New John Deere L-Series Compact Wheel Loaders Tackle Toughest Jobsite Tasks

Built for construction contractors, landscapers and rental center operators, the new John Deere 204L and 304L compact wheel loaders deliver higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs. An evolution of the 204K and 304K models, the L-series models are built for tasks that require peak productivity in small spaces and over rough terrain.

“We’re packing more productivity and efficiency into the wheel loader with the release of our L-Series models,” said Drew Miller, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Perfect for year-round use, these workhorses were designed to take on tough jobs from warmer summer months to snowy winter conditions, while enabling the use of a versatile attachments portfolio when you need them.”

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The 62 horsepower (46 kW) 204L and 67 horsepower (50 kW) 304L models are equipped with Final Tier 4 Yanmar engines and fuel-efficient hydrostatic transmissions to keep noise to a minimum while still providing the productivity needed on the job. An optional ride control is now available, which reduces material spillage and makes for a smoother ride over rough and uneven terrain. Automatically activated front and rear differential locks provide increased traction in harsh conditions. The machine height of the 204L is also configurable to less than 8 feet, ideal for jobs with overhead space constraints.

The L-Series compact wheel loaders are equipped with features to minimize maintenance. Hydraulically released, self-adjusting park and service brakes, ground-level maintenance points accessibility and excellent cooler access provide safer and easier means of machine upkeep. The new models also offer extended service intervals for engine oil/filter, final drives oil and hydraulic oil.

Creature comforts on the new 204L and 304L increase operator comfort and efficiency. Owners have the option of selecting an enclosed cab or open station, providing unmatched 360-degree attachment visibility. An improved interior cooling system keeps the operator comfortable in warmer temperatures.


Providing superior versatility, the L-Series compact wheel loaders are compatible with over 100 John Deere Worksite Pro attachments. Redesigned as a result of extensive customer and dealer feedback, the auxiliary hydraulic control used for attachments has been moved to the primary joystick to increase attachments productivity and ease of use. An optional LED lighting package provides a more reliable light source to increase productivity in low light conditions.

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