News Releases January 23, 2018
New John Deere 344L Compact Wheel Loader with Articulation Plus™ Helps Operators Lift More and Move Faster
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 23, 2018) —Combining speed, precision and exceptional lift capacity, the new John Deere 344L compact wheel loader provides peak productivity for ag material handling, landscaping, snow removal and construction customers year-round. Industry-exclusive features on the 344L help operators move faster and remain comfortable on the job site while increasing machine uptime.
"We designed the new 344L to help operators get more done in the field faster than they have before," said Drew Miller, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. "The 344L is a quick, nimble machine that is optimized for handling tight turns while maintaining heavy loads, helping customers focus on the task at hand and not having to manage the machine."
The 344L offers a faster travel speed with smooth auto shift technology up to 25 mph, ideal for customers who have larger job sites to traverse or for snow removal. The industry-exclusive Articulation Plus™ steering system on the 344L allows operators to lift more during turns than leading competitive machines. Its design features an articulated frame plus rear-wheel steer, providing a tighter turning radius, improved stability and additional lift capacity.
In addition, the newly designed loader arms and coupler provide better parallel lifting of attachments and increased visibility, especially for operators using forks. With a full-turn tip load of 12,650 pounds, customers are able to lift heavier loads and can keep more material in the bucket without making adjustments.
Knowing that a comfortable operator is a productive operator, the 344L features a new cab design. A comfortable air-ride, high-back seat reduces operator fatigue while heating features keep workers in cold conditions focused on the job. More space in the cab and increased visibility to the loader arm and bucket improve overall efficiency. The 344L is also equipped with pivot and rear oscillation to provide a smoother ride.
To increase uptime, a redesigned engine layout and cooling package provide increased airflow for superior cooling, reduced debris penetration risk, as well as easy access to ground-level service points. Reversing fan capabilities keep customers in high-airborne-debris areas running longer. A new FT4 Deere engine offers outstanding serviceability. Proprietary shift logic reduces operating costs by better retaining material with smooth shifts and decreases operator fatigue. Rim pull control extends tire life by allowing customers to adjust the torque of the machine to the conditions of their job sites.
Contractors looking to get the most out of their 344L wheel loader can rely on JDLink™ telematics. The machine monitoring solution provides real-time data and health prognostics to suggest maintenance solutions that decrease costly downtime. Remote diagnostics enable a dealer to read codes, record performance data and even update software without a trip to the job site.
For additional information and model-specific specifications on the 344L, visit the John Deere booth at World of Concrete (#C5351). The 344L will be available at dealers this spring.
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