April 6, 2012
John Deere recently announced the introduction of its K-Series Backhoe Loaders, as the company released eight productive and efficient models (310K EP, 310K, 310SK, 310SK TC, 315SK, 410K, 410K TC, 710K) that look to build on the success of the popular J-Series.
According to a company release, two economical tractor loader models (210K EP, 210K) are also being released to help round out the K-Series and provide workers with additional versatility on the job site.
“Our customers are a diverse group that use backhoe loaders and tractor loaders for a variety of applications on the jobsite,” said Louann Hausner, product marketing manager for backhoe loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The new K-Series provides North American contractors a variety of options that are powerful, versatile, productive and economical. John Deere is committed to matching the right machine to the right customer.”
The release noted that the new K-Series machines meet the stringent emission regulations that exist. However, though the models have been adjusted to limit the impact that the engines have on the environment, they still move at top speeds of 25 miles per hour when roading.
According to the release, the new AutoShift transmission that is available on the new models helps to improve operator comfort by reducing the number of tasks that the user has to perform when working with the John Deere equipment.
A new cab design allows for an increased level of comfort for the operator, as the ventilation system in the model circulates the air from front-to-back, directing the flow of air to where the driver needs it the most.
According to the release, to help owners lower their daily operating costs, John Deere is providing smart technology with auto idle, auto shutdown and keyless start. These three features come standard on all machines equipped with Seal Switch Model (SSM). In addition, an economy mode setting provides a sweet spot for maximum productivity and optimal fuel savings for the machines.
For Construction Pros reported that the new models also come with a cab that holds a display providing real time values for every temperature, pressure and speed sensor on the machine. This allows the owner to keep an eye on all operations that are occurring in the vehicle, and this level of control can help to improve the efficiency of each worker at a job site.