Answering the market demand for large wheel loaders, Mustang developed the 608 and 708 Articulated Loaders with customer requests and feedback at the forefront of the design process. The Mustang 608 and 708 Articulated Loaders lie within the 60-80 horsepower size class, with larger engines and higher horsepower than the competition. Both models have Tier 4–certified engine emissions technology, with a Yanmar 64.4-hp (48-kW) engine on the 608 and a Deutz 74.3-hp (55-kW) engine powering the 708. The Yanmar engine uses a diesel particulate filter aftertreatment system, while the Deutz uses a diesel oxidation catalyst aftertreatment system.
The 608 and 708 Articulated Loaders include standard convenience features such as a digital instrumentation display, Power-A-Tach Attachment Mounting System and a multi-function joystick. Digging and scraping performance is maximized through the highest breakout forces in their respective classes and front and rear locking differentials.
A heavy-duty, oscillating articulation joint offers 45-degree turning angles to the left and right and 10 degrees of oscillation in both directions for optimal traction and maneuverability. The bucket and tires follow a constant turning radius, so the rear tires of the loader follow the path of the front tires. Narrow machine widths allow access to tight, confined spaces that most skid-steer loaders with comparable operating capacities cannot access. The “Z” bar-type linkage allows for mechanical self-levelling action in both the up and down directions, excellent bucket dump angles at the mid- and top-ranges of the lift path, mechanical return to dig, as well as outstanding forward reach.
Proportional auxiliary hydraulics are standard equipment and are utilized with a roller switch on the joystick. Detent and pressure relief are included to optimize attachment hookup and performance. Two easily accessible auxiliary hydraulic lines with flat-face couplers power a variety of tools and make attachment changes easy. Additionally, the 608 and 708 are available with an industry-leading three auxiliary circuit options to the front and rear, including high-flow.
An open canopy ROPS is standard and a complete cab enclosure option is available, providing enhanced comfort and safety for day-long operation. Excellent 360-degree visibility is achieved by positioning the operator above the load for safe operation and excellent view of the attachment. A multi-function joystick controls the lift arm, bucket, float, travel direction, differential lock, speed selection and auxiliary hydraulic functions. An inching pedal allows operators to vary ground speed while maintaining a fixed engine speed to optimally run attachments while enabling precise machine speed control.
Optional features include, but are not limited to: a Bluetooth “hands free” capable radio, air suspension seat, LED work lights, rotating beacon, high-flow auxiliary hydraulics, rear hydraulic hookup, rear mount and clevis, Hydraglide Ride Control and 3-speed transmission with speeds up 19 mph (30 kph).
The Mustang 608 and 708 Articulated Loaders are positioned in the North American market to meet the needs of agriculture, construction, municipalities, landscaping, recycling, and rental. “We are seeing more wheel loaders sold into rental applications due to the low cost of ownership and intuitive controls,” says Nathan Ryan, Product Manager for Mustang Articulated Loaders. “Mustang tailored their design to meet the needs of this market through the economical canopy option, centered automotive style controls, multifunction joystick, and real-time fuel consumption monitoring."