At LiuGong’s 13th Global Dealer Conference in November, the company launched its revolutionary new product – the Vertical Lift Wheel Loader. This truly new technology marks an important milestone for LiuGong and for the Chinese construction equipment industry.
The loader will be displayed at CONEXPO 2017.
The key innovations of the product are the vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame and the mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage on a vertical lift loader – both industry firsts.
The vertical lift was developed as an innovative way to increase customer value when purchasing a loader. Vertical lift accentuates the wheel loader’s primary function: lifting and carrying a load, by providing a heavier tipping load and a higher lift height than conventional wheel loaders of the same power and weight. Fuel costs are greatly reduced since the reduced operating weight of the vertical lift machine allows more tons material to be moved per horsepower than with a conventional radial lift machine. This allows customers to move more tons per hour for lower initial investment, and lower owning and operating costs than would be required with conventional technology. Since the vertical lift wheel loader shares its basic technology with all other LiuGong wheel loaders, the reliability and durability of the vertical lift machines equals what customers have come to associate with other LiuGong wheel loaders.
“This technology will create a new class of the machines. Our ‘truly new’ LiuGong vertical lift loader will be the first ever for an articulating frame loader. We are proud to say that we were the first to develop and will be the first to market the vertical lift articulating frame wheel loader,” says Edward Wagner, Director of LiuGong New Technology and Test, inventor and lead engineer of the technology.
“This technology is universally applicable and it is especially advantageous for stockpiling and truck loading applications with advantages in efficiency and performance,” adds Edward.
The idea of vertical lift loader technology was first generated in 2010 and then started and further developed in 2011. After 4 years of development, LiuGong expanded the team and went into final development stage in 2015. This new product will be ready for mass production in 2017.