John Deere’s new G-tier compact wheel loaders are entry-level workhorses

By Jenny LescohierAugust 24, 2022

John Deere launched its Performance Tiering Strategy in 2021 to deliver a range of products at different levels of capability and user experience

John Deere adds 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.

John Deere launched its Performance Tiering Strategy in 2021 to deliver a range of products at different levels of capability and user experience. Available first on the wheel loader lineup, the tiering strategy provides machines built for various applications and jobs, and at different price points. There are three tiers of machines — G tier, P tier and X tier. G-tier machines are designed to be practical and economical.

“As we learned from launching our performance tiering strategy on our utility loader line-up last year, customer’s needs are unique and they require personalized solutions to meet their diverse set of tasks,” said Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry Division. “That’s why we chose to expand our performance tiering strategy with the introduction of the G-tier compact wheel loaders. These machines are not only rugged, but they boast simple and intuitive machine controls that are a great fit for operators of all experience levels, while also offering options that promote operator comfort and productivity.”

The 184, 204, and 304 G-tier machines are made for applications such as landscaping, agriculture, snow removal, site development and rental and were designed with lower maintenance costs in mind.

G-tier models come standard with limited slip differential, which automatically engages if one wheel loses traction, providing enhanced safety for the operator and the machine. The optional ride-control reduces spillage from the bucket when traveling over rough terrain, reducing job site clean-up, and improving ride quality for the operator. It can also be set to engage and disengage at certain speeds.

The cab design is offered in both a canopy or enclosed cab configuration. Built with operator visibility in mind, the redesigned enclosed cab features a frameless, fully glass door, floor-to-ceiling front windshield and remounted machine display, providing a clear line of sight to machine surroundings. The right-side full glass window also swings out 180 degrees better visibility.

Additional features include an adjustable steering column, slip-resistant steps and an optional LED lighting package. The cab includes amenities such as improved air conditioning systems and ergonomic low-effort controls.

All G-tier models feature ground-level service and increased-capacity fuel tanks to help simplify daily maintenance. The strategically placed cooling package minimizes contamination from debris build-up, optimizing efficiency and reducing cleanout time.

The smaller G-tier models, including the 184 G-tier and 204 G-tier, were designed to be rugged and compact, helping operators maneuver within the tightest areas while maintaining complete control of the machine. With a canopy height of 8 feet and measuring 5 feet 10 inches in width, these machines can fit through smaller barn door openings or other smaller areas.

The new 0.9-cubic-yard bucket pairs with the 184 G-tier and 204 G-tier and can be attached to either a Quik-Tatch or hook-style coupler.

The largest of the three new models, the 304 G-tier, which measures 8 feet 8 inches tall with cab and 6 feet 5 inches wide, delivers productivity enhancements, especially in applications such as site development, roadbuilding and snow removal. In response to customer feedback, the travel speed of the 304 G-tier has increased to 18.6 mph from 12 mph, seen on its predecessor, the 304L. 

The 304 G-tier also comes equipped with an optional Attachment Assist Package, including Proportional Mini-Joystick 3rd Function Control with Detent, Combined Creep Control & Throttle Lock, and Integrated Electrical Attachment Controls (3-Pin).

The new G-tier compact wheel loaders are now available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada.

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