New John Deere K-Series Backhoe/Tractor Loaders Provide Versatility, Power

May 2012, Vol. 67 No. 5

John Deere’s new K-Series Backhoe Loaders — 310K EP, 310K, 310SK, 310SK TC, 315SK, 410K, 410K TC, 710K — build on the success of the popular J-Series. Two economical tractor loader models (210K EP, 210K) round out the K-Series and provide additional jobsite versatility.

The new K-Series meets today’s emission regulations. Powered by a certified IT4/Stage III B John Deere PowerTech engine, the K-Series comes equipped with a five-speed transmission that allows top speeds of 25 mph when roading. An optional AutoShift transmission enables 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.

Enhancements were also made to John Deere’s industry exclusive Total Machine Control (TMC) backhoes. 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 that increase machine uptime such as improved engine access and a cooling package design that allows each of the coolers to be separated for easy cleaning. To protect the machine on the jobsite, backhoe loaders with a Sealed Switch Model (SSM) come standard with machine security. Differential Lock Protection can easily be enabled through the monitor and prevents potential damage from the rear differential lock being engaged at too high of speeds.

In an effort to lower daily operating costs, John Deere is providing 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.