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coopers
10-21-2008, 05:56 AM
Was on Deere's site and saw the K series loaders are on the website now. I don't recall a 524 loader being made in the past, it was 444j then 544j, now they have a 524 which is in between the 444 and 544. All K's from 444 up to 724.

Some interesting text I found on the brochure for the 444k/524k/544k/624k.

Programmable clutch cutoff increases productivity in all kinds of terrain. Simply select the slope of your dumpsite ó level, small, or steep. Depressing the brake pedal disconnects the transmission while maintaining engine speed for fast boom cycles.

Embedded payload scale enables you to fill each truck to its limit for maximum
productivity. Itís available on all Z-bar and high-lift loaders.

Auto-idle automatically reduces engine speed to help conserve fuel after an operatordetermined period of inactivity. Autoshutdown applies the brakes and turns off the engine after extended inactivity.

Scag48
10-21-2008, 11:26 PM
Very nice, I like Deere loaders a lot. I'd like to run a J, I like the H's and I'm sure the J's are even better. My favorite loader is a 744H by far, only with a Komatsu WA380 right behind it. The 380's are pretty nice too, we had one at work with an air ride seat. Sweet. :drinkup: Ran a brand new Cat 924G, I was the first one to run it, didn't like it. Trans disconnect wasn't setup very nice, may have had some programming left to do, but it was either on or off, no feathering, made it tough to roll up to a truck smoothly.

Gravel Rat
10-22-2008, 12:45 AM
Deere is going to win more of Caterpillars wheel loader market because Cat is getting sloppy on quality control.

Scag48
10-22-2008, 08:21 PM
Deere is going to win more of Caterpillars wheel loader market because Cat is getting sloppy on quality control.

Not so much the quality was bad, everything was laid out very nice in the cab and the fit and finish was excellent. But some performance was lacking, I felt it needed more bucket breakout and lift as well. When hitting the pile, I seemed to always run out of lifting power and that's the #1 way to load the bucket. So I'd have to wiggle curl just to get the machine into the pile further instead of just lifting, throwing more weight on the front tires, and rolling the machine in to finish the bucket off while rolling back. The Cat just wasn't going to have any of that. We had a little Komatsu WA200 that was just about the same way, it was a little smaller, though. The Deere's are where it's at, I became very familiar with a 744H and that's my favorite thus far. Like I said, Komatsu builds a nice machine as well, I really liked the WA380 I ran a little about a month ago.

CAT powered
10-22-2008, 08:56 PM
I ran a 624J for a while and felt it was very underpowered. On that same job I ran a 544J (customer insisted on renting machines and just having me operate) and the 544 felt like it had loads more power.

I spoke with a kid at the Deere dealership a while ago and he said that the 624 is just the 544 powertrain with a 644 bucket/boom combo on it.

I tend to believe this guy so if anyone out there is looking for a Deere loader don't go for a _24 go for a _44 instead.

It was running the loader in about an 8 or 9 foot hole for flood floor greenhouses and it had been raining for a while. The differential lock on those loaders is an incredible option. Eventually I want to upgrade my old Dresser 530 to a Deere 544. Eventually is the key word since the market is a little low right now. When I do upgrade I definitely want the differential lock on it. In that hole I had the mud up 1/3 of the rim and it still made the climb up the ram to shuttle material out of the hole over to a stockpile.

Scag48
10-22-2008, 09:46 PM
You're totally right, diff lock is awesome.

stuvecorp
10-23-2008, 10:12 PM
I ran a 544J, liked it. I don't get the different size or classes, why have so many?

CAT powered
10-23-2008, 10:18 PM
I guess the 24 series would be good for light materials like mulch or garbage and the 44 is more for compost and topsoil and other heavy materials.

The classes like G, H, J, K are their series designations and the numbers are the size differences.

544 is a 3 cubic yard loader the 624 is the same bucket and boom as a 644 which gives it a 3.5 cubic yard capacity but it is pretty underpowered because it uses the same drivetrain as the 544

stuvecorp
10-23-2008, 10:52 PM
I guess the 24 series would be good for light materials like mulch or garbage and the 44 is more for compost and topsoil and other heavy materials.

The classes like G, H, J, K are their series designations and the numbers are the size differences.

544 is a 3 cubic yard loader the 624 is the same bucket and boom as a 644 which gives it a 3.5 cubic yard capacity but it is pretty underpowered because it uses the same drivetrain as the 544

I thought the 444J could go up to a 3 yard bucket and with the four cylinder it could be cheaper and do some of the lighter loader tasks instead of the 544 size.

coopers
10-24-2008, 03:00 AM
I thought the 444J could go up to a 3 yard bucket and with the four cylinder it could be cheaper and do some of the lighter loader tasks instead of the 544 size.

I'm pretty sure the 444j can go up to a 3yd bucket. I read that somewhere.

CAT powered
10-24-2008, 07:53 PM
I doubt a 444 would have the power to handle a 3 yard bucket in hard packed dirt. A 624 has a tough time with a 3.5 yard in untouched topsoil.

SILVERSTREAK INC
05-23-2011, 11:09 PM
a friend of mine has 544e, g, h, & j's and 644 and 724

the older machines struggle with 3yard buckets but the h and js all have 4.5 and 6 yard, one has a 7.24 yard bucket (measured by water level by NYC sanitation when we went up there to move snow this winter)

they dont struggle for much, dirt would be a different story though, thats what track machines are for

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SILVERSTREAK INC
05-23-2011, 11:10 PM
oops just realized this post is really old