The move to expand the company's product range comes on the heels of its successful launch into North America. SDLG has seen significant growth in terms of its dealer network and customer base over the past few years, as well as the introduction of its Tier 4 Final machines in 2016.
The L918F will be SDLG's fifth wheel loader offering in North America and it will feature a 1.0 yd3 bucket capacity mounted to a skid steer style coupler, placing it in the compact loader category but with the versatility of skid steer style attachments. In addition, the unit will have an optional 1.3 yd3 bucket with wheel loader ISO coupler. The machine will compete with large skid steer loaders, providing the same bucket capacity but with increased maneuverability and operator comfort. Additionally, the compact loader's steering mechanism will cause less damage to job site grounds when compared with a skid steer loader.
Al Quinn, director of SDLG North America, said customer demand is the driving force behind introducing the new machine, with several companies asking SDLG dealers for a compact, value loader alternative for many current skid steer loader applications. He explained that the new model was part of the brand's long-term strategy.
"This new launch demonstrates the maturation of SDLG in the North American market," Quinn said. "It's a milestone. We have tested the concept of offering robust, reliable, value machines into the region and we're now confident that the strategy works. SDLG will continue to expand and offer more products over the coming years that are similarly positioned in the marketplace."
Also at SDLG's booth for CONEXPO 2017 will be the L948F, a 3.0 yd3 capacity Tier 4 Final wheel loader that was introduced in June 2016. Along with a more environmentally sensitive engine, SDLG's Tier 4 Final machines offer several other improvements that include passive regeneration, cab enhancements, improved serviceability, improved operator controls, and improved heating and air conditioning for operator comfort.