Hyundai re-enters skid steer, compact track loader segment

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has re-entered the compact loader market with the introduction of the HS120V skid steer loader and HT100V compact track loader.

The large-frame size class loaders are powered by a 148-cubic-inch Hyundai 4HTI4 four-cycle, turbocharged, electronic-controlled diesel engine. The new 70 hp Hyundai engine meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

“With the addition of the HS skid steer and HT compact track loader, Hyundai’s compact equipment lineup will serve even more customers in construction, landscaping, agriculture and material handling,” said Adam Ford, Product Manager for Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas.

“Combined with Hyundai compact excavators, these Hyundai machines provide a broad range of capabilities to contractors and other equipment users whose work requires powerful, dependable and affordable compact equipment.”

The HS and HT Series machines are engineered to meet demands for performance, durability and operator comfort, while satisfying strict environmental requirements.

The Hyundai HS120V skid steer loader has a rated operating capacity of 1,220 kg, an operating weight of 3,847 kg, a 2.4 metre dump height and a heaped bucket capacity of 0.44 cubic metres. The Hyundai HT100V compact track loader also has a rated operating capacity of 1,220 kg, and its heaped bucket capacity of 0.44 cubic metres. The CTL features an operating weight of 4,425 kg, a dump height of 2.4 metres and a 40 cm track width.

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Both loaders feature a vertical lift path of the boom that allows the bucket to be raised straight up with minimal forward extension or bucket drift. This provides good stability, optimum reach and less spillage. A vertical lift path is beneficial when using forks or other attachments that are more productive when level. At the same time, the bucket and boom geometry remain productive for digging applications. 

The Hyundai HS and HT models also feature an auto self-levelling system that keeps the bucket or forks level without the need to manually adjust the angle on the way up during lifting. This feature can be engaged with the flip of a switch. Auto-self-levelling while raising the bucket helps ensure fast cycle times and better load retention.

Hyundai compact loader features

Built on the same platform, the new Hyundai HS and HT models provide a combination of features that translates into high productivity and on-the-job performance. 

Standard features include: 

  • A multi-function joystick that enables operators to control all machine functions with their hands 
  • A vertical lift path that allows the boom to raise the bucket straight up to full height for better stability, less spillage and greater lift height
  • Two-speed travel enabling quick movement around the jobsite

Both machines are equipped with standard control and comfort features, including excellent visibility from the operator’s seat, air-conditioning, a spacious cab, a sliding door that allows the operator to work with the door opened or closed and LED working lights to illuminate the jobsite in low-light conditions. 

As well, the optional ride control reduces operator fatigue and material spillage when operating over rough surfaces.

“Operators will  enjoy Ride Control, which comes standard on HS120V skid steer,” Ford said, noting Ride Control will be available for the HT100V CTL this fall.  “Owners will also appreciate the extra load retention and productivity they get from Ride Control.” 

The Hyundai HS and HT Series models all feature a hydraulic quick coupler enabling the operator to change attachments quickly and safely from the cab, boosting uptime and productivity.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera for enhanced operator awareness of jobsite hazards; an “escort system” that keeps the LED lights illuminated for 30 seconds after machine shutdown to give the operator a safe view of the jobsite when exiting the cab; emergency escape through the front door; and an emergency boom-down feature that enables manual descent of the boom in the unlikely event of electrical system failure.

The optional high-flow hydraulic system provides extra capacity to run attachments that need an additional hydraulic boost, significantly expanding the machines’ versatility. 


To quickly access the back of the loaders, Hyundai designed the machines to include an easy-to-open wide rear door. The radiator module also swings out to provide full access to the engine compartment, hydraulic filter and other key components.

The cabin tilts up without having to lift the loader arms, which allows for easy access and maintenance while avoiding some of the common safety issues associated with tilt cabs.

Hyundai’s exclusive Hi MATE telematics system is available on both the new HS and HT models. With Hi MATE, users can remotely evaluate machine performance, access diagnostic information and verify machine location. 

Its geo-fencing capability protects equipment from theft or unauthorized use outside custom-defined boundaries.