Wacker Neuson enters the heavyweight wheel loader market

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Wacker Neuson has announced it is launching its largest wheel loader yet and an infinitely variable hydrostatic transmission will be offered.

Available from January 2019, the 10ton WL95 will be the company’s first vehicle in the heavy-duty class.

Customers will have the choice of two Deutz engines and on the larger 4.1-liter option, an ecospeed PRO transmission provides the operator with higher tractive forces and driving speeds, as well as maintaining high levels of comfort.

A Wacker Neuson spokesperson said, “In addition to the positive properties known for hydrostatic drives, such as easy reversing, good metering and fine controllability, inching and brake force support, ecospeedPRO makes it possible to drive through the entire speed range from 0 to 40 km/h without shifting gears.

“This offers a very high level of driving comfort for the end user, since no tractive force interruptions occur. In typical work situations in particular, such as handling work in the Y-cycle, there is a greater need for constant thrust and tractive forces at speeds from 10-20 km/h.”

Engine features
The 4.1-liter unit, equipped with an exhaust aftertreatment system that includes a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF), means the Stage V engine produces 115kW (156hp).

Alternatively, a smaller 3.6-liter Stage IV engine gives the loader a power output of 100kW (136hp) with DOC and SCR technology, while an add-on DPF helps the engine meet Stage V requirements.

The vehicle has a total length of 6.50m and a width of 2.39m. Being equipped with an articulated joint and a pendulum axle at the rear, the turning circle is 4.90m with an inner radius of 2.45m.

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