L Series Deere backhoe loaders have been upgraded. Models in the series include the 310L, 310SL, 315SL, 310SL HL, and 410L.
Ranging across the L Series backhoe loader lineup, the updates include engine upgrades, new pressure-compensated load-sensing (PCLS) hydraulics on the 310SL model, and machine control improvements.
The 310L, 310SL, 315SL, 310SL HL, and 410L models are now equipped with a 4.5L John Deere PowerTech EWL engine, increasing power, improving torque, and providing greater reliability, the company says. This Tier 4-F engine results in a boost in horsepower across the models, while the removal of the exhaust gas recirculation system and components is meant to improve reliability.
The redesign also includes improved filter locations for easier access when changing or servicing fuel and diesel exhaust fluid filters.
Additionally, the John Deere 310SL is now available with PCLS hydraulics. Already offered on the 310SL HL, 410L and 710L, the PCLS system results in increased productivity and improved backhoe controllability at any engine speed, according to Deere. Also, trenching operation can now be conducted at lower engine rpm, reducing fuel consumption and lowering job site noise.
The 310SL has been equipped with Lift Mode. When enabled, it automatically sets the engine speed to 1,400 rpm and increases max hydraulic pressure to 4,000 psi, for up to a 10- to 15-percent increase in backhoe lift capacity.
In the cab, buttons for the horn, selective flow, auxiliary proportional roller, and extendable dipper stick have been integrated into the backhoe pilot controls for ease of use.
Now available as a base offering on the 310SL, 315SL, 310SL HL, 410L, and 710L models, AutoShift technology automatically adjusts the transmission to the most appropriate gear for an enhanced operator experience.
And, these five models now feature Auto Ride Control as the only ride control option, eliminating the need to manually turn the feature on and off during load-and-carry applications. Auto Ride Control enhances ease of use, improves ride quality, and reduces front bucket material spillage.
Other key features include an LED boom light kit for increased visibility to the bottom of the trench, and a redesigned loader lever linkage that reduces resistance and improves its throw and feel, according to Deere.
Key changes to the 310L EP include a simpler front-axle design and a four-speed manual synchromesh transmission. Directional changes remain controlled with a steering column mounted lever for forward, neutral, and reverse.