The Company’s V Lineup Consists of Four Models
Since its inception in 1912, Yanmar’s core business has been the production of engines. Following the introduction of the walk-behind dozer in 1967, Yanmar understood the need for even more versatile compact construction machinery and introduced the first mini excavator in 1968. Continued expansion of the product offering led to the introduction of wheel loaders.
Yanmar has been manufacturing wheel loaders since 1975 and introduced the V-Series to the North American market in 1997. Meanwhile, the current Yanmar Construction Germany, purchased by Yanmar in 2016, has been manufacturing wheel loaders since 1971 and manufactures the three larger models.
The Yanmar compact wheel loader lineup is comprised of four models — the V4-7, V8, V10 and V12. All four Yanmar wheel loader models come standard with a three-year/3,000-hour warranty. The Yanmar V4-7 is powered by a 40.9-hp engine and has an operating weight of 8,322 lbs and a standard bucket capacity of 0.65 cu yds. The V4-7 is available with a direct pin-on bucket or hydraulic ISO-style or skid steer-style coupler. For stability and improved productivity, the V4-7 offers a long wheel base of 74 in. and an auto-leveler.
The operating weight of the Yanmar V8 is 10,803 lbs with a 61-hp engine. The standard bucket capacity is 1.05 cu yds, and the unit features parallel kinematics, so the operator can quickly and precisely lift loads. The V8 has permanent all-wheel drive and an automatic limited slip differential (45 percent locking effect) and offers precise fingertip control of the oil flow rate to the attachment for ease of operator use. The V8 is available with a skid steer-style (mechanical or hydraulic), hydraulic ISO-style or a hydraulic Schaeff-style coupler.
Weighing 12,787 lbs with a 74.3-hp engine, the Yanmar V10 has a standard bucket capacity of 1.31 yds and features parallel kinematics. The V10 has an industry size-class leading lift capacity at ground level of 13,713 lbs coupled with a strong breakout force of 12,365 lbs, says Yanmar. The unit is equipped with high speed as standard for North America, giving 22.4 mph to quickly travel between work areas. The V10 is available with a hydraulic ISO-style or a hydraulic Schaeff-style coupler.
The Yanmar V12 has an operating weight of 15,432 lbs, a 100-hp diesel engine and a 1.57-cu-yd bucket. The V12 features parallel kinematics and exhibits a bucket digging force of 13,264 lbs and lift capacity at ground level of 15,962 lbs. The oscillating rear axle, as with all Yanmar wheel loaders, provides smooth and comfortable off-road operation. The V12 is also available with a hydraulic ISO-style or a hydraulic Schaeff-style coupler.
Yanmar America now carries four wheel loader models, eight excavator models, four skid steer models, two track loader models and one tracked carrier model. Each model is purpose-built to overcome challenging conditions.
Advice to Buyers
“When purchasing a compact wheel loader, matching your application to the right machine is important. Fortunately, wheel loaders have a very broad spectrum of work that can be performed,” says Jeff Pate, national sales manager for Yanmar America’s construction division. “Always check that the auxiliary flow is sufficient to your applications. Operating weight, lifting capacity and articulated steering will also play an important role in the performance of your purchase.”