March 2019 Vol. 74 No. 3

New Products

John Deere L-Series

L-Series Utility Wheel Loaders Primed to Take Job Sites by Storm

Three, new powerful and productive John Deere L-Series utility wheel loaders—524L, 544L and 624L— offer an intuitive solution for projects that require agility and versatility.

“Our next generation of wheel loaders improves upon the legacy of the John Deere wheel loader line,” said Chris Cline, product marketing manager for utility wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The L-Series boasts several improvements over previous models designed to positively impact productivity, comfort and visibility, resulting in increased profitability.”

The most notable change from its K-Series predecessors is the cab, which is roomier and more comfortable, offering more functional storage and floor space. HVAC performance is also enhanced, now including rear defrost, to increase air flow while reducing noise. Three standard 12-volt auxiliary power ports enable charging of multiple devices. Optional remote-heated, adjustable mirrors increase job-site visibility.

Behind the wheel, electrohydraulic (EH) loader controls with integrated third and fourth function auxiliary hydraulics provide faster cycle times, moving more material in shorter periods of time. Two multifunction buttons integrated into the hydraulic controls allow the operator to assign a function to each button, improving operability and productivity.

Improvements to the machine boom structure directly result in increased productivity. The design increases visibility to the coupler, bucket or forks, reducing overall cycle times, material spillage and equipment damage. Additional options include enhanced production buckets with integrated spill guards, profiled side cutters and greater rollback, improving bucket fill and material retention.

A new shaft-style fork design offers more visibility and tine length options, including 48-inch, 60-inch and 72-inch. Smoother boom and bucket hydraulic kickouts reduce operator fatigue, while new standard parallel lift linkage improves load leveling, limits bucket spillage and increases fork operation speed.

Return-to-dig settings can now be set from the cab for both directions of the bucket. Boom and Bucket EH metering rate aggressiveness allows the operator to choose a setting—low, medium or high—for quicker hydraulics or reduced response in precision operations. Attachment configuration settings can be saved, making it easier to switch between attachments without impacting productivity.

All three models are available with optional High Lift (HL) and High Lift Plus (HL Plus) selections. The latter features hinge pin heights that are 12 to 13 inches greater than current HL pin heights, allowing the operator to dump into higher trucks or wagons.

The 524L, 544L and 624L feature fuel-efficient Final Tier 4 John Deere 6.8-liter, diesel engines and boast 152, 166 and 192 net peak horsepower, respectively. From a service perspective, the hydraulic hose and electrical wire harness routing and retention are improved, and the machines feature 40 fewer leak points, lowering potential repair costs.


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