Wacker Neuson introduces new SM100 track loader at The ARA Show

Side profile of Wacker Neuson's SM100 utility track loader, taken at The ARA Show.

Wacker Neuson introduces its first utility track loader, the stand-on SM100. The machine made its debut at The ARA Show in Las Vegas.

It features standard 9-inch wide tracks, which provide low ground pressure, helping to reduce turf disturbance. The machine was designed with a width of 35.5 inches, allowing it to fit through most doorways, gates and other tight spaces.

Also, the SM100 is designed with a variety of features that prioritize operator comfort, while offering a durable, low maintenance design, which Wacker Neuson claims will reduce costs.

This utility track loader is the first machine in this category from Wacker Neuson. “The Wacker Neuson team designed and engineered the SM100 from the ground up and it is produced at our Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin facility,” said Adam Devins, product manager for loaders. “This new line was a natural extension to our compact construction equipment portfolio, and we are excited about showing the power and versatility of the SM100 to the market. Through our voice-of-customer research, we have designed a low-maintenance, high productivity machine that will provide long-term reliability.”

The SM100 is powered by a 24.7 hp Yanmar turbo-charged diesel engine. It offers a 1,000 pound rated operating capacity at 35 percent with a tipping load of 2,857 pounds.

An operator lifts a log using Wacker Neuson's new SM100 utility track loader.

Additionally, the optimized radial lift path provides vertical lift performance with a hinge pin height of 85.7 inches. This allows for dumping into high-sided trucks and provides the necessary reach for loading into truck beds.

Also, the undercarriage features triple flanged rollers, which, according to Wacker Neuson, reduces wear and de-tracking, leading to less maintenance and lowering total cost of ownership.

Furthermore, the SM100’s large, spring-suspended operator platform features comfortable padding and stability. Wacker Neuson integrated an operator presence system in the form of a foot pedal, with the intention of preventing accidental movement of the lift arm and travel functions.

Also, the company positioned the SM100’s joysticks with a forward angle, in an attempt to keep the operator’s hands in a neutral position and reduce fatigue.

To divert hot air away from the operator’s legs, Wacker Neuson added front- mounted coolers.

Overall, the most important feature of this machine is its narrow width. It allows operators to access urban areas and smaller yards while the light weight (3,300 pounds) makes it easy to transport.

Also, it includes the common industry attachment interface, which allows for an expansion of possible applications.