Wacker Neuson’s new compact track loaders were officially introduced to the U.S. market in early 2014. Engineers worked closely with U.S. operators to design new loaders to meet the demands of the North American contractor. Wacker Neuson has more than 10 years of experience in designing and manufacturing loaders for Europe. With North America being the largest market for skid steers and compact track loaders, it was only natural for the company to introduce a line that is specifically designed and manufactured for this market.
The ST Series of compact track loaders deliver high operating capacity and maneuverability across rough terrain, says Wacker Neuson. The ST35 radial-lift compact track loader deliver 3,500 lbs of rated operating capacity at 50 percent of tip load (2,450 at 35 percent ROC) and a lift height up to 10 ft, 5 in. The ST45 vertical-lift compact track loaders delivers 4,500 lbs of rated operating capacity at 50 percent (3,150 at 35 percent ROC) 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 meeting the latest mandated emissions regulations, plus offers a maintenance-free after-treatment that does not impact engine performance. The machines are available in either H-Pattern or ISO joystick hydraulic pilot controls. The ergonomically designed controls and pressurized cab deliver comfort and visibility, reducing operator fatigue and increasing safety.
Wacker Neuson says its new compact track loaders are built for performance and durability. Because they have been designed from the ground up, Wacker Neuson engineers were able to select quality components that are easily attainable in the marketplace. The 17.7-in. wide, high-flotation tracks enable these loaders to work in adverse terrain conditions where rubber tire machines can’t. Heavy-duty, double-steel, reinforced Bridgestone rubber tracks provide durability that result in less downtime. Easy access to the undercarriage shortens end-of-day cleanout and reduces wear due to dirt buildup.
Standard features include two-speed transmission, adjustable suspension seat, backup alarm, rear and top window, auxiliary hydraulics with faster quick-coupler pressure relief and mechanical attachment 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, ride control, AM/FM radio, one-way hydraulic self-leveling, adjustable auxiliary high flow, additional counter weights, rotating beacon and 14-pin electric attachment control.
Wacker Neuson’s new compact track loaders offer 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. 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 and cutting edges of the bucket, the operator can be more precise and confident during operation.
Advice to Buyers
“Compact track loaders offer contractors accessibility to jobs with soft terrain, therefore buyers should really look at the quality of the components to make sure they are tough enough to withstand rugged applications,” says Brent Coffey, Wacker Neuson product manager for loaders. “Obviously, downtime is a concern for any contractor. With new Tier 4 engines, it is very important for contractors to look for machines that promote minimal maintenance, such as a no-maintenance after-treatment.”