John Deere Adds 204K and 304K Models to Compact Wheel Loader Line
Designed specifically for lower-clearance applications, John Deere introduces the 2.4 m tall, economical 204K and 304K Compact Wheel Loaders. Both machines include features to increase productivity, visibility, versatility, and lower daily operating costs.
30 cm lower than other compact John Deere wheel loaders, the 204K and 304K feature rigid front and rear axles to meet the 2.4 m height while lowering the center of gravity and increasing stability and the tipping load limit. The two new models can easily reach and work in areas with restricted access such as door and trailer openings.
Both models come standard with an open operator station designed to withstand the elements, featuring weather-resistant gauges, extended rooftops, nonskid floor mats, and optional vandal proofing. The open-canopy model is perfect for applications where the operator has to frequently get on and off the machine or applications where the operator does not want to worry about breaking glass. For year-round comfort, operators will still have the option of utilizing a heated and air-conditioned cab. The cabs are comfortably equipped and offer unobstructed views of attachments and the surrounding work area. To enhance operation, the boom, bucket, and forward-neutral-reverse switch are on the same ergonomic, low-effort lever for convenient one-hand control.
The 204K (59 hp) and 304K (64 hp) boast an Interim Tier 4 diesel engine and a two-speed transmission with a top speed of 19.3 km/h to swiftly navigate the jobsite. If one wheel slips when navigating soft terrain, limited slip differential transfers that wheel's power to the opposite wheel to restore traction. Articulated steering assists in turning ability and offers operators flexibility when picking up or positioning loads. Fingertip control of the coupler, travel speed, park brake, lights, and other machine functions are close and convenient to the operator. An optional creeper control allows slow, incremental travel speeds while maintaining full hydraulic flow.
To keep operating costs at a minimum, a transverse-mounted engine allows for quick and convenient daily servicing. The electrical system minimizes the number of wires, mechanical relays, and unsealed connections for maximum durability and uptime. In addition, the machines' vertical filters and environmental drains are also easily-accessible at ground-level.
Those that change attachments often will enjoy a push-button actuated skid-steer style coupler. The coupler comes standard on the boom and enables operators to attach and release John Deere Worksite Pro™ attachments quickly, without tools or leaving the seat. The coupler can connect to numerous implements – from blades, buckets and pushers, to scrap and brush-tine grapples and augers.
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