Customers Inspire Right Size for New John Deere Crawler Loader
The new 605K Crawler Loader from John Deere was designed and built using significant customer input, to provide contractors a machine that helps increase productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs. Assembled in Dubuque, Iowa, the latest addition to the K-Series line builds on the highly successful 755K and the recent introduction of the 655K.
“On today’s jobsite, crawler loaders continue to be the most versatile tool for moving materials, digging, backfilling, landscaping and loading trucks,” said Jon Gilbeck, global product marketing manager for crawler loaders for John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The 605K provides the right balance of horsepower, bucket capacity, and breakout force for maximum productivity in the right-sized package, while lowering contractor input costs per yards of material moved.”
The 605K features a John Deere PowerTech 4.5-L IT4/Stage IIIB diesel engine that delivers a productive combination of power and torque. The new model boasts a net 110 hp at 2,200 rpm.
A key feature of the 605K is the hydrostatic transmission, a feature John Deere first pioneered in crawler dozers in North America in 1976. These transmissions provide customers infinite speed control, power management, live power turns, counter rotation while staying in gear, and dynamic braking. Designed with customer input, the transmission controls allow operators to pick between the V-pattern or joystick transmission control option to get work done. In addition, Total Machine Control allows customized machine response that can be tailored to meet the needs of individual operators.
Customers can choose between two-bucket options: a general-purpose bucket or a four-in-one multipurpose bucket with lifetime lubricated bucket pivot pins to increase uptime by eliminating periodic service. In addition, a rear ripper design helps turn materials on the jobsite.
John Deere’s exclusive Quad-Cool system isolates coolers from engine heat for increased efficiency and durability. A standard hydraulic-driven variable-speed suction fan runs only as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption, and cooling component wear.
Inside the cab, operators will find increased comfort thanks to quieter operation, larger access doors, and a standard air suspension seat. A viscous cab mounting reduces noise from vibration while double-laminated rear window glass and complete interior sound-dampening treatment significantly reduce noise levels. The 605K also features a sealed switch model (SSM) with keyless start and the ability to enable exclusive features such as turbocharger cool-down and auto shutdown. A touchpad security system requires a numeric pass code to prevent unauthorized operation.
Onboard diagnostics include a standard display monitor that provides real time values for every temperature, pressure, and speed sensor on the machine. The crawler loader constantly monitors transmission temperature to avoid damage to the hydrostat system. If the transmission temperature is too cold or too hot, the associated light on the monitor will illuminate.
Fleet managers, owners or operators looking to get the most out of their equipment can rely on John Deere WorkSight, the most comprehensive, easy-to-use suite of technology available for increasing uptime and productivity while lowering operating costs. JDLink monitoring provides real-time machine usage and health data, plus location info. Fleet Care proactively suggests maintenance to correct problems early before they cause costly downtime. Service ADVISOR Remote enables the John Deere dealer to read diagnostic codes, record performance data, and even update software without a trip to the jobsite. Integrated payload weighing delivers load data.