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    Simplified routing of the electrical and hydraulic systems helps boost reliability and ease maintenance. Wiring and hoses are placed for protection against wear and damaging bends.

    Continuously variable transmission

    The easy-to-use CVT transmission automatically senses the load and delivers more torque and tractive effort as needed to maintain the desired speed.

    Steering sensors

    Steering sensors control articulation speed when nearing frame-to-frame contact, cushioning impact during full articulation and to enhancing operator comfort.


    Two-speed 4000 and 6000 Winches increase line pull and is faster than the single-speed winch on previous models. Optional 16.3-square-meter (17.5 square foot) grapple on the 648L-II helps you deliver more wood to the landing with fewer skids, boosting productivity.

    Stable and capable

    Combining impressive horsepower and power-to-weight ratio with a constant engine speed, the 648L-II delivers superb responsiveness with maximum efficiency. Rock-solid stability provides excellent pulling power, especially when climbing hills, navigating adverse terrain, or hauling bigger payloads.

    Precision forestry

    Take the guesswork out of planning, implementing, and monitoring your logging operation. The tools of our production-planning and -tracking system expand on the core technology features that come standard in every John Deere Forestry machine to unleash a powerful new array of possibilities:

    • TimberMatic™ Maps is an innovative onboard software solution that helps you reimagine your jobsites. Real-time production views, optimized routes, and shared wireless connections between machines make it easier than ever before to take your forestry operation to the next level.
    • TimberManager™ is a web-based solution for PCs, tablets, and mobile phones that allows you to follow jobsite progress. Combined with TimberMatic Maps, this software provides complete visibility of your operation — from land harvested to specific machines — so you can streamline communication, analyze tasks, and increase productivity.
    John Deere Connected Support™

    Your John Deere Forestry machine arrives from the factory equipped with a powerful set of technologies and capabilities already built in:

    • JDLink™ connectivity lets you track your equipment, see which machines are working, and know if they’re being utilized properly and at maximum productivity and efficiency.
    • Enabled through JDLink, John Deere Connected Support leverages a suite of dealer and factory tools designed to deliver increased uptime and productivity, and lower daily operating costs.
    • Remote Diagnostics and Programming Capability within John Deere Connected Support helps your dealer warn you of any issue with your machine — often before you know of the problem yourself — and initiate solutions without charging you for a technician’s visit to your jobsite.
    • Our advanced dual approach to Machine Health combines the expertise of the technology specialists at our dealerships with the data specialists at our central Machine Health Monitoring Center (MHMC).



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    Engine Manufacturer
    John Deere
    Engine Model
    PowerTech PSS 6.8L
    Displacement, ltr (Inches³)
    6.8 (415)
    Engine Output, kW (hp)
    177 (237)
    Engine Torque, Nm (lbf / ft)
    1025 (756)
    Continuous Variable Transmission
    Service Brake Type
    Inboard Wet discs
    Parking Brake Type
    Wet multi-disc in Transmission


    Overall Length, mm (inches)
    8129 (320)
    Height Over Cab, mm (inches)
    3365 (132.5)
    Overall Width, mm (inches)
    3233 (127.3)
    Wheelbase, mm (inches)
    3680 (144.8)
    Dozer Blade Height, mm (inches)
    687.6 (27.1)
    Ground Clearance, mm (inches)
    557 (21.9)
    Dozer Blade Width, mm (inches)
    2192 (86.3)
    Dozer Blade - Dig Depth, mm (inches)
    359 (14.1)
    Tong Opening At Tips, mm (inches)
    3226 (127)
    Enclosure Area, m² (ft²)
    1.63 (17.5)
    Steering Articulation Angle, ± Degrees


    Fuel Tank, ltr (gallons (US))
    391.8 (103.5)
    Hydraulic Tank, ltr (gallons (US))
    123.6 (32.6)
    Alternator Output, Amp


    Travel Speed, kph (mph)
    24.74 (15.37)
    Oscillation Point
    Front axle
    Oscillation Angle, ± Degrees
    Rated Line Pull, kN (lbf)
    221 (49696)
    Rated Line Speed, m/min (ft/min)
    27.4 (90)
    System Voltage, V
    Var. piston


    Operating Weight, kg (lbs)
    19054 (42159)

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