SDLG launching new wheel loader in North America

SDLG is launching the new LG948L wheel loader with 3.0 cubic-yard bucket in the North American market.

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Companies in North America are demanding more and more equipment manufactured in China. The reason: value pricing and heightened manufacturing quality. This trend, as reported in outlets such as the Financial Times, is gaining steam in the oil and energy sectors, and it’s expected to reverberate throughout the construction equipment industry.

To meet this growing market demand, SDLG is launching a new model wheel loader in North America – the SDLG LG948L. This new loader lies in the most coveted capacity class for the region, with a 3.0 yd3 bucket capacity. Some 62% of new wheel loaders purchased in North America are in the 2.5 yd³ to 3.5 yd³ range, where the new LG948L falls squarely in the middle.

Alan Quinn, Director of SDLG North America, says the company spoke directly to customers across the country to assess their application needs, and in doing so, found that a wheel loader with a 3.0 yd3 capacity would hit the “sweet spot.”

“We spoke to customers at events like the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Georgia, World Ag Expo in California and Dakotafest in South Dakota, and found that most of them were impressed with SDLG’s wheel loaders,” he says. “Some customers, though, expressed that they would like an option with more capacity than the 2.4 yd3 model LG938L, but not quite as much as the 4.0 yd3 model LG959. Releasing the 3.0 yd3 model LG948L enables us to fill that gap and offer a lineup of wheel loaders that can fit more customers’ needs.”

As with other SDLG models, the LG948L is aimed at wheel loader customers that don’t need the features of premium-priced machines, or those that might have purchased a used loader, but find a great value proposition in a new loader with excellent product support and a solid warranty. Typical SDLG customers are using them for applications as diverse as farming duties, feedlot operations, snow removal, general construction, material handling and more.

Among the LG948L’s notable features:

  • 3.0 yd3 capacity
  • 173 hp Deutz Tier 4 Interim engine
  • 27,100 lbs.-ft. max breakout force
  • 30,200 lbs. operating weight
  • Dry-disc brakes
  • ZF transmission
  • Hydraulic quick coupler with third function hydraulics standard
  • Modern fit and finish, high visibility, operator friendly cab
  • Easy access to engine compartment for cleaning and maintenance
  • 12-month, 1,500 hour warranty

“The LG948L is a great example of SDLG’s growth in North America,” Quinn says. “As the products become available at more and more dealerships around the region, so too, will our array of product offerings.”

The LG948L will be available in July 2014 at all SDLG dealers. Demonstrations available upon request.