John Deere expands compact wheel loader performance tiering options with three new models
John Deere is building upon its line-up of compact equipment by expanding its performance tiering strategy with three new compact wheel loaders. The new G-tier models, including the new 184 G-tier, and the 204 G-tier and 304 G-tier machines, were designed to include proven capabilities and are ideal for operators in need of a dependable machine to complete everyday tasks. The G-tier compact wheel loader models are also practically equipped, providing proven capabilities with the reliability users expect from John Deere machines.
"As we learned from launching our performance tiering strategy on our utility loader line-up last year, customer's needs are unique and they require personalized solutions to meet their diverse set of tasks," says Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager at John Deere Construction and Forestry Division. "That's why we chose to expand our performance tiering strategy with the introduction of the G-tier compact wheel loader models. These machines are not only rugged, but they boast simple and intuitive machine controls that are a great fit for operators of all experience levels, while also offering options that promote operator comfort and productivity."
The 184, 204, and 304 G-tier compact wheel loaders provide solutions for users in applications such as landscaping, agriculture, snow removal, site development, and rental. The G-tier models offer optimal performance with lower maintenance costs. With convenience and productivity top of mind, these easy-to-operate models come standard with limited slip differential which automatically engages if one wheel loses traction, providing enhanced safety for the operator and the machine. The optional ride-control reduces spillage from the bucket when travelling over rough terrain, reducing job site clean-up, and improving ride quality for the operator and can also be set to engage and disengage at certain speeds.
Featured on all G-tier models, the cab design is offered in both a canopy or enclosed cab configuration, giving operators flexibility when working in a variety of different geographies. Built with operator visibility in mind, the redesigned enclosed cab features a frameless glass door, floor-to-ceiling front windshield, and remounted machine display, providing a clear line of sight to machine surroundings. The right-side full glass window also swings out 180 degrees to further enhance overall visibility for the operator. Additional features include an adjustable steering column, slip-resistant steps, and an optional LED lighting package. The cab includes amenities such as improved air conditioning systems and ergonomic low-effort controls to keep operators comfortable during a long shift.
All G-tier models offer enhanced serviceability features such as ground-level service and increased capacity fuel tanks to help simplify daily maintenance, keeping machines up and running on the job. This allows operators to spend more time completing the tasks at hand, rather than performing on-site repairs or maintenance. The strategically placed cooling package minimizes contamination from debris build-up, optimizing efficiency and reducing cleanout time.
The smaller G-tier models, including the 184 G-tier and 204 G-tier, were designed to provide operators with a compact design helping the operator maneuver within the tightest areas while maintaining complete control of the machine. With a canopy height of eight inches and five feet 10 inches in width, these machines are nimble enough to fit through smaller barn door openings or other smaller areas, making them an ideal solution for job sites of all sizes. The new 0.9- cubic-yd (0.7 m³) bucket is optimally sized and pairs with the 184 G-tier and 204 G-tier and can be attached to either a Quik-Tatch or hook-style coupler.
The largest of the three new models, the 304 G-tier, delivers productivity enhancements while also retaining many of its previous features that result in higher productivity, especially in applications such as site development, roadbuilding, and snow removal. In response to operator feedback, the travel speed of the 304 G-tier has increased to 18.6 MPH (30 km/h) from 12 MPH (20 km/h), as seen on the 304L model. This enhancement allows the machine to accomplish tasks and move around job sites in less time.
The design of the 304 G-tier offers improved operator visibility and overall machine stability with the increased machine size, which is now measured at eight feet eight inches tall with a cab and six feet five inches wide. This compact wheel loader model also comes equipped with an optional attachment assist package, including proportional mini-joystick 3rd function control with detent, combined creep control and throttle lock, and integrated electrical attachment controls (3- Pin).