The 244L and 324L compact wheel loaders have operating weights of 12,258 and 14,110 pounds, respectively, and are powered by 73-horsepower (gross) Yanmar engines. Bucket breakout force is 10,792 lb.-ft. for the 244L and 11,839 lb.-ft. for the 324L.
Articulation Plus steering system couples rear-wheel steer with an articulated frame, which provides stability with a tight turning radius, the company says. Full-turn tip load is 8,157 pounds for the 244L and 9,766 pounds for the 324L. Loader linkage advancements provide improved parallel lifting, with 6 degrees of rollback. Full-lift dump height is 8 feet 3 inches and 10 feet 3 inches, respectively.
An auto shift hydrostatic transmission works with a two-speed gearbox for a faster travel speed—23 mph—than the predecessor models.