A mini loader is excellent for any projects that involve earthmoving or levelling soil, and when there’s narrow access that an excavator or skid steer can’t get through. While most mini loaders have wheels, there are tracked versions of these machines, which are more ideal if your work area is sandy or muddy.
Mini loaders have a plethora of attachments, so they don’t necessarily need to be used for only one specific task on site. The 4-in-1 bucket that’s usually used on the machine is pretty versatile, as it not only can scoop soil or material up to 125 kilos, it can also open up to grab items and blade/back blade areas to create a smooth and level surface on the soil. You can use a trenching attachment to dig trenches up to 150mm wide and 1 meter deep. There’s also a rotary hoe attachment if you need to turn soil in a very large area, or a post hole digger attachment that can create holes up to 600mm in diameter, 1 meter deep or even 2 meters deep if you use an auger extension. All of these attachments are easily interchangeable so you can handle multiple projects with the one machine.
The mini loader is a bit different to a skid steer or excavator as you stand on the back of the machine instead of sit. This gives you great visibility in front of the machine. There are four controls – two to drive and steer the machine, two to operate the attachment. The drive forward, simply use the two drive levers forward. To go backwards obviously push both drive levers back. To turn, use the drive levers in opposite directions. There is also a hydraulic speed control, which enables you to give full power to the trenching, or post hole digging attachment you’re using instead of divvying up the power between the drivers and the attachment.
The mini loaders have a simple key start. Before turning it on, make sure you have your ear plugs, specs and your work gloves on. Ensure the parking brake is on the machine and the throttle is set to low. Then simply turn the key to start the motor, step on to the back of the loader and start using the controls to steer the machine.
There really isn’t much to it, and the mini loader will definitely make your next landscaping job easy. For instructions on how to use a mini loader and other handy tips, watch our video.
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