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Wheel Loaders are the ultimate diggers and used for a variety of purposes such as farming, mining, construction, and landscaping. They come in a wide variety of sizes. You can also choose different Wheel Loader bucket options and attachments such as forks, jackhammers or sweepers.

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Wheel Loader Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Wheel Loaders?

Wheel loaders are a vital part of most construction fleets. They can be used for digging, scooping, and hauling, giving them plenty of power and reliability.

A Wheel Loader is comprised of a large bucket in the front with arms running from each side of a central cab. They’re commonly used for jobs which require a significant amount of material to be moved. This makes them popular for:

  • Quarries and Gravel Pits
  • Landscaping Businesses
  • Stockpile Yards
  • Larger Scale Construction
  • Mining

What Sizes of Loaders are Available?

Wheel loaders are available in lots of different sizes. We find that people mostly choose small loaders – with around 50 to 80 horsepower (hp) and an operating capacity of between 2,000 to 5,000 lbs – or a mid-range wheel loader – one with between 100 and 300 hp and an operating capacity of up to 30,000 or higher.

High-end wheel loaders do exist, but they are massive machines that are used for large-scale operations such as mining. A large wheel loader can have an engine between 500 and 1,5000 hp and they have operating capacities in the tons – handling between 20 and 40 tons in a single scoop. A good mid-size loader can do the job in most situations.

The actual physical size of your wheel loader may prove to be a limitation; if you require it to fit into a garage or into a narrow passage, then you should know the size limits before purchasing a specific model.

What are Wheel Loaders Used for?

A full-size wheel loader can handle a variety of different jobs thanks to the wide range of attachments. A bucket is the most common and popular choice. These are available as small and tough rock buckets up to big buckets for scooping light fill.

You can attach more than just buckets to a wheel loader though. They are popular in scrap yards. Here they are attached with grapples for lifting heavy bundles of junk. They are also used in lumber yards where they make short work of moving logs.

If you expect you’ll regularly be changing your attachments, then having a quick coupler makes it easier to make the changes. However, couplers could also reduce the overall capacity of a machine, as well as the breakout force, so it wouldn’t be worth getting if you don’t have a lot of attachments.

Are there Alternative Machines?

The Wheel Loader may be the right tool for your job, but there are many others which might be more ideal.

If you’re only looking to move small amounts of material then a skid steer might be an appropriate tool. It’s a much smaller piece of machinery but features a similar front-bucket setup and is a lot of fun to drive.

If you need to move a lot of material but also want to extend your reach or dig trenches, then a backhoe loader is likely your best bet. This machine features a front bucket and central cab which looks almost identical to a small wheel loader. It features an additional tool on the back however, a long-armed smaller sized bucket designed for trench digging or excavating material.

Tips on Choosing a Supplier

Wheel loaders don’t come cheap by any means. Expect to be paying between $50,000 and $150,000 for a new small-to-mid-size wheel loader. Given how much a loader costs, you can see why it’s worth choosing a dealer that will support your purchase across its lifetime.

Look for a dealer who has significant experience with construction equipment. Ask them how long they have been in business, the manufacturers they work with, and what accessories they offer such as trailers, attachments, and replacement parts and tires.

Other Purchasing or Rental Considerations

  • Old loaders are made with hand and foot levers for controlling the functions of the machine, while new models have more efficient “pilot controls”. These are dual joysticks that give operators full control without the stress.
  • The cabs of wheel loaders are starting to resemble automobile interiors as they get larger, have better lines of sight, and have extras such as climate control, suspension seats, and outlets for phones and accessories. These are for more than just decoration too. A comfortable operator is a happy and productive one.
  • All newly made wheel loaders are required to meet the Tier-3 emission standards that are set by the EPA. This will make them less harmful to the environment and can reduce average operating costs too.

What Attachments Can be Added?

Part of the popularity of Wheel Loaders is that they can be used with a variety of different attachments. This makes them a versatile tool ideal for many projects. A bucket is what comes standard with your loader. Buckets are used commonly to move aggregates, soil, grain and other items.

The other popular attachments include:

  • Pallet forks – allows it to perform the tasks of a forklift
  • Multi-purpose/4-in-1 buckets – able to close and open pneumatically
  • Grapple buckets – with large arms to grab large material
  • Jackhammers – to crush and break up roads, rocks or concrete
  • Brooms – easily clean up a site
  • Trenchers – for digging trenches
  • Snow blower – remove snow from tight spaces like parking lots
  • Stump grinders – for grinding down tree stumps
  • Rototillers – farmers can use it to mix-up soil

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