integrated electrical (three-pin) controls for attachments and combined creep control and throttle lock.
“As we continue to make the shift from past generation machines to our current generation of performance tiering models, we aim to keep the same features our customers know and trust on the L-Series models, with the added benefits of new productivity enhancements only available on the P-Tier machines,” said Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager at John Deere.
Previously offered as an optional upgrade on L-Series models, ride control is now standard on all P-Tier compact wheel loaders. Ideal for customers moving materials over long distances, or on hard surfaces, ride control cushions boom movements during transport, acting like a shock absorber to help minimize material spillage.
In addition, P-Tier compact wheel loaders continue to feature the company’s Articulation Plus steering system, which enables rear-wheel steering to increase full-turn tipping load and improve maneuverability. The system combines 30 degrees of standard articulation with an additional 10 degrees of rear-wheel steering.
Designed to provide increased ease of use for operators when using attachments, the upgraded combined creep control and throttle lock found within the attachment assist controls package allows customers to run their machines with higher RPMs and lower ground speeds with overall fewer manual inputs. An enhanced pause and resume function means that reactivating the feature after a change in direction or switch to neutral is seamless as well.
An additional feature now offered on P-Tier compact wheel loaders is an optional auto-reversing fan, which is an easy-to-use solution for customers operating on sites with an abundance of debris or dust. The fan can be turned on and off from the console in the cab, and the operator can also control the fan’s time intervals by holding down the switch.