MOLINE, Ill. — John Deere recently added the 324E skid steer to its mid-frame E-Series line of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders (CTLs). Key highlights of the 74 horsepower 324E include upgraded controls and boom performance, auxiliary lines that are integrated through the boom for improved visibility and added protection, and cab improvements aimed at improving operator and machine productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs.

"The addition of the 324E is a great complement to our portfolio and provides contractors even more freedom to choose a skid steer that best suits their application needs," said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. "We're confident our customers won't find a more owner- and operator-friendly skid steer on the market, and that's because their input was the inspiration behind the best-in-class experience operators can expect from the E-Series line as a whole."

John Deere offers all major control patterns on the 324E, so the operator can decide how the work gets done. This includes ISO, H-pattern, or foot/joystick electrohydraulic (EH) joystick controls. The E-Series also features an industry-exclusive option that allows the operator to switch between all three control patterns, at any time, with the push of a button.

The 324E also includes improvements that enhance performance and make the machines more versatile. The patented vertical-lift boom design provides best-in-class performance throughout the lift path. It also offers greater reach (10 ft. 6 in.), clearing high sideboards, and even dumps to the center of tandem-axle trucks.

Best-in-class visibility from the cab is another key highlight of the 324E. Expansive curved front glass, a large top window and low side windows make it easy to see the surrounding job site. The skid steer also features a larger entryway and all-glass curved door providing wide-open access.

Like all E-Series models, the 324E is compatible with more than 100 available Worksite Pro attachments for customers looking to broaden their business. The universal Quik-Tatch system and connect-under-pressure couplers make attachment switchover quick and easy.