1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
First-Of-Its-Kind Skid Steer Loader
The company unveiled the machine at the recent Royal Show in England to huge crowds of show-goers who gathered around to watch the compact loader go through its paces. They found the loader is specially designed for on-farm use.
"It has much higher ground clearance than other loaders its size," points out Hernold. "It's also equipped with a unique one-arm loader which is built strong enough to do as good a job or better than a 2-arm loader and takes up less room so we were able to equip this machine with a cab. Because it's got a cab, it's cleaner to operate and there's a side-mount door so you don't have to, climb out the front."
The most unique feature of the new loader is its steering system. "So far as we know, it's the first skid steer loader that can travel 180? sideways," says Hernold, noting that the loader will also make a perfect circle within its 7-ft., 8-in. turning radius, measuring to the outer edge of the bucket. The front and rear wheels follow in each other's tracks when circling and the loader can also move diagonally.
The loader, which is scheduled to go into production by the end of the year, is powered by a Deutz air-cooled 35-hp. diesel engine and moves at speeds from 0 to 15 mph. It features mechanical hydraulic drive on each of the four wheels, which Hernold says is tougher and more reliable than conventional hydraulic drive. The loader has a pto shaft and measures 4 ft., 8 in. size.
For more information, contact the company's U.S. distributor: FARM SHOW Followup, AIS Construction Equipment Corp., 3600 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing, Mich. 48906 (ph 517 321-8000).
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