Mini Loader- Research before Purchase

Mini Loader- Research before Purchase

Mini Loader – Research before Purchase!

When looking at purchasing a Mini Loader or any type of machinery be sure you have done your research before you purchase.

A few points to consider:

1) MINI LOADER SAFETY AND STABILITY

  • How is the mini loaders stability, particularly on uneven terrain?
  • Whilst standing on the operators platform, are you able to clearly see your working
    attachment? (Very important when working in and around underground services)
  • With the bucket fully lowered, is the bucket sitting flat and are the arms securely
    against the solid frame structure?
  • Do you have 2 lift cylinders to evenly distribute the load and lift evenly?
  • Does the weight distribution allow an adequate safe working load?

2) QUALITY WORKMANSHIP

  • Is the chassis a solid plate structure or an RHS frame?
  • Are the arms made from thick enough steel?
  • Is the hitch plate thick enough? (The hitch plate is a high stress part).

3) SERVICE AND PARTS

  • Are spare parts, in particular wheels and tyres reasonably priced?
  • What are the costs involved in replacement tracks?
  • Can the machine switch between tracks and wheels? (This is very important when
    working on rocky areas or bitumen as tracks will wear quickly)

4) LOAD BEARING & FUNCTIONALITY

  • Does the mini loader have 2 oil pumps? To avoid a rob Peter to feed Paul situation
    when using 2 functions at once
  • Will the hydraulics allow the machine to raise the arms and drive simultaneously?
  • Are there multiple drive speeds to get the job done quickly?
  • Do the machine have adequate HP?
  • Many machines run a D902 Kubota-20.4HP, some also use Yanmar 3TNV series 27HP engine.
  • When trenching, can both drive levers be operated using the one hand? (Important when trenching)
  • Does the hydraulic circuit allow for adequate flow for both the trencher and the
    drive wheels?