New Compact Loaders enter Australia’s Compact Construction Equipment Market

The industry of construction equipment consists of a wide range of heavy machines which carry out particular tasks for several applications. Even though the classification of construction equipment is done according to the capability and size of the construction machinery, few changes had taken place on the basis of cost efficiency and design specifications. In the industry of construction equipment, based on the utility advantages, the term compact construction has emerged.

Small residential and commercial sites will benefit from the compact construction equipment. The factors like ability and flexibility to perform the tasks that earlier were done by heavy materials makes the compact construction equipment exceptional. The major benefits of compact construction equipment are its light weight, low cost and is easy to operate and transport. Yet, no industry standard has specified any requirements for the categorization of compact construction equipment. The categorization is based on the type of application it performs in a particular sector. Compact construction equipment is classified as excavators, skid steers, loaders, and telehandlers and backhoe loaders. Loaders are observed to be a key segment in the global compact construction equipment market. According an ongoing research by Future Market Insights, development of new and improved compact loaders is expected to create growth opportunities for players in the global compact construction equipment market.

Compact Loaders 403 and 406ZX launched by JCB in Australia

The JCB construction equipment company has made the loader work in small spaces easier with 2 wheel loaders that are mini articulated. In the Australian market, the 406ZX and 403 loaders have come to make place for themselves in material handling and agriculture. The 403 loader is a lighter option as it can lift up to 2542kg even though it weighs 2.5 tonnes. Even though the standard load is 2612mm over maximum reach, it can extend up to 2820mm. The loader is run by a Kubota diesel engine which delivers 26kW (36hp) and 92Nm through hydrostatic transmission along with 2 speed ranges.

Deon Cope, the product manager of JCB CEA, mentioned that, for shed work, the compact 403 was preferred. He added that, to acquire access to the tightest sites, the machine is less than 2.2m tall with the cab fitted and with the narrow tyres is 1.1m wide. It also has hydraulic attachment pin operation, a fair bit of standard kit, transmission control, joystick hydraulics and including parallel lift. He further added that the JCB 403 completely uses new FOPS/ROPS cab which provides total protection from potential risks, the elements and dirty working environments. Without initiating needless wear to the transmission and braking system, the worker pulls on the loader’s hydraulic power to lift materials as well as break out with an inching control that is functioned by the brake pedal.

Compact Construction Equipment for Small-scale Sites

JCB 406ZX has a load over 2991mm height that lets the workers to load in the trucks yet being adequately compact to fit under small bridges and tight sheds. Deon says that, the engine and machine designs refer to compact dimensions and are great for small whirls. Even for the inexperienced, the operation becomes easy because of the hydrostatic drive in the model. As a result of which, the risk of overriding the machine reduces at the cost to fuel economy. In Australia, 403 and 406ZX arrived last week with 403 selling at $58,600 (+GST).

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Nikhil Kaitwade

With over 8 years of experience in market research and consulting industry, Nikhil has worked on more than 250 research assignments pertaining to chemicals, materials and energy sector. He has worked directly with about 35 reputed companies as lead consultant for plant expansion, product positioning, capacity factor analysis, new market/segment exploration, export market opportunity evaluation and sourcing strategies.