Chinese OEM releases wheel loader in Australia

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One of China’s largest construction OEMs, SDLG, has released its 5-ton-rated L958F wheel loader in Australia. Designed for heavy-load applications, the L958F was unveiled at the country’s largest agricultural event AgQuip, where 100,000 were in attendance.

“AgQuip was a great opportunity to launch this new wheel loader since the L958F’s robustness and heavy-load capability also make it well-suited for tasks that the farmers who attend the event typically handle, such as bulk handling of feed, grain and silage,” said Andrew Egan, CJD Equipment’s general manager for SDLG.

Replacing the older LG958L model, the new wheel loader has a bucket capacity of 3.0m³ and operates on a VRT200 transmission. It also features a Deutz-built Tier III engine providing 162kW of power at 2,000rpm.

The vehicle’s cooling system has been designed with an area-enlarged radiator as well as optimized inlet and outlet air channels for more efficient cooling – highly useful in the Australian heat.

Egan added, “SDLG wheel loaders have been gradually gaining in popularity in Australia in the last few years. With the L958F, we expect healthy demand to come from construction, quarry and agriculture companies that seek a cost-effective and reliable solution for their heavy-load needs.”

With the public having had a first glimpse of the L958F at AgQuip in New South Wales, CJD Equipment – the Australian SDLG distributor – is also taking the new wheel loader on a tour of customer sites in Queensland. The tour will offer customers a closer look at the L958F’s capabilities.

Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd’s (SDLG) headquarters are in Linyi, China, with an additional manufacturing facility in Pederneiras, Brazil. The company was founded in 1972 and employs 3,150 people.

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