The new 244J and 304J wheel loaders--available for purchase at John Deere dealers--are perfectly suited for jobs that need maneuverability, size and muscle.

The new 244J and 304J wheel loaders are available for purchase at John Deere dealers. With unmatched maneuverability, versatility and productivity, these machines are perfectly suited to many smaller jobs that require size and muscle.

Several features of the 244J and 304J increase productivity by enhancing the operator's comfort. An adjustable seat and armrest and tilt steering allow the operator to adjust his immediate environment. A walk-through cab with increased head room provides accessibility from either direction, and a single lever, Forward-Neutral-Reverse (FNR) loader control delivers easy operation. Full, 360-degree visibility and a clear line of sight to the attachment points also maximize operator productivity. Optional ride control delivers a smooth, easy ride. Air conditioning also is available as an option.

Exceptional versatility keeps these loaders as productive as possible. Quick changes from one attachment to another are made possible through the standard coupler and Deere's exclusive Quik-Tatch feature. The Quik-Tatch coupler allows the operator to pick up skid steer attachments from the seat, resulting in a more versatile machine. The standard "return-to-dig" mode allows the operator to quickly reposition the bucket for digging or working at ground level. The inching/brake pedal maximizes the operator's control over travel and working hydraulics.

Smooth operation is a key benefit of the 244J and 304J. One feature that contributes to the smoothness of these loaders is stereo steering, which delivers a tighter turning radius with increased maneuverability. High/low drive ranges also allow the operator to control travel speed to increase cycle times. A manual differential lock increases traction and reduces tire spin, which lowers the amount of disturbance to the ground in soft soil conditions and prevents excess material from tumbling into the hole so the operator can dig more quickly.

The 244J and 304J also provide maximum uptime due to various features that enhance durability, reliability and ease of service. The durable inboard, wet disc park brake is spring applied and hydraulically released, and is sealed against the elements. Electrical components are protected by sealed connectors, ensuring continual operation in adverse conditions without interruption in power. The outside mirrors and lights can take more damage than other designs in challenging conditions. Fewer pivot points result in increased reliability and less daily maintenance. A boom lock provides safer access to components that are located under the boom area. Tire scuffing is decreased due to the machine design. A removable electrical disconnect switch provides vandal protection without the need for specialized tools.

A number of standard features result in low daily operating costs. John Deere PowerTech 4024T and 5030T engines provide the 244J with 59 hp and the 304J with 73 hp, respectively. Both machines deliver longer regular scheduled maintenance intervals. A proportional fan drive delivers reduced horsepower draw-down and optimized cooling. Hydrostatic drive provides reliable power that controls travel hydraulics for increased power and stability. The combination of the engine, fan drive and hydrostatic drive deliver better fuel economy.

Source: John Deere, Dec. 9, 2004