MOLINE , Ill. With many best-in-class features, the new John Deere CT 322 and CT 332 set a new benchmark for compact track loaders (CTLs).
John Deere's initial entries into the market deliver numerous advantages over current CTLs, including unmatched stability, visibility, serviceability, smoothness of ride, flotation and tractive efforts. Combine massive breakout forces—the best in the industry—with reinforced booms, thicker upper links, larger cooling capacity, and larger fuel tanks, and the result is the toughest CTLs on the market, according to Larry Foster, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Company.
“These machines were designed with rigorous compact track loader applications in mind—they can absorb the higher loads from increased pushing power and breakout forces,” Foster said. “They're not just a skid steer with tracks.”
Both models feature a two-speed transmission, hydraulic Quik-Tatch™, a self-leveling bucket, high-flow hydraulics and a comfortable HVAC system. The comprehensive instrumentation panel displays vital operating information and features sealed, easy-to-operate rocker switches. The CT 332 offers servo controls and an ergonomically shaped armrest for finger light efforts with maximum control.
With unmatched stability, the CT 322 and CT 332 can lift, carry and work where other machines cannot. Massive breakout forces deliver more digging power, and pushing power is maximized by superior tractive efforts. Faster ground speeds provide more cycles per hour than other machines. Deere's patented true vertical lift boom provides greater stability in the work zone (ground level to six feet) with superior reach at full lift height for center load placement during truck loading operations. Another significant benefit is excellent flotation, which is provided by lower ground pressure.
Several advancements to the undercarriage design provide an optimal ride. Large diameter idlers enhance the ride and durability of the steel reinforced rubber track, while a patented undercarriage design allows the front idler and front roller to move in tandem for a smoother ride. Additionally, lifetime seals and durable all-steel double flange rollers and idlers ensure a superior, longer-lasting undercarriage that will not deteriorate and degrade over time like rubber-coated rollers.
The overall design significantly enhances productivity, according to Foster. “As with our skid steers, the unified design of these compact track loaders delivers 360-degree visibility as well as best-in-class breakout forces and industry-leading bucket capacities,” he said. “Simply put, they move more material every cycle than the competition.”
Like John Deere skid steers, the CT 322 and CT 332 offer daily simplified maintenance and generous oil change intervals (500 hours when Plus-50 oil and Deere oil filters are used) lowering daily operating costs. Track adjustment is made by using a simple grease gun, and the open, Easy Clean undercarriage simplifies day-end cleanup and avoids excessive track wear because there's less material build-up. The oil cooler mounting in the rear swing-out door makes cleaning a snap. Lift-up top cover, swing-out rear door, lift-off side panels and quick pivoting ROPs provide unmatched 360-degree access to all components.
Several additional features contribute to maximized uptime. Routing for the track drive motor plumbing is internal, with full metal guards—a feature that's unique to Deere machines. All-steel drive sprockets, idlers and rollers designed from Deere's larger crawler dozers provide a longer life heavy-duty undercarriage.
The stability, traction and flotation of these machines enhance their versatility, especially in adverse working conditions. “Compact track loaders are particularly effective in soft, wet and steep terrain, as well as turf,” Foster said. “Customers are finding them to be an excellent tool for final grades on hillsides, landscaping, site development, and excavation in dry or wet soil conditions.”
About John Deere: John Deere (Deere & Company-NYSE:DE) is the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment; a major manufacturer of construction equipment; and a leading supplier of equipment used in lawn, grounds and turf care. Additionally, John Deere manufactures engines used in heavy equipment and provides financial services and other related activities that support the core businesses. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has established a heritage of quality products and services providing performance that endures to customers worldwide.
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