2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Compact Articulating Loader Fits Small Spaces
“Sub-compact and compact loaders have been very popular in Europe for several years,” says Glen Parrett, business development manager at Richway. “In fact, they’re more popular than skid steers. We identified that as a growth market in North America, and we’ve been filling that void with success.”
Parrett says Richway’s loader is compact and has articulated steering. It works well on building and landscaping projects around houses on smaller city lots and is also handy around buildings and livestock pens on farms, where it can move through smaller openings than a skid steer. It’s powered by a 24.8-hp. Kubota diesel engine. The 12 gpm hydraulic drive train uses just 2 gals. of oil and operates at 2,500 psi. The 7 gal. fuel tank keeps the machine running all day.
The loader has a universal style attachment plate that’s common to mini-skids, so working tools such as an auger, mower, brush cutter, and grapple bucket are available. Parrett says the machine has more lift capacity than a mini-skid, which is also a benefit. “Mini skids are useful, but when you need a little more capacity and still want something easy to run, our sub-compact loader fits well,” Parrett says. “With added lift capacity, you’re not necessarily compromising on the footprint of the unit itself. It’s still fairly compact.”
Parrett says, “I have a lot of experience with skid steers, and one of the issues I had was not being able to see the cutting edge of the bucket from the driver’s seat. That’s not the case with the Richway machine because the operator has clear visibility to the front of the bucket. Our machine also has a 2-in. receiver. The operator station is accessed from the side of the machine, and a suspension seat provides excellent comfort. Maintenance is easy because multiple hinge points have greaseless bearings.”
Another benefit of the Richway loader is that its wheels and articulating steering tend to leave less ground damage than a traditional skid steer. The loader’s total weight allows it to be transported on a heavy-duty utility trailer pulled by a half-ton pickup truck rather than a 3/4 or 1-ton pickup that most skid steers require.
Richway’s sub-compact articulating loader’s suggested retail price is $48,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richway Industries, 504 N Maple St., Janesville, Iowa 50647 (www.richway.com).
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