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Charging ahead with Toro Loader

Toro’s new battery-powered wheeled compact utility loader is built for both indoor and outdoor use

Toro has joined the growing list of manufacturers to move into battery-powered equipment by introducing a wheeled compact utility loader.

The WE 500 is available for the Australian market and is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Toro Australia’s equipment product marketing manager Brian Goodridge says the new power method will provide several advantages for operators.

“It will offer all the benefits and power of a standard compact utility loader but without any fuel costs, less vibration, less noise and no exhaust emissions,” he says.

“We expect the WE 500 to be a gamechanger for indoor contractors, these machines will help reduce overall costs and speed up completion of jobs.

“The WE 500 will allow you to utilise several power modes to conserve energy. For example, the Auto Idle feature automatically conserves energy by powering off the motor after it’s been idle for a certain amount of time.

“The machine also shifts to low idle after five seconds of non-use and shuts off when not in use for over 30 seconds. You can then instantly restart the machine by simply double-tapping the traction control lever and continue the job.”

Toro highlights the WE 500’s versatility, including the independent 4-Paw four-wheel drive system that eliminates the use of chains.

It is also strong enough for outdoor use and provides a good option when low noise and zero emissions are required.

It has a rated operating capacity of 233.6kg, a maximum operating height of 2.316m and an overall weight of just over 940kg.

An offboard 1,200W charger brings it back to full power in under eight hours.

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