John Deere has introduced the 444 G-Tier Wheel Loader as part of its performance tiering strategy, offering customers a model that provides reliability without the extras that they would find in a P-Tier or X-Tier machine. The 444 G-Tier is similar to the previously introduced 544 and 644 G-Tier machines, but at a lower operating weight and smaller size.
While offering a competitive price point, the 444 G-Tier still offers similar productivity as other models in its size class, including the 444 P-Tier Wheel Loader and industry leaders in its category. The 444 G-Tier can be equipped with optional high-lift, expanding the reach of the machine. The optional debris package, which comes equipped with a centrifugal air precleaner and an auto reversing fan, helps reduce downtime by enabling the operator to stay up and running on the job without pausing to remove jobsite debris. This model also includes protective transmission and bottom guards, which are specifically designed to fend off debris and ensure the machine’s longevity.
The stacked cooling package, with the hinged door for cleanout, can be set to automatically reverse at regular intervals, simplifying maintenance. Additionally, the ground-level access on the machine’s left side simplifies refills of major fluids, fuel and DEF. The loader also boasts clear visibility for both transmission and hydraulic sight gauges, enhancing access to important components when needed. There is dedicated right-side access to the machine’s engine, after-treatment systems and the cooling system.
The cab, strategically crafted with ergonomic considerations, comes with adjustable controls, added floor storage space and a joystick with integrated forward, neutral, reverse controls, helping to ensure maximum comfort and ease during operation. Optional air-ride suspension seat and ride control features help elevate the operator experience. The 444 G-Tier can also be equipped with a range of attachment options, from snow blades to grapples, ensuring adaptability across different tasks and applications. Lastly, the in-cab adjustable boom settings help streamline operations, especially when performing repetitive tasks.