Published 11/3, 2022 at 09:14

It is one thing to muddle through the day to day challenges of a pandemic, but muddling through job after job using less than the best equipment won’t earn a contractor much profit, or future job opportunities.

So, with the return of trade shows on the horizon, why not start making plans now to give your equipment fleet a fresh look, with compact loaders and skid steers being a great place to start. Packed with both power and features to boost productivity, these mighty-mites are sure to become go to machines for all kinds of projects in all kinds of locations. You’ll be working safe—and working smart!


Komatsu’s new all-rounder with the latest EU Stage V Engine

The all-new Komatsu WA70M-8 compact wheel loader delivers what the company says are such features as first class operator comfort, optimum visibility, outstanding safety levels, an ergonomic interface, effortless operation and a bold contemporary styling for a strong distinctive visual presence. Combined with ‘Komtrax’, which allows owners to monitor all machine functions remotely, the WA70M-8 also features a hydraulic quick coupler, ‘Easy Fork’ kinematic and a wide range of attachments.

The WA70M-8 is equipped with a powerful Komatsu low emission engine and diesel particle filter (DPF) which complies with the EU Stage V regulations. Engine power has been increased by 25% vis a vis the previous model and now reaches 46.2kW. Optimised for tough construction applications, its fully automatic hydrostatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. High torque with the low rpm engine setting gives fast uphill travel performance thanks to stronger engine power. The operator can also rely on Easy Fork kinematic to transport loads with Komatsu pallet forks parallel to the ground without readjusting the fork tines. Operators still benefit from the ‘Z-bar’ kinematic, with high breakout force and fast and easy bucket filling for easy machine handling.

Thanks to the wide opening engine hood and tiltable cabin, all service points are easy to access. A 6,000h cleaning interval typically makes the DPF maintenance free for 10years. The newly designed engine boosts performance and helps to achieve low fuel consumption in every application. The engine hood opens widely for a quick daily inspection, the electric equipment is well protected behind a maintenance cover, and the easy to clean wide core radiator, with an optional reversible fan, is conveniently accessible.



Bobcat launches M3-Series compact loader line

To meet a variety of customer needs and budgets, Bobcat has launched the new M3-Series compact loader line. Four new skid steer and compact track loader models are now available in North America.

The four new model loaders comprise of the S510 and S590 skid steer loaders and the T550 and T595 compact track loaders. The line was developed to specifically support customers who are looking for more practical features, while complementing the R-Series line. Building on the established M2-Series loader, the new M3-Series is designed with the Bobcat turbo charged diesel engine, an innovative new fuel system, simplified configurations and fewer ancillary options combined with new modern decal styling.

All models are powered by 2.4l Tier 4 Bobcat engines with an innovative new fuel system, offering a range of 41kW-94 kW. The engine meets Tier 4 regulations without a diesel particulate filter (DPF), reducing downtime that occurs with DPF regeneration and long term DPF maintenance costs. The high efficiency hydraulic pumps are configured precisely for each model’s specific operating capacity and matched to cylinder size and loader lift capacity. This provides better breakout forces and faster cycle times. Bobcat engines also feature a robust combustion chamber that can handle greater pressure and produces more usable horsepower and torque for optimised performance when operating a variety of attachments.

The M3-Series’ durable, patented lift arm design and a choice of lift paths helps meet the unique needs of each jobsite. The S510 and T550 models feature a radius lift path to provide maximum reach truck bed height. The S590 and T595 models offer a vertical lift path for higher lift capacity and to achieve more reach at full lift height, keeping the load closer to the machine while the loader arms are raised. An innovative new fuel system makes low fuel levels more forgiving. Cold weather operation is improved and a variety of features, including a self-priming pump and a new fuel pre filter, make maintenance and service more convenient. Additional standard uptime features include automatic machine shutdown, on board diagnostics and battery run down protection to monitor engine, hydraulic and battery functions.



Volvo’s electric avenues

The L20 compact wheel loader is part of Volvo Construction Equipment’s growing range of electric machines aimed to provide a cleaner, more silent and more comfortable work environment while also meeting the company’s ambition to have at least 35% of its total range of vehicles fully electric by 2030.

The ‘L20 Electric’ is a proven concept based on the larger ‘L25 Electric’. It features a 1.8t payload and a parallel type linkage offering enhanced visibility of the attachment being used, good lifting height, as well as 100% parallel movements making it a perfect fit for fork applications. Expected to deliver up to 6h of active work per charge, the electric machine comes with a choice of battery packs (33kWh or 40kWh). Maintenance is said to be reduced by 30%, whilst the near silent motor provides quieter working conditions. New automatic park brakes with hill hold functionality, as well as a range of customisable work modes, are included.

