John Deere expands performance tiering strategy with 644 G-tier wheel loader intro

By Jenny LescohierSeptember 21, 2022

The G-tier models support customers looking for reliability, without the added extras they would find in a P-tier or X-tier machine

John Deere has introduced the 644 G-tier wheel loader to the U.S. market as part of its ongoing “Performance Tiering Strategy.” It also brings to 544 G-tier model to Canada as part of this effort. 

The John Deere Performance Tiering Strategy offers tailored offerings that provide performance, comfort and economical options. G-tier models provide customers working in a variety of applications with a no-frills, versatile and reliable solution backed by John Deere and its dealer network.

“Not every customer is looking for the most technology in a machine. By introducing the 544 G-tier in Canada and expanding the availability of the 644 G-tier into the United States, we are providing our customers with options to help meet their diverse needs,” said Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager, John Deere.

“The G-tier models support customers looking for reliability, without the added extras that they would find in a P-tier or X-tier machine, and that fit their investment levels as well. With the G-tier models, customers are getting the versatility and ruggedness in a machine, without any compromises.”

Now available in the U.S., the 644 G-tier leverages industry-proven components and is equipped with a cab design that promotes ease of operation. This machine is designed primarily for customers in the governmental, rental, site development and asphalt industries.

The 644 G-tier wheel loader is powered by a John Deere 6.8L engine and features John Deere Teammate axles. Customers can customize the machine through a variety of base-level packages, including options related to locking differentials, ride control, seats, radio and rear chassis work-lights.

Making its debut in the Canadian market, the 544 G-tier is designed to provide a more economical solution in the 3-yard loader size class without sacrificing performance. The 544 G-tier controls were designed with operators of all skillsets and productivity in mind, offering a simplified setup and overall functionality.

Promoting ease of operation, the in-cab controls include adjustable boom-height kickout, return to carry, and return to dig, which can be easily activated from inside the cab, speeding production times during repetitive applications. 

Optional features include a hydraulic reversing fan, axle coolers and front locking differentials. 

Optional third and fourth function hydraulics allow the machine to be equipped with additional attachments for versatility. On the 544 G-tier, John Deere customers

Making its debut in the Canadian market, the 544 G-tier is designed to provide a more economical solution in the 3-yard loader size class without sacrificing performance

can choose between pin-on bucket options as well as a Hi-Vis/ISO or JRB style couplers, which are compatible with K -Series, L-series and Performance Tiering buckets and attachments.

Customers needing extra reach on the job can add high-lift linkage to gain an additional 14 inches of hinge-pin height over standard linkage.

Last month, John Deere added three new compact wheel loader models to its performance tiering strategy, including the 184 G-tier, the most economical model in the lineup.

All three models - including the 204 G-tier and 304 G-tier machines - were designed for customers looking for a dependable machine to complete everyday tasks, with simple controls to make them easy to use for all operators.

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