Wheel loaders are an economical choice for snow removal. Wheel loaders can offer up to 30-percent fuel savings and up to 75-percent reduction in tire wear versus skid steers. There are other benefits besides economics that make wheel loaders an alternative to skid steers for snow removal including operator comfort and performance.
Operator comfort can easily equate to productivity. Wheel loaders have heated cabs, offer plenty of legroom, adjustable seats, ergonomic controls and excellent visibility which all contribute to a comfortable working environment allowing the operator to work for longer periods of time, increasing productivity. Operator safety is another top concern as snow removal can occur in sloppy weather conditions. Features such as the machine’s side door allow an operator to enter and exit the unit easily and safely compared to skid steers which often requires an operator to climb over the front bucket which may be slippery in the snow. In addition to improved traction in snowy and icy conditions, Wacker Neuson wheel loaders have an on-demand differential lock that prevents tire slipping.
Another big differentiator for wheel loaders from skid steers in snowy conditions is the excellent visibility they provide. Excellent 360-degree view plus working lights make them ideal in low light situations. Snow removal often takes place before sunrise and during the night, so adequate lighting is essential especially in parking lots and while backing up where there is threat of hitting parked cars which can cause damage and add cost to the contractor’s bottom line. Wheel loader working lights provide excellent lighting reducing the chances of expensive accidents. Working lights also make it easier for drivers to see snow removal operators increasing operator safety.
Some wheel loader manufacturers, including Wacker Neuson, feature a skid steer quick-attach plate that allows contractors and landscapers to use any of their skid steer attachments on wheel loaders. Wacker Neuson and other wheel loader manufacturers offer a full line of snow removal attachments including plows, blowers, booms, plus additional options including a salt spreader, a special kit to reduce the width of the machine for sidewalk applications, as well as studded tires and chains.
In addition to attachments, a snow removal option package from Wacker Neuson consisting of speed control and throttle control can turn your material mover into the ultimate snow removal machine. The combination of slow speed and throttle control allows attachments such as snow blowers, brooms and other attachments that require full RPM but slow speed travel to be maximized, allowing optimal machine performance.
Wacker Neuson wheel loaders have four-wheel drive articulated steering that offers outstanding maneuverability, especially in confined areas such as sidewalks, malls, walkways, commercial parking lots and for general municipal applications.
Wheel loaders offer:
- Low cost of operation – up to 30% fuel savings and up to 75% tire savings as compared to skid steers.
- Excellent traction with on-demand differential lock.
- Operator comfort with heated cab, adjustable seat and ergonomic controls for longer operation.
- Excellent 360-degree visibility which is especially important with removing snow in populated areas and parking lots.
- Lighting – lots of powerful driving and working lights provide safer nighttime and low light applications.
- Outstanding maneuverability = articulated steering is perfect for confined areas.
- Side door for safe and easy entering and exiting of the unit which offers additional comfort and safety to the operator
- Designed for extreme conditions with heavy duty, durable components for years of reliable use.
- Options include 48-inch kit for added versatility on sidewalks and other narrow applications.
- Option of high flow/high speed for enhanced attachment performance.
- Wacker Neuson blower attachments offer excellent performance due to high flow of 17 gpm on the WL 30 and 33 gpm on the WL 37.
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