Posted by Brooke Just
Wacker Neuson is introducing its first utility track loader. The versatile, stand-on SM100 is designed for landscaping projects, light site work, grading, auguring, general material handling and more. The standard 9-inch-wide tracks provide low ground pressure, reducing turf disturbance and repair work and the overall machine width of 35.5 inches fits through doorways, gates and other tight spaces. The SM100 is designed with a variety of operator comfort features and offers a durable, low maintenance design to reduce maintenance costs and total cost of ownership.
The SM100 utility track loader is the first machine in this new product category from the construction equipment manufacturer.
“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.”
Wacker Neuson’s 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. The optimized radial lift path provides vertical lift performance with a hinge pin height of 85.7 inches for dumping into high-sided trucks and has the reach for loading into truck beds. The durable undercarriage with triple flanged rollers reduces wear and de-tracking, maintenance and total cost of ownership.
The step-up and go concept makes operating the SM100 easy and comfortable. The large, spring-suspended operator platform with ergonomic padding offers comfort and stability for the driver. An operator presence system prevents accidental movement of the lift arm and travel functions when the operator steps off the platform. The overall design with sloped hood offers enhanced visibility. The fine-tuned, forward angled joysticks position the operator’s hands in a neutral position, reducing fatigue. Front-mounted coolers mean no hot or dirty air is blown across the operator’s legs.
Versatility is the real driver of this machine. The overall narrow width allows the machine to access urban areas and smaller yards while the light weight (3,300 pounds) makes it easy to transport. The common industry attachment interface expands the use of compatible attachments, expanding the applications.