Mecalac’s AS900tele telescopic swing loader has arrived in North America.
The new machine combines the compactness of Mecalac’s AS Swing Loader Series with telescopic technology to provide versatility on the jobsite. The 84-litre-per-minute auxiliary hydraulics further increase flexibility, allowing use with a range of attachments, including mowers, road sweepers and earth augers.
Functioning as a loader, telehandler or landscaping tool, the AS900tele reduces the need for additional equipment.
“When you rely on one machine for each task, a jobsite can end up looking more like a parking lot,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America.
“Reducing the need for additional equipment and streamlining the jobsite is at the heart of Mecalac’s design philosophy, including the AS900tele. It’s good for the contractor, the client and the environment.”
The 7,250-kg AS900tele features Mecalac’s swing design.
Operators can swivel the fully loaded bucket 90 degrees on either side. As well, with the rotated bucket, filling trenches or carrying pipes requires minimum operating space.
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On a road project, for example, this rotation limits necessary space, requiring only a single lane closure rather than the two lane closure needed for traditional loaders. For a congested urban jobsite, this flexibility allows for optimal equipment positioning in confined spaces.
With a lifting height of 4.72 metres and outreach of 3.5 metres, the AS900tele allows operators to minimize repositioning while maximizing reach. The AS900tele also has a carrying capacity of 2,270 kg at full extension, providing enough power for tasks such as loading walking floor trailers or waste handling. The machine can be paired with a range of attachments, including pallet forks, buckets, brushes, snowplows and hedge trimmers.
Furthermore, the AS900tele features three steering options — two-wheel, four-wheel and crab. This allows operators to simultaneously drive, pivot and manoeuvrer regardless of ground conditions.
Combined with the swivel arm, it results in a 20 per cent smaller turning radius compared to traditional wheel loaders.
Even with the wide range of motion, the AS900tele offers increased stability with a well-balanced design and an automatically locking rear axle, which allow operators to safely manoeuvrer in all positions and on all terrains.
“All the AS Series units were designed around a single idea — how do we improve the articulated loader to provide better efficiency and streamline the worksite,” Bigwood said.
“The AS900tele takes that innovation a step further, replacing two or even three other machines without sacrificing the productivity or safety of Mecalac’s swing loader.”