Wacker Neuson entered the compact utility loader market with the SM100, which has a rated operating capacity of 1,000 pounds.
“We think this machine is a good fit for our channel,” says Joe Miller, vice president of sales and marketing, Wacker Neuson. He also notes that this category of machines has experienced significant growth in recent years.
Featuring 9 inch wide rails for applications requiring low ground pressure, the 35.5 inch wide SM100 easily passes through doors and gates. Powered by a 24.7-horsepower Yanmar diesel, the 3,000-pound curb weight unit has a radial lift path and 85.7-inch hinge pin height for unloading into heavy-duty trucks. high walls.
The retractable spring-loaded operator platform uses an operator presence system to prevent accidental movement of the lift arm and travel functions. If an operator descends from the platform, these functions can no longer be used. “Some of the early designs in the industry required an operator to hang on, which is painful on your hands,” Miller said. “Now you are just standing on the machine.”
Equipment world“We spend a lot of time on the controls,” Miller says. Forward tilting levers position the operator’s hand in a neutral position. The left palm rest wraps around the left joystick and the right palm rest provides a right segment for gripping, providing additional stability when moving over rough terrain. “You can put your hands here and get full mobility with the machine,” says Miller. “Especially when renting, you deal with a lot of novice operators, so you want the controls to be ergonomic and easy to use.”
A sloped hood gives visibility to the attachments and the front work area. An industry-common attachment interface allows the use of compatible attachments. Front mounted coolers keep hot or dirty air out of the operator’s legs. In addition, the triple flanged rollers on the undercarriage reduce wear and uprooting. “The elevated drive motor is out of the dirt, which contributes to the reliability and long life of the undercarriage,” says Miller.
Wacker Neuson has made several entries into the compact equipment business, including skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, and compact excavators, and started considering adding a compact utility loader four years ago, he says. (Wacker calls the machine a “utility track loader”.
The SM100 is produced at the company’s plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.