SDLG expands product range with 1.0-cubic-yard-capacity compact wheel loader at CONEXPO 2017
SDLG debuted a new compact wheel loader – the SDLG L918F – at CONEXPO 2017.
The move to expand the company’s product range comes on the heels of its successful launch into North America. SDLG has seen significant growth in terms of its dealer network and customer base over the past few years, as well as the introduction of its Tier 4 Final machines in 2016.
The L918F will be SDLG’s fifth wheel loader offering in North America and it will feature a 1.0-cubic-yard bucket capacity mounted to a skid-steer style coupler, placing it in the compact loader category but with the versatility of skid-steer style attachments. In addition, the unit will have an optional 1.3-cubic-yard bucket with wheel loader ISO coupler. The machine will compete with large skid-steer loaders, providing the same bucket capacity but with increased maneuverability and operator comfort. Additionally, the compact loader’s steering mechanism will cause less damage to jobsite grounds when compared with a skid-steer loader.
Al Quinn, director of SDLG North America, said customer demand is the driving force behind introducing the new machine, with several companies asking SDLG dealers for a compact, value loader alternative for many current skid-steer loader applications. He explained that the new model was part of the brand’s long-term strategy.
“This new launch demonstrates the maturation of SDLG in the North American market,” Quinn said. “It’s a milestone. We have tested the concept of offering robust, reliable, value machines into the region and we’re now confident that the strategy works. SDLG will continue to expand and offer more products over the coming years that are similarly positioned in the marketplace.”
Compact and versatile
The L918F excels in a variety of applications, including landscaping, work in stone and mulch yards, snow removal, and waste and recycling. Like other SDLG loaders, it’s ideal for applications that are seasonal or don’t require lots of operating hours. The machine is also perfect for owners that can find value in a reliable, low-cost loader backed by a 12-month, 2,000-hour warranty, with extended warranties available. SDLG loaders serve as a viable alternative to used premium machines, and can often provide a lower total cost of ownership.
The L918F features:
A Deutz Tier 4 Final engine (DOC Only, no DPF filter or DEF Fluid)
Externally cooled disc brakes
2-speed countershaft transmission with top speed of 15 mph
A 1.0-cubic-yard SSL bucket capacity with in-cab coupler pin control. Optional 1.3-cubic-yard ISO/GP bucket capacity will also be offered
An operating weight of 14,990 pounds
A rated load limit of 4,000 pounds
A maximum breakout force of 8,540 lbf
A compact body that is only 9 feet 7 inches tall and 6 feet 8 inches wide