The machine comes with an integrated on board charger allowing for full charging in under 6h. Using the  optional fast off board charger, a full charge can be made in around 2h. Volvo dealers are said to be able to calculate the expected operating time and optimum charging solution based on customers’ activities. The new model enables operation in noise sensitive areas and out of standard hours, as well as on low carbon projects and indoors without the need for costly fume extraction systems.



ASV expands ‘Max-Series’ skid steers

ASV’s Max-Series has been expanded with the addition of the vertical lift VS-75 and radial lift RS-75 skid steers. First introduced with compact track loaders in mid-2020 to give operators a premium experience, the new the skid steers benefit from a new, next generation cab available with 360o visibility, a roomier operator area, a more comfortable seat, a new high tech touch screen display and more. The skid steers also feature proven ASV benefits, including reliability, rated operating capacities, departure angles, breakout force, hydraulic performance, ground clearance, speed, ease of serviceability, cooling packages and more.

The RS-75 includes a 1,179kg rated operating capacity and a 26kN breakout force, while the VS-75 features a 26.3kN breakout force and a 1,588kg rated operating capacity. Both are equipped with 56kW engines. The VS-75’s high capacity is said by the company to rival many larger units, but with high levels of fuel economy. Both models are designed to navigate obstacles efficiently thanks to 267mm of ground clearance, which the company states is more than 51mm higher than any machine in their class. In addition, the purpose built chassis improves performance while climbing hills. Operator efficiency has been considered with a number of comfort and usability features available to be added to the basic configuration. Features include an optional fully suspended seat, one sided lap bar for easy entry and exit and a roomier cab.

Operators also benefit from a cleaner, quieter and more temperature stable work area with the optional highly pressurised, all weather cab. The latter’s improved seal helps repel noise, dust and debris and outside temperatures. An updated HVAC system allows for better overall circulation and defrosting capabilities within the cab. The cab also features a number of reliability improvements, including a design that better protects electronics with fully sealed, water tight wiring harnesses and fuse panels. The machines maximise serviceability with convenient and simple maintenance access. Swing out door and cooling systems provide access to filters and other daily checkpoints for easy maintenance.



New Holland launches its largest, most powerful CTL to date

New Holland Construction has expanded its compact track loader offering with the new C362. Offering rugged construction, power and performance, the C362 has an 85kW engine, a rated operating capacity of 2,81kg, and a breakout force of 57.4kN, and has been designed to tackle any project. The C362’s new frame design has a heavy duty steel rear door and rear hood. Bucket cylinders are mounted on the front of the boom arms to increase ingress clearance and add to bucket breakout force.

The patented New Holland ‘Super Boom’ vertical lift has been designed to optimise the C362 for lift and carry operations. With greater dump reach and height, customers can easily load high sided truck boxes or hoppers. Full 360o visibility comes with the C362’s low profile Super Boom arm and shoulder design, an integrated rear camera and new LED front work lights. Increased visibility is provided with the C362’s large glass door, lower front door threshold and transparent area on the cab roof.

The low-profile undercarriage design eases cleanout, reduces noise, and increase durability. It also provides an extended track life and smoother ride due to the steel-embedded tracks rolling on the rubber instead of steel. An in cab 203.2mm LCD display provides operators with engine settings and performance information, whilst ‘EZ EH’ custom screen settings allow for easy navigation and quick operation adjustments. The display also provides visibility to the rear of the loader for an efficient, safer operation.

The C362 is also built with electro hydraulic controls featuring multiple speed and sensitivity settings, including ‘creep mode’ and automatic straight line tracking. Creep mode is a slow speed option that gives the operator greater control for slow speed operations such as trenching and cold planing with speed thresholds of one to 100 increments. Automatic straight line tracking improves productivity and precision as it keeps a straight working and traveling path in uneven terrain.

For regular service or maintenance, the C362 allows for easy access to the engine. The rear door and hood provide quick service entry for daily and periodic maintenance. All major service points can be accessed by tilting the cab forward.



Gehl’s new RT135 CTL

Gehl has introduced the RT135 track loader, a 612kg capacity machine. The Gehl RT135 delivers power in a compact fashion, at an overall width of 1,448mm and height of 1,930mm, and a lift height of up to 2,794mm. With an operating weight of 2,953 kg, the RT135 can be easily transported, making it an ideal machine for the rental industry and construction sites. The Gehl RT135 is powered with a 34.7kW Yanmar engine that utilises automatic regeneration and zero fuel additives, providing cleaner emissions. In addition, built on an adapted R135 skid loader chassis for superior weight distribution and grading, the Gehl RT135 is designed for any jobsite.

