Four Purpose-Built Wheel Loaders to Overcome Challenging Conditions
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 39-hp engine and has an operating weight of 8,521 lbs and a standard bucket capacity of 0.65 cu yds. The V4-7 is available with a direct pin-on bucket or a skid steer-style coupler (mechanical or hydraulic). For stability and improved productivity, the V4-7 offers a long wheelbase of 74 in. and an auto-leveler.
The operating weight of the Yanmar V8 is 10,803 lbs with a 62-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 (35 percent self-locking differential) 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) or hydraulic ISO-style coupler.
Weighing 12,787 lbs with a 72-hp engine, the Yanmar V10 has a standard bucket capacity of 1.31 cu yds and features parallel kinematics. The V10 boasts a strong breakout force of 12,375 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 skid steer-style coupler (mechanical or hydraulic) or hydraulic ISO-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. The oscillating rear axle, as with all Yanmar wheel loaders, provides smooth and comfortable off-road operation. The V12 is available with a hydraulic ISO-style coupler. Also available as an option for the V8, V10 and V12 is a central lubrication system that reduces operator maintenance requirements and extends bearing life by providing constant lubrication while the machine is running, virtually eliminating any potential contamination. Yanmar America now carries four compact wheel loader models, nine excavator models and two tracked carrier models. Each model is purpose-built to overcome challenging conditions.
Advice to Buyers
“Compact wheel loaders come in many sizes, so make sure the lifting capacity, bucket capacity, dump height and auxiliary flow match your application,” says Jeff Pate, sales director for Yanmar Compact Equipment North America. “Also consider the travel speed to get the most productivity on and between jobsites. You’ll also want to look at reliability, and you can’t go wrong with the Yanmar standard three-year/3,000-hour warranty.”Tags: July August 2021 print issue, Spec Guide, Spec Guide 2021, Yanmar