The Schaffer Loader 2026 was specifically modified from Germany’s product line for Australia. Manager of Schaffer Loaders in Australia, Cameron Moir says, “We recognised that there was a large market for small "tow able" material handling machines in Australia. This market is generally dominated by "micro" stand on Loaders. As the average vehicle can only tow two tonnes, Schaffer’s standard European build was found to be too heavy.
“After consultation and looking at the product range Schaffer redesigned their machine 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 good 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 loaders also allows the machine 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 Loaders are able to gain much greater purchase in the soil for pushing, levelling and scooping.
Russell Kilner, a civil engineer and surveyor, knows what it is like to own a Schaffer Loader 2026, using it for a variety of activities.
“I am assembling a small fleet of earthmoving plants 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 loader for a number of jobs including, driveways, house-pads and various drainage tasks. He also hires out the plate compactor and the chain trencher to people he knows.
Russell was drawn to the Schaffer Loaders ' 2026 loader after seeing it at a trade show and noticing that it was of a higher construction standard.
“I realised that it was what I wanted 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.
“Once 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 with a Digga auger to drill down 3 meters to find the settlement plate and to determine a change in level.”