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Hitachi Rolls Out New Loader

Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia introduces new John Deere K Series backhoe loaders

Construction Machinery (Australia)
has released the John Deere
K Series backhoe loaders into the Australian market.

The productive and efficient 310SK and 315SK models build on the
success of the popular J Series. The new K Series models deliver
productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs that operators
expect from John Deere equipment.

“Our customers are a diverse group that utilise backhoe loaders
for a variety of applications on the job site,” National Product
Manager at Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia, Jim Gardner

“The new K Series provides owners with a range of options that
are powerful, versatile, productive and economical. HCA is
committed to matching the right machine to the right customer to
suit the required applications.”

Not only does the K Series backhoe loaders meet current emission
regulations, the machines are powered by a John Deere PowerTech
engine and are equipped with a 5-speed transmission that allows top
speeds of 40km/h.

An AutoShift transmission provides smooth shifting and improves
operator comfort by reducing the number of times the transmission
control lever (TCL) needs to be actuated during operation.

A single loader lever with integrated electro-hydraulic (EH)
auxiliary loader control eliminates the need for a second lever
when using a multi-purpose bucket.

In addition, a complete redesign of the cab ventilation now
circulates cab air from front-to-back, directing airflow where
operators need it the most.

Product updates include a joystick redesign that gives operators
even easier operation with equal lever efforts in all directions
for smooth and productive operation, as well as improved swing
control that allows for more precise trench work with less backhoe

The K Series includes many key features increasing machine
uptime such as improved engine access and a cooling package design
allowing each of the coolers to be separated for easy cleaning. To
protect the machine on the job site, backhoe loaders with a sealed
switch model (SSM) come standard with machine security.

Differential lock protection can be easily activated through the
monitor and prevents potential damage from the rear differential
lock being engaged at higher than required speeds.

In an effort to lower daily operating costs, John Deere has
integrated smart technology with auto idle, auto shutdown and
keyless start. These three features come standard on all machines
equipped with SSM.

In addition, an economy mode setting provides a ‘sweet spot’ for
maximum productivity and optimal fuel savings. An electronically
controlled, variable-speed cooling fan, controlled by an electronic
clutch will reduce horsepower draw on the engine for quieter
operation and improved fuel economy.

The K Series offers several customer inspired features that have
been adopted from the J Series models. These include a multi-plate
clutch engagement enabling on-the-fly mechanical front wheel driver
(MFWD) engagement, proven PowerShift transmission, best-in-class
deluxe lighting package that includes 10 adjustable work lights for
longer and safer machine operation in darker conditions, exclusive
multi-language digital monitor for on-board diagnostics,
calibrations and machine information; as well as same-side, ground
level daily service for easy maintenance checks.

For those fleet managers, owners or operators wanting to get the
most out of their equipment, JDLink continuously collects and
transmits machine data for machine management. The system enables
timely preventative maintenance and remote diagnostics, as well as
the coordination of machines working on multiple jobsites to ensure
the optimisation of a customer’s entire operation.

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