thomas. Loader. June 04th , 2018.
While the front-end loaders on CUT size tractors are capable of many tasks given their relatively small size and low capacities when compared to commercial loaders the compact loaders can be made more useful with some simple options. A toothbar is commonly added to the front edge of a loader bucket to aid with digging. Some loaders are equipped with a quick coupler otherwise known as a quick attach (QA) system. The QA system allows the bucket to be removed easily and other tools to be added in its place. Common additions include a set of pallet forks for lifting pallets of goods or a bale spear for lifting hay bales.
This is referred to as "articulated steering" and allows the front axle to be solid allowing it to carry greater weight. Articulated steering provides better maneuverability for a given wheelbase. Since the front wheels and attachment rotate on the same axis the operator is able to "steer" his load in an arc after positioning the machine which can be useful. The tradeoff is that when the machine is "twisted" to one side and a heavy load is lifted high it has a greater risk of turning over to the "wide" side.
Several if not most countries have similar equipment. The Dutch armed forces for instance use models like the Werklust WG18Edef which weighs 15 tons 2 more than the corresponding unarmored civilian model. In addition the Dutch military previously used extra armor modules covering most of the window surface with steel for extra protection. These were however not popular with the crews due to low visibility.
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