Hitachi Rolls Out New Loader

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

Hitachi Rolls Out New Loader
John Deere 310SK backhoe loader

Hitachi 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 says.

"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 wag.

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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