Wacker Neuson expands utility track loader line with two new models
By Jenny LescohierMarch 15, 2023
Wacker Neuson launched two new utility track loaders - the SM 60 and SM120 - at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas this week. The new machines join the SM100, the company’s first introduction to the category in late 2021.
These utility track loaders (also called mini skid steers, compact utility loaders or stand-up skid steers) are designed for landscaping projects, light site work, grading, auguring, general material handling and more. The step-up and go concept makes operating the SM series of machines easy to use and extremely productive.
“We’ve added to our range of stand-up skid steers, which was one of our most exciting launches,” said Gert Reichetseder, president and CEO of Wacker Neuson America Corporation, referring to the introduction of the SM100 a year and a half ago. “We have built to date more than 1,000 [SM100] units in not even one year, and we are ramping up because the demand has been very positive.”
The smallest in the series is the new SM60 designed for rental and homeowner applications. Powered by a 26.5-horsepower Kohler Command Pro EFI gasoline engine, the SM60 has 7.1-inch wide tracks and an overall machine width of 35.5 inches.
It has a rated operating capacity at 35% of 600 lbs., travel speed up to 3.9 miles per hour and hinge pin height of 75.6 inches to reach into truck beds and dumpsters. Weighing in at 2,760 lbs., this machine is easy to tow.
The largest in the series is the SM120, designed for the professional who needs to lift, move and place more during their landscape, tree service and site work. Powered by a 24.7-horsepower Yanmar diesel engine, the SM120 has a rated operating capacity at 35% of 1,226 lbs. and a travel speed up to 5.2 miles per hour, providing fast cycle times.
The 41-inch wide machine is equipped with class-leading, 11-inch wide tracks providing ultra-low ground pressure to reduce turf and soft ground disturbance, while also enhancing traction and stability for hill operation.
The SM120 also features an optimized radial path design that provides vertical path performance with best-in-class hinge pin height of 85.6 inches, which allows for dumping into high-sided trailers, truck beds and dumpers.
The SM120 features QuipGrip proportional auxiliary hydraulic controls mounted on the grip, allowing the operator to operate all three controls simultaneously to reduce cycle times.
The SM120 is the first machine in this class to feature ride control. Ride control provides hydraulic cushioning to the lift arms to reduce material spillage and provide a
smoother ride. Operators can easily engage and disengage ride control via a grip-mounted button.
Completing the productivity package is the 14-pin attachment control that offers enhanced controllability for complex hydraulic attachments, such as snow blowers.
Common features to all of Wacker Neuson’s SM family of utility track loaders include the large, spring-suspended operator platform with ergonomic padding that 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.
Additionally, the overall design with sloped hood offers superior visibility and the fine-tuned, forward angled joysticks position the operator’s hands in a neutral position, reducing fatigue. Front-mounted coolers eliminates hot or dirty air from blowing across the operator’s legs, improving overall comfort.
Wacker Neuson introduced its first utility track loader, the SM100, in late 2021. The machine has a 1,000-lb rated operating capacity at 35% with a tipping load of 2,857 lbs. It has standard 9-in. wide tracks, an overall machine width of 35.5 in.
Construction professionals are invited to explore “All it takes for the challenges you face,” in the Wacker Neuson exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 14-18 in Las Vegas.
During the show, Wacker Neuson is featuring many new products, including its 1.7-ton battery-powered excavator, the EZ17e.