Small Articulated Wheel Loaders: Here’s Three Awesome Brands in the Ultra-Small, Sit-Down Loader Category

Bobcat L23 and L28

Bobcat L28

The new Bobcat L23 and L28 small articulated loaders provide customers in landscaping, tree services, light construction and grounds maintenance a new solution to minimize workload and complete projects quickly and efficiently. These loaders deliver an impressive combination of heavy lifting capability in an agile, turf-friendly package, thanks to its nimble design and smooth articulation, along with its heavy-duty performance and productivity-boosting comfort. The dependable 25-hp, 2,600-rpm engine provides generous torque at a lower rpm, providing performance that is more forgiving when pushing the machine to its limit under load. Plus, the lift arm extends to a lift height of up to 104 in. on the L28 model. The telescoping lift arm includes an innovative dual-cylinder design that keeps the load level as operators move the bucket. For more info, visit

Avant 860

Avant Tecno 860

The flagship of the range, the Avant 860 is the largest and most powerful loader series from Avant Tecno USA. It pushes the limits of a compact loader’s performance with a 4,256-lb lift capacity and 11.5-ft lift height. Still, its articulated design and dimensions — width 5 ft, length 11 ft, height 8 ft and a weight starting from 5,500 lbs — make the 800 Series a very versatile and powerful compact loader. The 800 Series comes with the Avant quick-attach system, giving users the flexibility to choose among the over 200 attachments available from Avant’s comprehensive attachment range. The hydraulic hoses on the attachments are coupled with a multi-connector, allowing installation with a single hand movement. For more info, visit

Vermeer ATX530

Vermeer ATX530

The Vermeer ATX530 compact articulated loader is made for tough work in tight spaces. It’s designed around the high torque of its Kubota D1305 engine, which at low revolutions gives the hydraulic controls and circuits a smooth and reactive output. With an impressive telescopic boom that extends 21.6 in. for loading materials to a dump height of 108.3 in. (that’s hinge pin height), the ATX530 can dump material over the backside of a retaining wall or grab material over an obstruction. It has a rated operating capacity (straight) of 933 lbs while having a standard weight of 2,711 lbs with rear weights and without attachments. This lift-capacity-to-weight ratio allows contractors to utilize a lighter machine while still being able to carry heavy materials on the jobsite. For more info, visit

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