Two wheel loaders expand John Deere's performance tiering options in North America
John Deere has expanded its G-tier wheel loader series in the United States with the 644 G-tier wheel loader, continuing the transition to a performance tiering strategy. As part of the John Deere Performance Tiering Strategy, users can benefit from tailored offerings that provide more performance, comfort, and economical options. The expansion of this lineup also includes the new 544 G-tier wheel loader available in Canada. The 544 G-tier provides contractors working in a variety of applications with a versatile wheel loader.
"Not every customer is looking for the most technology in a machine. By introducing the 544 G-tier in Canada and expanding the availability of the 644 G-tier into the United States, we are providing our customers with options to help meet their diverse needs," says Luke Gribble, a solutions marketing manager at John Deere. "The G-tier models support customers looking for reliability, without the added extras that they would find in a P-tier or X-tier machine, and that fit their investment levels as well. With the G-tier models, customers are getting the versatility and ruggedness in a machine, without any compromises."
The 644 G-tier is equipped with a cab design that promotes ease of operation. With the 644 G-tier machines, John Deere delivers a machine ideal for contractors and operators in the governmental, rental, site development, and asphalt industries. The 644 G-tier wheel loaders use a John Deere 6.8L engine and feature John Deere Teammate axles. Contractors can customize the machine through a variety of base-level packages, including options related to locking differentials, ride control, seats, radio, and rear chassis work-lights.
Making its debut in the Canadian market, the 544 G-tier wheel loader is designed to provide a more economical solution in the three-yard loader size class. The 544 G-tier controls were designed with operators of all skill sets and productivity in mind, offering a simplified setup. Promoting ease of operation, the in-cab controls include adjustable boom-height kick out, return to carry, and return to dig, which can all be activated from inside the cab, speeding production times during repetitive applications.
Further expanding machine capability, the 544 G-tier can be equipped with optional features to help tackle more applications. Optional features include a hydraulic reversing fan, axle coolers, and front locking differentials, helping to keep it at peak performance.
The optional third and fourth function hydraulics allow additional attachments to be equipped on the machine, amplifying job versatility. On the 544 G-tier, contractors can choose between pin-on bucket options as well as Hi-Vis/ISO or JRB style couplers, which are compatible with K -Series, L-series and Performance Tiering buckets and attachments. Users needing extra reach on the job can add high-lift linkage to gain an additional 14 inches of hinge-pin height over standard linkage.
Both the 544 G-tier and the 644 G-tier machines are eligible for the John Deere Protect Service Plan, offering ideal support to users. With the John Deere Protect Service Plan, routine maintenance is performed at every 500-hour interval by a John Deere dealer. In addition, the John Deere Protect Parts & Fluids Plan provides users with options to conduct maintenance services and inspections while utilizing their own technicians.