The Famed Global Brand Builds in America for the Local Contractor
Wacker Neuson introduced its specially designed skid steer line to the North American market in early 2014. The radial- and vertical-lift models were designed from the ground up for the users in the region with the understanding that the need for performance, durability and comfort were key to the design. In 2015, Wacker Neuson rolled the first U.S.-made models off their state-of-the-art production line at the company’s Menomonee Falls, Wis. manufacturing plant. The SW models available in the United States and Canada are backed by a two-year or 2,000-hour (whichever comes first), bumper-to-bumper warranty. The company’s skid steer line complements a growing line of machines that help customers be more efficient on the job and make the most of their equipment investment.
Wacker Neuson’s skid steer offering includes the SW24 radial-lift skid steer that delivers 2,350 lbs of rated operating capacity at 50 percent of tip load and a lift height up to 10 ft, 5 in. The SW28 is a vertical-lift skid steer offering 2,800 lbs of rated operating capacity at 50 percent of tip load and a class-leading lift height of 11 ft, 2 in., says Wacker Neuson. Both machines are equipped with a 74.3-hp turbocharged Perkins Tier 4 Final engine with a maintenance-free particulate matter catalyst (PMC) aftertreatment system. The units are available with both H-pattern and ISO joystick hydraulic pilot controls.
The ergonomically designed controls and pressurized cab deliver comfort and visibility, reducing operator fatigue and increasing safety. Standard features include two-speed transmission, adjustable suspension seat, backup alarm, rear and top window, auxiliary hydraulics with faster quick-coupler pressure relief, 12-by-16.5-in. multi-terrain tires and mechanical coupler. A variety of packages are available to match features based on preference, jobsite conditions and price. Optional features available, depending on the package chosen, include a hydraulic universal attachment plate, fully enclosed pressurized cab with HVAC system, engine block heater, hydraulic bucket level, ride control, AM/FM radio, one-way hydraulic self-leveling, adjustable auxiliary high flow, additional counter weights and 14-pin front electrical attachment controls.
Wide open entry ways and flat floors allow for easier accessibility when getting in and out while providing ample leg and foot room. The cab is tightly sealed to keep out noise and dust, creating a clean and comfortable operating environment. Optional features such as the integrated HVAC system with automotive-style louvers direct tempered air where the operator needs it most, making for fog-free days. The expansive curved front glass, large top window and low side windows provide a panoramic view of the jobsite from the cab. This view also provides the operators with a better vantage point to control the attachment. With the ability to see both the leading edge and cutting edges of the bucket, the operator can be more precise and confident during operation.
Advice to Buyers
“When it comes to choosing a skid steer, it is crucial to understand the application that the machine will be operating in,” says Brent Coffey, product manager for loaders at Wacker Neuson. “Selecting a configuration that meets the demands of their jobsite, a cab option that maximizes operator efficiency and a machine built with quality will ensure the owner maximizes the machine’s true value.”