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Mini Skid Steers Handle Tough Jobs
In the early 1980’s, Australian inventors John Alan Porter and Doug McIlwraith grew increasingly tired of the hard labor in the landscaping business. Their physical exhaustion eventually encouraged them to build a clever labor-saver they called a motorized wheelbarrow. It worked well, so a year later, they built another one with an 11-hp. gas engine, painted it red and white, and sold it. The partners initially called their machine a dingo, changed the name to Jaden a few years later, and to Kanga Loaders in 1988. The company has been on a roll ever since.
Today, Kanga produces several compact loader models and even a remote-controlled version that’s gaining traction. Kanga still has its manufacturing headquarters in Australia. Distributors and dealers are in the U.S., UK, South Africa, and New Zealand.
The mini-loaders are used by rental businesses, public works crews, landscapers, and others who want motorized power to replace physical labor. The company even offers three custom-built “Business on a Trailer” models that carry a Kanga loader and several attachments. Kanga recently partnered with Kubota to supply engines for its machines.
Rod Lehpamer, Kanga General Manager, says the company’s loaders have economized and simplified the workplace for hundreds of businesses. He says the company’s focus has always been on making the mini-loader more productive and not on building larger, more powerful models. Their machines are compatible with more than 60 attachments that dig, carry, haul, build, or plant almost anything.
Amy Root owns a Colorado Landscape and Design business that’s used two Kanga Loaders for 15 years. Root says they use nearly 20 attachments in their business that do everything from digging holes and rooting out stumps to hauling rocks or building walls. She says the machines are powerful, easy to use, virtually trouble-free, and if there has been an issue, the company has excellent service.
Contact the company for pricing as different model sizes, attachments, and engine options are available.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kanga Loaders, 2325 Industrial Parkway SW, Dyersville, Iowa 52040 (www.kangaloaderusa.com).

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