Mecalac, a global designer and manufacturer of compact construction equipment, offers a product line of robust compact loaders to the North American market. The series is comprised of six models — the MCL2, MCL4, MCL4+, MCL6, MCL6+ and MCL8 — and includes new hydraulic and maneuverability options, such as M-Drive and Speed Control.
The M-Drive and Speed Control features allow the loader to function as a tool carrier, providing control of RPM by hand throttle and speed via a foot pedal. This enables more precise and controlled operation of a wide variety of hydraulic attachments.
The ability to redefine the speed range via the foot pedal provides supplemental benefits for particular applications — for example, choosing a lower speed allows for enhanced accuracy on precise applications, such as flail mowing, sweeping or when using log grapple attachments. Both Speed Control and M-Drive come standard on the MCL6 and MCL8 models and are options for the MCL2 and MCL4 models.
Each MCL in the series has an option for auxiliary hydraulic lines on the boom and at the rear of the machine as well as 12V 3 pole plugs, further enhancing versatility by allowing the ability to use hydraulic attachments on either end of the machine. The MCL series maximizes attachment possibilities with 7.9 gpm flow on the MCL2 and MCL4 models and 15.9 gpm flow on the MCL6 and MCL8 models.
The MCL4+ and MCL6+ models come standard with a short boom, which offers a better tipping load, whereas the other four models come with a long — standard — boom which maximizes tipping height. Long or short boom, the MCL series machines yield multifunctionality through compatibility with a wide range of attachments. From pallet forks and multi-purpose buckets to augers, mowers and snow blades, these loaders provide maximum efficiency while minimizing downtime.
The MCL series’ optimum height-to-width-to-length ratio ensures agility on any jobsite. Each machine has a 45-degree articulation that keeps the front wheels traveling in the same path as the rear wheels while driving. A 10-degree oscillation allows a strong follow-up and maximum traction wherever the machine might travel, including on uneven ground. The MCL2 and 4 models have a 25-horsepower engine, with travel speeds up to 7 mph for the MCL2, and 12 mph for MCL4 and 4+. The remaining models come with a 49-horsepower engine and travel up to 12 mph with an included option for travel speeds up to 19 mph.
Safety continues to be a key focus for Mecalac in the MCL series with easy accessibility for entering the cab or refueling from a solid ground footing, reducing the risk of falls. Additionally, the machines offer enhanced side and top visibility over similar sized skid steers.
Customization options for the MCL series allow customers to tailor the machine to their specific operation. A start-up digicode incorporates a keypad that offers the owner tracking and monitoring capabilities by allowing the ability to assign a specific code for each operator. Each machine is available in three versions — canopy, canopy with foldable top or a cab version — in combination with a wide selection of attachments, which drives versatility and customization capabilities for individual operations.