John Deere continues to update its K-Series wheel loader lineup so that they adhere to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Tier 4 emissions standards.
Chris Cline, product marketing manager for utility wheel loaders at John Deere Construction & Forestry, said the EPA’s Tier 4 standards are the last emission standards Deere has been working on for years.
“The emission standards began in the late 1990s,” Cline recently told Equipment Reporter. “From Tier 1 through Tier 4, we’ve reduced emissions by 95 percent.”
Cline said the emission standards aside, Deere has been committed to reducing emissions since 1967.
“We will continue to take that approach since it also improves fuel economy and engine performance," he said.
Furthermore, Cline said about 75 percent of its K-Series loaders are bought by rental companies, dairy farmers and feed operators who, in turn, must also adhere to government-imposed emission standards to conduct their businesses.
“We need to meet those [emission] requirements for our machines to be able to work on those types of job sites," he said.
Cline added that in addition to emission updates, Deere has made other improvements over the last several years. These improvements include an enhanced multifunction monitor with diagnostic and maintenance information, tinted glass, and a Level 1 sound suppression package that reduces engine noise heard by the operator and bystanders, thus decreasing operator fatigue and increasing productivity on job sites that are in or around areas that have noise restrictions.
“[The K-Series is] a market leader in these sized models,” Cline said. “With our high torque engines, one of the smoothest shifting transmissions in the business, differential lock axles and our excluding Quad-Cool system, combined with our dealer network, [the K-Series] ensures our customers the greatest amount of uptime, at the lowest possibly daily operating costs.”