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  • Net Power: 400 kW (536 hp) @ 1,600 rpm
  • Bucket Capacity: 7.65 m³ (10 cu. yd.)
  • Operating Weight: 53 500 kg (117 947 lb.)

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    PowerTech™ EPA Interim Tier 4 (IT4)/EU Stage IIIB engine coupled with a hybrid-electric drive delivers significant fuel savings over 9-yard3 (6.88 m3) loaders with conventional drivetrains.

    Hybrid-electric drive system is designed to be more dependable. Brushless A/C generators and motors, water-cooled brake resistors, and solid-state power electronics deliver reliable, long-term performance. Reduced engine-speed range increases wear life over conventional drives.


    Flow-sharing hydraulic system boasts the fastest cycle times and the quickest boom-raise time in the 944K’s size class, speeding short-pattern truck loading. Each boom and bucket function has its own hydraulic pump for quick, smooth operation, and faster truck loading.

    Front fender has been cut back to enable greater visibility to the front tire, so the operator can see when slippage occurs. Fender extensions are available.

    Engine runs at a choice of three constant operator-selected rpms, so boom and bucket functions are powerful, responsive, and quick, while optimum fuel efficiency is maintained. Reduces overall machine noise and operator fatigue.

Hybrid-Electric Drive

    Hybrid-electric drive smoothly and efficiently recaptures energy to slow the loader when the operator lets off the accelerator. This lessens the load on the engine and reduces fuel consumption.

Nevergrease™ Pin Joints

    The NeverGrease option includes a pin-joint system for the linkage and boom joints that eliminates greasing, extends pin-joint life, and provides consistent life across the system.


    Quad-Cool design places coolers in a boxed configuration that’s isolated from engine heat, for increased efficiency and durability.


    Coast-control feature functions like dynamic braking in a hydrostatic transmission, slowing the loader without touching a pedal and helping reduce service-brake component wear.


    Joystick steering adapts to ground speed to deliver smooth, low-effort control for fatigue-beating comfort. F-N-R switch with up- and downshift buttons ensures fast, smooth shifting and directional changes.

Cab Comfort

    More spacious cab is 10-in. wider than the 844K-II, making it the largest in its class.

    At only 108 dBA, noise is much less noticeable to bystanders than with other loaders, making this loader a good neighbor. For the operator, cab noise is only 72 dBA.

Serviceability & Uptime

    All daily service points including fueling are grouped for quick and convenient ground-level access.

    The 944K is available with four bucket options, a 6.88-m³ (9.0 cu. yd) spade-nose rock bucket, 6.5-m³ (8.5 cu. yd) heavy-duty granite spade-nose rock bucket, a 7.65-m³ (10 cu. yd.) general-purpose pin-on bucket or a less bucket option.

    Four standard tie-off points are located on top of the cab above each ROPS post that meet MSHA and OSHA requirements. The operator or technician can simply remove the bolt and install their safety device while performing service on the 944K.



  • Engine Manufacturer John Deere
  • Engine Model PowerTech PSX 6135
  • Emission Rating Interim Tier 4
  • Displacement, ltr (Inches³) 13.5 (824)
  • Rated Speed, rpm 1600
  • Engine Output - Net, kW (hp) 400 (536)
  • Torque, Nm (lbf / ft) 2530 (1866)
  • Torque Rise, % 23
  • Transmission Type A/C Electric
  • Tire size - Standard 35 / 65 R33
  • Service Brake - Type Wet Multi Disc
  • Service Brake - Location All Wheels
  • Service Brake - Actuation Hydraulic
  • Parking Brake - Type Wet Multi Disc


  • Height - Over Cab, mm (ft/in) 4150 (13 ft 4 in)
  • Wheelbase, mm (ft/in) 4500 (14 ft 9 in)
  • Length - Including Bucket, mm (ft/in) 11690 (38 ft 4 in)
  • Ground clearance, mm (inches) 582 (22.9)
  • Width Over tires - Std, mm (ft/in) 3729 (12 ft 3 in)
  • Height - Pivot Pin, mm (ft/in) 5350 (17 ft 7 in)
  • Reach - At 2130mm 45° Dump, mm (ft/in) 2870 (9 ft 5 in)
  • Turning Circle - Maximum, mm (ft/in) 17860 (58 ft 6 in)


  • Fuel Tank, ltr (gallons (US)) 761 (201)
  • Hydraulic Tank, ltr (gallons (US)) 378 (100)
  • Transmission, ltr (gallons (US)) 34 (9)
  • Heaped Capacity, m³ (yd³) 7.65 (10)
  • Bucket Capacity - Smallest, m³ (yd³) 6.5 (8.5)
  • Largest bucket capacity, m³ (yd³) 7.65 (10)
  • Breakout - Bucket , kgf (lbf) 46896 (103388)
  • Ride Control System Optional
  • System Voltage, V 24
  • Alternator Output, Amp 150
  • Pump Type Axial Piston Pump
  • Pump Flow, lt/min (gallons (US) / min) 379 (100)
  • System Pressure, bar (PSI) 350 (5000)


  • Operating Weight, kg (lbs) 53500 (117947)


  • Dump Height, mm (ft/in) 3770 (12 ft 4 in)
  • Reach at Full Height, mm (ft/in) 1800 (5 ft 11 in)
  • Tipping Load - Straight, kg (lbs) 38059 (83906)


  • Mobile, AL
    2480 East I-65 Service Road North, Mobile, AL 36617
    (800) 848-8563
  • Pensacola, FL
    3195 W Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534
    (850) 476-0277
  • Panama City, FL
    4625 North Highway 231, Panama City, FL 32404
    (850) 769-4844
  • Freeport, FL
    33 Industrial C, Freeport, FL 32439
    (850) 835-3337
  • Jacksonville, FL
    6870 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32216
    (904) 296-5000
  • Palatka, FL
    356 North Highway 17, Palatka, FL 32177
    (386) 325-6268
  • Lake City, FL
    2578 Se Baya Drive, Lake City, FL 32025
    (386) 752-9544
  • Ocala, FL
    4539 NW 44th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34482
    (352) 732-4646
  • Perry, FL
    3033 US Highway 27 East, Perry, FL 32348
    (850) 584-9200
  • Tallahassee, FL
    7566 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    (850) 575-5600