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648LGrapple Skidder

Features & Specs

  • Final Tier 4 emission-certified engine
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Up to 40% faster cycle times
  • 25% larger operator station
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Gross Power163 kW (218 hp)
Gross Torque979 Nm (722 ft.-lb.)
Tong Opening at Tips3015–3218 mm (118.7–126.7 in.)
Operating Weight17 844–19 054 kg (39,340–42,009)


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    Service made simple.

    Faster maintenance will keep you up and running. The 648L Grapple Skidder makes service quick and easy with large panels for wide-open access to the engine and cab tilts to provide a quick route to other components. The efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) keeps engine speed constant to reduce fuel consumption, while auto-idle extends component life. With the hydraulic reversing fan and extended filter-change interval and the 648L keeps your working longer.









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    Good Equipment, Money in Your Pocket

    "We've seen them do things that none of our other pieces of equipment can do out here." Peter Schmidt of Forest Trotter Contracting

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    More Torque. More Power.

    "You can double and triple up your drags and be able to handle it comfortably." Dustin Clauson of Clauson Logging

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    More wood to the landing. Fewer passes.

    "It's a heck of a machine." Mitch McGill of McGill Timber Company

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    Power When You Need It.

    "We can rely on the John Deere skidders to get the job done." Frank Krammes of Frank Krammes Timber Harvesting and Excavating

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    A Well-Built Machine

    "It's a constant, steady pull. You don't lose nothing." Bill and Buddy Lominick of Big Pine Logging

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    Flexible Financing 2.9% APR for 60 Months†

    Flexible Financing 2.9% APR for 60 Months† on New John Deere L-Series Skidders.

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    01 March 2017 - 30 June 2017