Equipped with Level II FOPS, the RT135’s cab provides a robust operator station as well as high levels of visibility on all sides of the machine for precise material placement. The ‘IdealTrax’ track tensioning system is designed to reduce maintenance and track replacement costs by automatically tensioning the tracks when the engine is on, eliminating the chance of over tensioning and extending the life of the tracks. Track tension is released when the engine is turned off, reducing strain on sprockets and bearings. The system also eliminates the need for manual tensioning of the tracks and daily tension checks.

The Gehl RT135 track loader is compatible with most allied attachments. An optional ‘Power-A-Tach’ system engages and disengages an attachment without the operator having to leave the cab, providing an increase in efficiency and safety. Additional optional features on the RT135 include a back-up camera and a self-levelling hydraulic lift that keeps the attachment level throughout the raise/lift cycle.



New compact wheel loaders from Sany

Sany’s new four model line of compact wheel loaders includes the SW105 and SW115. The SW105’s 5,400kg operating weight is powered by a 53kW Yanmar 4TNV98C engine, while the 6,270kg SW115 has a 58kW TD 2.9 L4 turbocharged Deutz engine. For smaller applications, the smaller SW075 and SW085 are equipped with the Stage III Yanmar 4TNV88 engine. Their larger sister models are fitted with Stage V-compliant engines, with bucket capacities ranging from 0.7m3 to 1.1m3. The range comes with many well-known Sany key components. The standard configuration includes a hydraulic quick coupler and safety valves whilst the corresponding preparation for road homologation, such as TÜV certification, is also available. In addition to the high specification features as standard, the wheel loaders benefit from oscillating rear axles, which are normally found only on larger machines, to increase stability.



New anti-vibration undercarriage for John Deere 33G CTL

Expanding on its wide offerings of optional machine enhancements, John Deere has introduced an anti-vibration undercarriage system for the 333G compact track loader. Designed to reduce machine vibration and increase operator comfort, the anti-vibration undercarriage system was created as a solution to combat operator fatigue and enhance the user experience, helping operators to remain focused on the job at hand. Key features of the anti-vibration undercarriage system include an isolated undercarriage, bogie rollers, updated grease points, hydrostatic hose protection shield and rubber isolators. By utilising an anti-vibration suspension at the front and rear of the track frame and absorbing shock through the rubber isolators, the machine also provides a smoother ride for the operator. These features also enable the machine to travel at higher speeds while retaining material on the job, and permit the machine to flex up and down, further creating a more comfortable operator experience, ultimately helping reduce operator fatigue.

Designed with productivity in mind, the new bogie roller system allows for oscillating movement of the rollers, promoting smoother transitions when cresting a hill, improved stability on uneven grounds, and enabling larger debris to pass between the roller and track system. This updated design also features a new oscillating bogie arm, further enhancing operator efficiency. The design includes only four new grease points which are easy to access meaning operators can spend more time being productive.

Additional operator focused enhancements include a new angled steel shield to protect the hydrostatic hoses from exposure to debris. Additionally, rubber isolators were implemented to offer longer track life and allow easier repairs compared to other competitive solutions. The anti-vibration undercarriage system is now available on zig zag bar tracks on the 333G compact track loader models.



Wacker Neuson’s versatile WL34 wheel loader

The WL34 wheel loader from Wacker Neuson is designed to be a multifaceted and manoeuvrable machine that can move a great deal of material. It combines power, reliable hydraulics and compact dimensions with mature technology. Powered by a 45kW Deutz TD 2.9 L4 Stage V engine, the WL34 features a .62m3 bucket capacity, a conically tapered load arm for viewing transported items, and carefully arranged service accesses in the cabin to minimise maintenance times. It also possesses a hydrostatic all-wheel drive system, and central service and parking brake in the drive train that acts on all four wheels. The operator's cab includes a fully damped comfort seat with safety belt, weight, back and height adjustment, adjustable steering column and front and rear work lights.



Takeuchi launches new attachment programme

The new Takeuchi-US ‘Attachment Program’ offers a full line of Takeuchi branded attachments for each of the manufacturer’s product lines – compact excavators, compact track loaders and compact wheel loaders.  Takeuchi partnered with several market leading attachment manufacturers to provide attachments in five categories: land and vegetation management, construction management, agriculture management, snow removal and brooms. Altogether, there are nearly 40 different attachment families available ranging from buckets to forestry mulchers to snow blades and much more in between. Many attachments come in various models and sizes for a customisable solution for nearly any machine application.

Takeuchi’s full featured attachments offer standard configurations including bolt on cutting edges, connect under pressure quick couplers, heavy duty cylinders and optimised controls. Performance matched attachments have flow requirements and operating parameters that are matched to compatible machines for optimal performance. Takeuchi provides hose lengths with connect under pressure couplers on hydraulically operated attachments for fast, easy connections.


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