After a successful introduction into the Canadian market in 2021, Moline, Illinois-based John Deere has expanded its G-tier wheel loader offerings into the U.S. with the 644 G-tier wheel loader. As part of the John Deere Performance Tiering Strategy, customers can benefit from tailored offerings that provide more performance, comfort and economical options.
The expansion of this lineup also includes the new 544 G-tier wheel loader now available in Canada. The 544 G-tier provides customers working in a variety of applications with a “no-frills, versatile and reliable solution” backed by John Deere and its dealer network, the company says.
“Not every customer is looking for the most technology in a machine. By introducing the 544 G-tier in Canada and expanding the availability of the 644 G-tier into the United States, we are providing our customers with options to help meet their diverse needs,” says Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager for John Deere. “The G-tier models support customers looking for reliability, without the added extras that they would find in a P-tier or X-tier machine, and that fit their investment levels as well. With the G-tier models, customers are getting the versatility and ruggedness in a machine without any compromises.”
Now available in the U.S., the 644 G-tier leverages industry-proven components and is equipped with a cab design that promotes ease of operation. With the 644 G-tier machines, John Deere says it delivers a solution ideal for customers in the governmental, rental, site development and asphalt industries. The 644 G-tier wheel loaders include a John Deere 6.8L engine and feature John Deere Teammate axles. Customers can also customize the machine through a variety of base-level packages, including options related to locking differentials, ride control, seats, radio and rear chassis work-lights.
Making its debut in the Canadian market, the 544 G-tier is designed to provide a more economical solution in the 3-yard loader size class that does not sacrifice the “performance and quality customers expect from a John Deere machine.” The 544 G-tier controls were designed with operators of all skill sets and productivity in mind, offering a simplified setup and overall functionality.
Promoting ease of operation, the in-cab controls include adjustable boom-height kick-out, return to carry and return to dig, which can be easily activated from inside the cab, speeding production times during repetitive applications. In addition, the company says the 544 G-tier is ideal for those looking for a capable machine for rental, agriculture, governmental and snow removal applications.
The 544 G-tier can be equipped with optional features to help tackle challenging applications, as well. Optional features include a hydraulic reversing fan, axle coolers and front locking differentials, helping to keep it at peak performance.
The optional third and fourth function hydraulics allow additional attachments to be equipped on the machine, amplifying job versatility. On the 544 G-tier, John Deere customers can choose between pin-on bucket options as well as a Hi-Vis/ISO or JRB-style couplers, which are compatible with K-Series, L-series and Performance Tiering buckets and attachments. Customers needing extra reach on the job can add high-lift linkage to gain an additional 14 inches of hinge-pin height over standard linkage.