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Civil engineer uses Schaffer 2026 articulated loader for multifunctional activities

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The new Schaffer articulated loader 2026 is a multifunctional machine which can be used in construction, agriculture, industry, horticulture, shires, landscaping, parks, golf courses and mining.

Russell Kilner, a civil engineer and surveyor, own a Schaffer articulated loader 2026, using it for a variety of activities in his spare time. “To these ends I am assembling a small fleet of earthmoving plant which will allow me to conduct a smaller scale of ‘hands on’ work when the fancy takes me. I have also been looking after a sequence of earthen dams for the mining industry,” Russell says.

Russell has also used the articulated loader for a number of jobs including, driveways, house-pads, post holes for fences and various drainage tasks. He also hires out a plate compactor and a chain trencher to people he knows.

Russell was drawn to the Schaffer articulated loader after seeing it at a trade show and noticing that it was of a higher construction standard than other marques in the local market. “I realised that it was what I wanted in an articulated loader because it is small enough to be easily transported but it has the capacity to do most of the work that I require of it.”

As Russell is not obliged to keep his ‘fleet’ in continuous work, he has the advantage of being able to keep an eye out for the tricky or different type of job.

“While on a dam wall job, we had no way of knowing how far the underlying material had settled under the weight of the new structure. So I suggested placing a steel plate on the ground and then having the surveyor check the level and location of it prior to building the new wall above it. I used my 2026 articulated loader with a Digga auger to drill down 3 meters to find the settlement plate and to determine a change in level.”

The Schaffer articulated loader is a versatile and compact front end loader with a heavy duty build and superior performances every time. These articulated loader‘s are of superior German engineering and have been a leading European hydraulic articulated loader brand for the past 50 years.

A new Schaffer articulated loader lightweight 2026 has been specifically modified from Germany’s product line for Australia.

Manager of Schaffer Loaders in Australia, Cameron Moir says, “We have recognised that there is a large market for small "tow able" heavy duty articulated loader in Australia. This market is generally dominated by "micro" stand on skid steer loaders. As the average vehicle can only tow two tonnes, Schaffers standard European build was found to be too heavy.”

“After consultation and looking at the product range Schaffer redesigned their articulated loader without counterweights and decided on a 15mm thick plate steel chassis instead of 20mm.”

This now gives Aussie operators the opportunity to use a machine with a long wheel base, giving a superior ride. Schaffer also uses axles with differentials which is the same system found on its giant counterparts in the mining industry.

The heavier operating weight of the Schaffer articulated loader also allows the front end loader to be used for serious earthmoving. Instead of "floating" and "skipping" on top of the soil and not having the weight to dig in, the Schaffer articulated loader are able to gain much greater purchase in the soil for pushing, levelling and scooping.

“Schaffer still has the highest operating weight compared to any other mini loaders on the market. The heavy weight is reflected in the largest ram diameter, strongest chassis, heaviest build on the market and the strongest hitch, even after shedding a few hundred kilos.”

The Schaffer articulated loader 2026 has 26x12-12 tyres (skid steer pattern or turf), a 2.5m mast, electric 4-in-1 controls mounted in the joystick and a hydraulic cooler to cope with the hot conditions found in Australia. The list of accessories from Digga is impressive that fit on the Schaffer articulated loader with augers, sweepers, 4-in-1 buckets, stump grinders, rippers and chain trenchers just to name a few available from the factory.

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