Here Are Summaries and Specs for 15 Different Compact Wheel Loaders Product Lines (Courtesy of the 2022 Spec Guide)

Kubota R640 Wheel Loader

Compact wheel loaders continue to grow in popularity with American equipment pros, and why not? These impressive loader tool carriers beat almost every other compact machine in visibility, speed, tire longevity and fuel efficiency, but yeah, also cost (they are not cheap). Compact wheel loaders can go from $30,000 skid-steer-sized models to $100,000 little big loaders. Units can be found operating in everything from dedicated snow removal to do-it-all nursery work.

Let’s recap the sales pitch for compact wheel loaders. For starters, operators sit up higher, giving better visibility to the attachment and job at hand. That means more safety. It’s also much safer to enter and exit the machine than a skid steer or track loader (unless maybe it’s a JCB one-armed skid steer), where you must climb over an often dirty and gnarly-looking hydraulic attachment to sit in a moderately comfortable operator’s compartment. Also, compact wheel loaders articulate or use all-wheel drive which is: A) easier on tires; B) easier on turf and other surfaces; and C) better on fuel efficiency. And while compact wheel loaders are typically 20 to 25 percent higher in initial cost than a similarly sized skid steer, and definitely lacking in similar hydraulic attachment power, they save up to 30 percent on fuel, and the tires can last up to five times longer.

Other advantages include faster ground speeds, serious ground clearance, longer wheelbases for better ride quality, greater lift capacities and higher lifting ability. On the other hand, size can be a little intimidating. There seems to be no across-the-board definition of a compact wheel loader. Some are categorized by horsepower (typically anything under 80 to 100 hp) and bucket size, which is measured in cubic yards (1 to 3 cu yds). Boasting big ranges of operating weights between 7,000 to 20,000 lbs and lifting capacities from 3,000 to 14,000 lbs, compact wheel loaders can cover a wide range. Luckily, a slew of big brands are releasing lots of cool products in the United States — Caterpillar, Kubota, Hitachi, Takeuchi, Wacker Neuson, John Deere, Gehl and Case for starters — and you can read about all those product lines in this section.

Bobcat Compact Wheel Loaders
Case Compact Wheel Loaders
Caterpillar Compact Wheel Loaders
Gehl Compact Wheel Loaders

Giant by Tobroco Compact Wheel Loaders
Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. Compact Wheel Loaders
JCB Compact Wheel Loaders
John Deere Compact Wheel Loaders
Kubota Compact Wheel Loaders

Manitou Compact Wheel Loaders
New Holland Compact Wheel Loaders
Takeuchi Compact Wheel Loaders

Volvo Construction Equipment
Wacker Neuson Compact Wheel Loaders
Yanmar Compact Wheel Loaders

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