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John Deere Construction & Forestry - 444K Wheel Loaders

John Deere's K-Series incorporates many of its predecessors’ innovative features and introduces numerous refinements, plus a new 2¾ yard model that further defines loader design. More spacious, quieter cabs provide even better visibility. Easier-to-read multifunction monitors expand operator convenience and productivity. And a wide variety of options in both Z-bar and parallel-lift configurations let you spec the right machine for your work.

Features & Benefits


The EPA IT4-certified engine provides the same horsepower and torque as that of a Tier 3 engine. The IT4 engine utilizes an automatic regeneration process which periodically cleans the filter without impacting machine productivity.

In-tank filter

The in-tank filter with large element traps that hold contamination allow for cleaner oil, a cleaner hydraulic system, and less maintenance. Service intervals are extended to 4,000 hours. The hydraulic filter is a common part for the 444K – 844K.


Excavator-style hydraulics sense the load and deliver the flow needed for smooth, combined functions and fast work cycles. Easily accessible hydraulic diagnostic ports enable quick pressure checks and minimize the possibility of introducing contaminants.


Speed-sensitive, low-effort joystick steering reduces operator fatigue and increases productivity. Offering fatigue-beating comfort, it adapts to ground speed, delivering smooth control for load-and-carry application.


Spacious cab provides plenty of room to stow your stuff, including a cooler compartment and beverage holder. Cab noise has been noticeably reduced for decreased operator fatigue.


Standard air-ride armchair seat adjusts multiple ways for extra comfort and cushioning over rough terrain. Premium high/wide-back heated seat with leather inserts is available.

Z-bar linkages

Z-Bar linkages provide high bucket breakout forces, good rollback to carry loads without spilling, and very solid stability. With pin-on attachment or attachment coupler.

Parallel lift

Parallel lift that's simply unparalleled. Our innovative design separates the bell crank from the cross tube, attaching instead to the loader frame via a Y-shaped link.


High-Lifts provide high bucket breakout forces, good rollback to carry loads without spilling, and very solid stability with lighter materials. High-Lift is recommended for high-sided truck and hopper applications.


Unsurpassed colour monitor provides an easy-to-read LCD screen with on board diagnostics, digital gauges, and vital system-status lights.


Quad-Cool places the radiator, air-conditioner condenser, intercooler, and hydraulic, transmission, and optional axle coolers in a unique boxed bulk head configuration that's isolated from engine heat.


Swing-out, hydraulically driven, proportional fan provides unmatched access and minimizes engine load and fuel consumption by turning only as fast as necessary.

Sealed-switch mode

Eliminates all standard rocker switches and provides one central location with backlit and ergonomically friendly push buttons for all loader features.

Keyless start

Keyless start is standard equipment on K-Series models – pushing the green button on the sealed-switch module starts the engine.

Security function

The security function requires a code to be entered at engine startup. Owner, operator, and transport codes are set via the monitor. The security function can be turned off for customers if desired.


All daily service points, including fuel, are grouped on the left side for quick and convenient ground-level access. Sight gauges enable quick fluid-level checks.


You'll immediately notice smooth shifting in all gears. John Deere's Smart-Shift technology adapts to speed and load for the industry's smoothest shifts. Transmission recalibrates to like-new shifting from the monitor.


Key Specifications
Net Power 92 kW (124 hp) at 2,100 rpm
Bucket Capacity 1.5–1.9 m³ (2.0–2.5 cu. yd.)
Bucket Width 2.54 m (8 ft. 4 in.)
Breakout Force (6056–7446 kg) 13,352–16,416 lb.

Company Info

One John Deere Place
Moline, IL
US, 61265


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