Wacker Neuson Announces Its Smallest Compact Track Loader Yet (the ST27)

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG a few weeks ago, Wacker Neuson introduced a new compact track loader, the ST27. This new model is the smallest in the company’s line up of CTLs, but the ST27 is an excellent pound-for-pound fighter in the compact medium frame size class. Weighing in at only 7,350 pounds, this machine is easily towable and with a rated operating capacity (ROC) of 1,890 pounds (at 35% of tip), it can do more than many of its heavier competitors.

Combine the ideal operating weight with a 74-horsepower Kohler KDI 2504 turbocharged engine, and the ST27 offers the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. It’s not just the power and weight that make the ST27 stand out. The compact design, measuring 60-inches wide and under 80-inches in height, makes it the perfect fit for working in tight spaces with low overhead clearance.

The design also maximizes the ROC of 1,890 pounds, while offering best-in-class reach at dump height of 36.5 inches. This extra reach at max height means it is easier to dump material into the center of a dump box and keeps the loader farther away from the vehicle or trailer being loaded. The vertical lift, ST27 offers a hinge pin height of 120 inches and dump height of 94.3 inches.

Wacker Neuson’s ST27 features a 2-speed standard travel drive that offers an impressive 9.1 miles per hour resulting in faster cycle times. Enhancing the driving experience is a standard auto-shifting two-speed drive system which can be active or disabled based on the application. It automatically senses the operators need to shift. The auto feature engages in and out of the two speeds based on joystick input and eliminates the need for the operator to make manual shifts.

Operator comfort and visibility are at the forefront of all of Wacker Neuson’s product designs. The ST27 takes visibility to a new level for compact track loaders. The vertical loader arm linkage is designed to maximize visibility to the rear. The shape of the rear linkage aligns with the cab posts in the operators line of site in order to minimize visual obstructions, creating a better view to the rear. Additionally, the dedicated track frame design allows for a lower profile loader arm orientation, vastly improving side visibility.

The spacious cab offers all day comfort that includes a 5.7-inch color display and controls to meet the operator’s preferences. The selectable EH joystick controls allow the operator to toggle between ISO and H-Pattern via a switch in the cab, and the large display makes it easy to adjust the joystick sensitivity and machine response settings for a fully customizable operating experience. From switch location and layout, to an angled foot rest in the floor board, and the ergonomically located handles, joysticks and armrests, the cab is specifically designed to reduce operator fatigue. Even entering and exiting the machine is easier with a wide door and step and well placed grab handles.

The ST27 comes with Wacker Neuson’s industry-leading service accessibility. The cab fully tips forward with the loader arms down, providing complete access to all maintenance components. The machine is engineered to be user-friendly with a simple, open design and efficient layout that requires less time on daily service checks and more time on the job. The ST27, and all of Wacker Neuson’s skid steer, compact track and utility track loaders were designed for the North American market and are manufactured at Wacker Neuson’s Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, facility.

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