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The new 344J wheel loader (Circle 902) from John Deere, Moline, Ill., is able to move more material more quickly than comparable machines—even in crowded jobsites. This durable wheel loader also provides many uptime-boosting features found in larger loaders, as well as time-saving conveniences that make it simple and inexpensive to maintain.

Key to the 344J’s productivity is oscillated stereo steering, which delivers fast cycle times by allowing tight turns with large loads. The result is unmatched stability and maneuverability—and fewer three-point turns. The standard hydrostatic drivetrain’s infinitely variable range allows the operator to precisely match travel speed to the work at hand, with a high speed of 19 mph. A load-sensing, closed-center hydraulic system delivers only the power required, eliminating fuel and power waste, while excavator-style hydraulics provide fluid power for smooth boom and bucket functions. The standard return-to-dig feature automatically returns the bucket to a preset level for faster work cycles, and optional ride control enables the 344J to navigate rough terrain quickly and comfortably, keeping the load in the bucket on tough jobsites.

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