Mecalac’s three new swing loaders made for moving materials up and around in tight spaces
By Jenny LescohierSeptember 28, 2022
Mecalac introduces three new swing loader models designed for maximum maneuverability and stability, making them ideal for moving materials in tight spaces.
The all-new AS750, AS850 and AS1000 models join the previously released swing loaders, the AS600, AS900tele, AS1600 and AS210. All models feature a rigid chassis and three steering modes – two-wheel, four-wheel and four-wheel crab – that allow for tighter turns than a standard articulated loader. Combined with Mecalac’s swivel boom, the machines can perform a complete rotation in a footprint that is 20% smaller than a conventional loader, the company says.
At the same time, the swing loader is designed to maintain 100% stability regardless of how it is positioned. With a proprietary integrated counterbalance paired with a patented automatic rear axle locking system, the bucket and its contents can be lifted and turned up to 90 degrees on either side without any loss of stability. Finally, the pivoting boom makes it possible to position the machine once to complete a loading task, significantly reducing the footprint and saving time.
“Mecalac’s swing loaders offer new capabilities to the North American market,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager of Mecalac North America. “Mecalac has designed a product that addresses the shortcomings of traditional loaders and provides a tool that can operate in a confined space, is economical in its movements, improving productivity, and is completely stable in all positions. The new models offer all these advantages in the 11,000- to 15,000-pound range.”
At just over 11,000 pounds, with a bucket capacity of 0.98 yd3, the AS750 is the second smallest swing loader model. Compared with the AS600, the new model is wider with a longer wheelbase (6’1”) for even greater stability while the higher engine power (61 hp) provides heightened lifting and loading capacity.
The parallel, or P-bucket, offers precision during material handling operations, especially with the pallet forks or load hook. Finally, the AS750 is designed with a spacious cab and two doors to give the operator optimal visibility for a safer job site.
The mid-size AS850, with an operating weight of 13,184 pounds and a bucket capacity of 1.1 yd3, is designed to offer even more productivity. This model encapsulates all the benefits of the AS series swing loaders with optional increased travel speed up to 25 mph.
A step up in power from the AS850, the AS1000 is also a mid-size model at 14,639 pounds and a bucket capacity of approximately 1.3 yd3. It offers speed and efficiency with its four-cylinder, 75-hp high-torque engine. An optional high-flow hydraulic line offers up to 120 l/minute, which is suitable for driving hydraulic attachments.