When we think about the jack of all trades in construction equipment, many think first of the skid steer. What other piece of equipment can be used for more applications while squeezing into more tight quarters? As versatile as the skid steer is, the compact wheel loader is a worthy competitor. Today's models are designed to be compact enough to handle the constraints of crowded jobsites, while offering the performance and productivity most often expected of larger machines. Following are what some of the leading manufacturers have to offer in the way of the jobsite powerhouse that is the compact wheel loader.
Case compact wheel loaders offer Versa-Boom linkage for excellent reach, visibility and precise parallel lift. They achieve greater material retention with increased bucket roll back, while a comfortable cab boosts operator productivity. All models feature easy access to service points at ground level. These machines are ideal for landscaping, industrial material handling and residential construction applications.
Four models are available. The Case 21E compact wheel loader is rated at 50 hp (38 kW), with an operating capacity of 10,173 lbs. (4615 kg). The Case 121E is rated at 60 hp (45 kW), and offers an operating capcity of 10,849 lbs. (4921 kg).
The Case 221E and 321E compact wheel loaders are rated at 69 and 77 hp (51 and 57 kW), and have rated operating capacities of 11,947 and 12,676 lbs. (5419 and 5750 kg), respectively.
Standard buckets range from 1.0yd3 (0.9 m3) on the Case 21E, up to 1.4 yd3 (1.1 m3) on the Case 321E.
Four models range from 10,173 to 12,676 lbs. operating capacity
Standard buckets range from 1.0yd3 to 1.4 yd3
Versa-Boom linkage for excellent reach, visibility and precise parallel lift
Wacker Neuson’s newest wheel loader, model WL 37, is the only articulated wheel loader on the market to offer high-flow auxiliary hydraulics for enhanced attachment performance. This 3.7 metric-ton unit offers a straight load capacity of 5,926 lbs. and fully articulated tipping capacity of 4,912 lbs. using a standard 0.78-cu.-yd. bucket. Power comes from a 4-cylinder, 77.8-hp turbocharged Deutz diesel engine.
Wacker Neuson is the only manufacturer to offer a wheel loader with a true high-flow option. The WL 37 is available with 17-gpm auxiliary hydraulics or a true high-flow option of 33 gpm. This high-flow option allows the unit to operate high-flow attachments such as cold planers, snow blowers, etc.
The articulated WL 37 features a built-in articulated joint that reacts to uneven ground and ensures that all four wheels remain on the ground at all times, providing for extremely stable operation.
The large engine cover and compartment allows for easy access to daily maintenance and service points. The driver’s cabin can be tipped to the side for optimum accessibility to the hydraulic system, electrical system and articulated cylinder.
According to Marcus Auerbach, director of compact equipment, "The Wacker Neuson compact wheel loaders can perform the same tasks as a higher-powered skid loader but deliver up to 30% in fuel savings. They are also faster on the jobsite and should have higher resale values at trade-in time too. Add to this the wide range of attachment tools we offer and you really do have a machine that can match the versatility of a skid loader and save a decent amount of money on the jobsite."
Straight load capacity of 5,926 lbs.
Fully articulated tipping capacity of 4,912 lbs. using a standard 0.78-cu.-yd. bucket
True high-flow option on offers 33-gpm auxiliary hydraulics
Gehl Company features three new additions to its compact articulated loader line: models 140, 340 and 540. These machines are designed for landscapers, farmers, ranchers, stable operators, fertilizer and feed plants, municipalities and grounds maintenance crews world-wide.