Three-in-one: Agrison EX930LX wheel loader

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The Agrison EX930LX wheel loader gives plenty of bang for its buck

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You could possibly call the average wheel loader a bit of a one trick pony, but when it comes standard with three different attachments it may just deserve a different title. That’s where the Agrison EX930LX comes in. Sure, two of those attachments are buckets – one being a standard style one cubic metre, but the other is a four-way, and the substantial Eaton hydraulics make both of them capable of lifting 2.2 tonnes. That also goes for the included pallet forks, which also benefit from the extended lift height of 4.5 metres – something you won’t get anywhere else, short of a telehandler.

The Agrison EX930LX is powered by a 102bhp (75kW) turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and drives its 16/70-24 wheels via a two-forward, two-reverse ZF hydrostatic transmission. Fuel comes from two outboard tanks with easily readable level indicators. It’s a beefy powertrain for this class and is protected from harm by bash plates and the extra ride height courtesy of those bigger wheels.

Chassis wise, it’s hard to go past the all-welded construction. There’s no off-the-shelf square tubing here. All the box sections are purpose rolled and welded from thick section plate steel.

Brakes are air-assisted hydraulic discs. While they operate in unison, the front and rear brakes have their own separate lines and master cylinder, so the whole system won’t go down if either end is compromised. The assisted drum-type handbrake, which basically can be operated with one finger easily, is attached to the drive shaft at the transmission.

The air-conditioned cabin is possibly the largest you’ll find in its class, meaning bigger operators shouldn’t have any trouble finding enough room, and it should be reasonably comfortable with its four-point rubber block mounting, weight adjustable suspension seat and adjustable armrests.

Access is also problem-free with fully articulating doors that can be locked open for operating in an open-door configuration. The integrated under-seat air-conditioning makes entry and exit possible from both sides as it doesn’t impede either doorway. Anyone living in Australia will appreciate the dash mounted air vents that direct cool air to the face, and the tinted window glass, which reduces glare and heat penetration.

Controls are straightforward, with bucket operations on the left and standard foot controls. The cabin is also where you operate the hydraulic quick hitch for the front attachments.

Above you is the AM/FM radio and, as an added safety feature, a seven-inch screen for the reversing camera. If you’re operating at night, you’ll appreciate the addition of the high-power LED work lights.

External features include a large toolbox near the engine bay and an outlet on the air compressor tank for tyre inflation, cleaning air filters, etc. There’s a tow bar and lifting points for craning the loader into pits, or otherwise awkward access sites, and the plastic guards and rubber-mounted side lights ensure they’ll bend out of the way, rather than out of shape, should they foul on anything.

With the complete lighting package, the Agrison EX930LX loader is fully road registrable, and with a road speed of 38km/h it makes it practical to travel between reasonably close by work sites. Whether you’re a farmer loading grain, a garden supplier, or working a quarry, at $27,990 the Agrison offers good value for money, extra versatility and an Australia-wide five-year warranty.

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