Compact wheel loaders are one of the fastest-growing classes of equipment in agriculture today, and for good reason. Their versatility makes them the perfect do-all tools for stacking, loading, pallet transport, even snow removal. That’s why John Deere is thrilled to offer the new 326 P-Tier telescopic compact wheel loader, a powerful, easy-to-operate loader that’s sure to find a welcoming home on farms across the country.
“Ranchers and dairy producers will love the 326 P-Tier for its reach, its flexibility and its lift capacity,” said Luke Gribble, John Deere go-to-market manager. “Operators will enjoy it for the cab visibility, the boom controls and the exclusive Articulation Plus steering system. Put it all together, and the 326 P-Tier is a real ‘multitool’ for the farm or ranch.”
Lift, load and stack with over 16 feet of reach
Starting at the business end, the 326 P-Tier telescopic compact wheel loader offers 16-plus feet of reach from its telescopic lift arm – more than enough to stack bales or load TMRs – while still being compact enough to work in barns or other tight spaces. Extending and retracting the telescoping arm is performed with the mini-joystick located on the main control lever, meaning operators don’t have to remove their hands from the main controls to activate the arm.
To help guard against overloading the arm, the Load Torque Indicator System gives visual and audible alarms if stability limits are exceeded during lifting, lowering or extension. If the stability limit is reached, movement of the lift arm is only possible if the movement reduces the load. In addition, a separate indicator warns of potential overload of the tilt cylinder.
“Features like these help make the 326 P-Tier one of the most confidence-inspiring and operator-friendly wheel loaders available,” Gribble said. “And it is perfect for helping less-experienced operators become better, faster.”
A cab built for the business of movement
Inside the cab, operators will find a comfortable, easy-to-navigate environment with all the features necessary for stress-free lifting and loading. To start, the 9-inch touchscreen display puts key information within easy view; the configurable display shows key data such as warnings, status and machine-positioning information. Intuitive user-friendly menus allow operators to tailor the display and machine functionality to the task at hand.
Conveniently placed electro-hydraulic controls, customizable from the touchscreen display, offer Auto Return-to-Dig, and Auto Lift and Lower functions, and help to reduce cycle times while enabling consistent, repeatable movements. All the while, optional boom-mounted lights and standard overhead window allow a clear view to the end of the telescoping arm so operators can place bales, pallets or bucketloads with confidence.
The 326 P-Tier telescopic compact wheel loader also features a brisk 23-mph top speed to help move quickly between jobs. And for tight turning in barns and other cramped spaces, the industry-exclusive Articulation PlusTM steering system offers a full 30 degrees of articulation plus 10 additional degrees of rear-wheel steering.
“The farm or ranch is no place for equipment that doesn’t pull its weight,” Gribble said. “But with the power and versatility to tackle such a wide range of jobs, the 326 P-Tier is a ‘go-to’ piece of equipment for operations of all types and sizes.”