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Yanmar CE launches its smallest ever wheel loaders

Yanmar Compact Equipment is expanding its wheel loader range new pair of mini loaders, the V7 and V7-HW

Yanmar Compact Equipment’s (Yanmar CE) two new mini wheel loaders –  the V7 and V7-HW – are the smallest wheeled loaders to be produced by the Japanese manufacturer.

With a total height less than 2.5m, a width of 1,850mm (with bucket) and an overall length of just 5,238mm, the V7 and V7-HW can fit inside a standard container.

The all-wheel drive V7 and V7-HW models both have an electronically controlled drivetrain and a top speed of 20km/h, with a 30km/h max speed available as an option. Customers can further customise their machines by choosing between a range of tyre brands and sizes.

Unlike other models in the Yanmar CE range, the new models are unique in that, rather than exterior oscillation, they feature what Yanmar CE says is a ‘clever joint’ that combines articulation with oscillation, enabling the height of the machine to be lowered.

The units are also a half-tonne lighter than the next largest machines in the Yanmar CE range (weighing 4,250kg and 4,450kg respectively), making these loaders ideal for customers landscaping on soft surfaces.

The new models have a bucket capacity of 0.7 cubic metres and 0.8 cubic metres, respectively, and the V7-HW offers a higher payload on forks (1,900kg) compared to the V7 (1,750kg). The V7 has a maximum tipping load of 3,000kg, while the V7-HW tips 3,250kg.

A hydraulic quick hitch allows the V7 and V7-HW to easily swap between a variety of attachments.

For operator comfort and safety, the new models feature an upgraded cabin with two steel framed doors (compared to the more usual one-door configuration) helping access, airflow and interior cleaning.

Large, glazed screens provide all-round view. With the 3.5-inch operator display fitted on the A-post, rather than on the steering column, this improves the view of the front attachment. For warmer climates, operators have the option of canopy variants for both machines.

A new engine hood design and absence of a vertical exhaust pipe – the exhaust is incorporated into the counterweight – improves rear visibility. This is also beneficial on the canopy variants, as operators are not exposed to nearby exhaust gases, as they would with a vertical exhaust pipe.

Large mirrors and work lights further aid safety and visibility for day or night use. Roof mounted glazing also benefits operators when dumping from a height.

The new models have been released to European and North American markets, with no announcement yet of an Australian release.

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