NOTEBOOK: JD debuts G-tier Loaders

NOTEBOOK: JD debuts G-tier Loaders

Compact, rugged and packed with features, these versatile machines are targeted for contractors of all experience levels.

September 2, 2022

John Deere has introduced three new models of compact wheel loaders to its equipment portfolio that may catch the eyes of snow contractors seeking a rugged yet versatile loader for continued offseason use.

JD's new G-tier models, including the new 184 G-tier, and the 204 G-tier and 304 G-tier machines, are designed to address a diverse set of tasks, says Luke Gribble, Solutions Marketing Manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry Division. "These machines are not only rugged, but they boast simple and intuitive machine controls for operators of all experience levels, while also offering options that promote operator comfort and productivity."

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In addition to snow management, the 184, 204, and 304 G-tier Compact Wheel Loaders provide solutions for contractors in applications such as landscaping, agriculture, and site development, and offer optimal performance with lower maintenance costs. The models come standard with limited slip differential, which automatically engages if one wheel loses traction, providing enhanced safety for the operator and the machine. The optional ride-control reduces spillage from the bucket when traveling over rough terrain, reducing job site clean-up, and improving ride quality for the operator and can also be set to engage and disengage at certain speeds.

Featured on all G-tier models, the forward-thinking cab design is offered in both a canopy or enclosed cab configuration, giving contractors flexibility when working in a variety of different geographies, according to JD. Built with operator visibility in mind, the redesigned enclosed cab features a frameless, fully glass door, floor-to-ceiling front windshield and remounted machine display, providing a clear line of sight to machine surroundings. The right-side full glass window also swings out 180 degrees to further enhance overall visibility for the operator. Additional features include an adjustable steering column, slip-resistant steps, and an optional LED lighting package. The spacious cab includes amenities such as improved air conditioning systems and ergonomic low-effort controls* to keep operators comfortable during a long shift.

All G-tier models offer enhanced serviceability features such as ground-level service and increased capacity fuel tanks to help simplify daily maintenance, keeping machines up and running on the job. The strategically placed cooling package minimizes contamination from debris build-up, optimizing efficiency and reducing cleanout time (when compared to JD's L Series compact wheel loaders).

The smaller G-tier models, including the 184 G-tier and 204 G-tier,provide contractors with a rugged, compact design helping the operator maneuver within the tightest areas while maintaining complete control. With a canopy height of 8" and 5’10" in width, these loaders are nimble enough to fit through smaller barn door openings or other smaller areas, making them ideal for job sites of all sizes. The new 0.9-cu yd (0.7 m³) bucket is optimally sized that pairs with the 184 G-tier and 204 G-tier and can be attached to either a Quik-Tatch or hook-style coupler.

The largest of the three new models, the 304 G-tier, delivers productivity enhancements while also retaining many of its previous features that result in higher productivity, especially in applications such as site development, roadbuilding, and snow removal. In response to customer feedback, the travel speed of the 304 G-tier has increased to 18.6 MPH (30 km/h) from 12 MPH (20 km/h), seen on the 304L model. This enhancement allows the machine to accomplish tasks and move around job sites in less time.

The design of the 304 G-tier offers improved operator visibility and overall machine stability with the increased machine size, which is now measured at 8’8" tall with cab and 6’5" wide. This compact wheel loader model also comes equipped with an optional attachment assist package, including proportional mini-joystick 3rd function control with detent, combined creep control & throttle lock, and integrated electrical attachment controls (3-Pin).

The John Deere 184, 204, and 304 G-tier Compact Wheel Loaders are available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada.

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