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Tips For Purchasing Wheel Loaders

Aug 27th 2015 at 2:06 AM

If you’re in the market for a brand new wheel loader but you’ve never purchased one before, we understand that the process can be a little daunting. After all, these machines are quite expensive so you don’t want to make a mistake. In this article, we have provided some handy tips for purchasing your new loader.

  1. Size It Correctly
    It is important that you don’t purchase a machine that is too small or too large for the application. You can determine the right size by asking yourself a number of questions, such as: how much material needs to be moved on a daily basis and what size or weight the materials are.
  2. Don’t Waste Fuel
    As fuel is one of the greatest expenses that any equipment owner has, it is important that you consider this in your purchase. Having too much or too little horsepower can waste large amounts of fuel. Idle time, improper operator behaviour and maintenance can also affect fuel efficiency.
  3. Arm Configurations
    Depending on the model, most wheel loaders are available in Z-bar, XR and XT configurations. Z-bar is the most common, but XR is quite useful in agricultural applications and XT is beneficial in material handling applications. Ensure that you have chosen correctly.
  4. Make It Comfortable
    Keep in mind that your operators will spend upwards of 10 hours per day sitting in the machine, so it’s important that they are comfortable. Air conditioning, heat and a radio are some of the features that are most popular for ensuring the comfort of operators.
  5. Make It Visible
    Ensuring that operators have complete visibility can go a long way towards preventing accidents and incidents. Floor to ceiling windows will allow them to see everything on the jobsite, whilst lighting can ensure that operators can see when working at night or dusk.
  6. Simple Servicing
    It’s a good idea to choose a wheel loader that offers easy access to important maintenance compartments, as this will make daily and routine maintenance easier than ever. This will also make cleaning easier, ensuring that you can get into all the nooks and crannies.
  7. Consider the Extreme
    You should take into account the extremes of your environment and add options to your purchase based on this, such as low temperature packages. It is essential that your machine can handle your jobsite environment, otherwise it will struggle or break down.
  8. Consider Attachments
    Keep in mind that the ability to quickly switch between a wide variety of attachments can expand the capabilities of the machine. Consider the attachments that you need now as well as those that you might need on future jobsites, such as forks and specialty buckets.

We hope that you found the above tips useful in making your wheel loader purchase. If you still have questions or aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for, ensure that you speak with an expert. They will be more than happy to steer you in the right direction or to offer their own recommendations.

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