Deere updates its 944K hybrid wheel loader

JOhn Deere 944K wheel loader

The 944K boasts nine to 14 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its IT4 predecessor

John Deere has equipped its 944K hybrid wheel loader with a Tier 4 Final engine, which boosts fuel economy compared to the previous Interim Tier 4 model.

Alongside the engine, other machine updates include improving operator comfort and increasing uptime, while lowering daily operating costs.

“Customers deserve a dependable wheel loader that actively works to minimize downtime and cut down on fuel consumption,” said John Chesterman, product marketing manager for production class four-wheel drive loaders at John Deere. ”New and exciting features on the 944K provide operators with a comprehensive loader solution that increases productivity, while efficiently managing costs. But we also maintained popular features like standard traction control that automatically limits torque to any wheel when slippage occurs, essentially eliminating runaway tire spin and tire slicing.”

Equipped with a 536 hp, Tier 4 Final John Deere PSS 13.5-litre engine, the 944K boasts nine to 14 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its IT4 predecessor. The updated engine delivers increased torque and responsiveness to help maintain boom and bucket speed in and out of the pile for heaped loads.

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Along with the engine update, operators will also enjoy an increase in coast control performance. This standard feature gives the operator the ability to adjust the aggressiveness of the machine during deceleration with three different settings. The higher the setting, the more electric braking will occur during application. When all three lights are on, the loader will deliver a 33 per cent increase in deceleration performance and an overall extension of service brake life.

Other machine modifications include the addition of a heated and ventilated cab seat. Noise levels are also lowered, thanks to the new engine.

Outside the cab, remote jump-start terminals were added to all 944K Tier 4 Final machines in a closed and locked engine compartment. These allow for faster and easier jump-starting, may be used with a trickle charger in cold weather and are colour-coded and insulated to help prevent improper connections and accidental contact with battery terminals.