Mecalac, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of compact construction equipment, will launches its AT1050 telescopic wheel loader at the ARA Show in New Orleans on Feb. 19. The manufacturer says this telescopic loader balances the functionality of a rigid chassis front loader with the maneuverability of an articulated loader. Mecalac will also showcase its TA3SH Site Dumper at the event organized by the American Rental Association.
“Our booth is off the beaten path,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America. “But the walk will seem short compared to the long-term returns our offerings provide rental customers by extending what they can do with just one compact machine.”
In a press release, Mecalac described AT1050’s design and function.
The AT1050’s rigid chassis keeps the machine balanced by retaining its center of gravity — even during tight turns — and four-wheel steering aids maneuverability. Three steering modes enable the operator to use two-wheel steer when travelling at up to 25 miles per hour, four-wheel steer for tight turns and crab steer for moving diagonally to get the AT1050 into position close to walls or obstacles. A rigid chassis also means the unit loses no capacity while turning whereas a traditional articulating loader will reduce its capacity up to 30% while doing the same movement. Unlike typical telehandlers that need plenty of room to maneuver, the telescopic loader can make a single movement within a radius of 12 feet, 2 inches.
Typically, operators need to choose between a telehandler’s reach or a wheel loader’s ability to cut, move and grade materials. Jobs requiring both attributes may require both machines on an often-crowded jobsite. The AT1050 uses its innovative telescopic boom to perform both functions — and more. Featuring Mecalac’s patented hydraulic quick coupler, the AT1050 can quickly switch between forks to a number of other accessories such as buckets, hydraulic grapples, sweepers or job-specific implements.
The AT1050 delivers heavy-duty performance with a Tier 4 Final 75-hp engine with a DOC emissions control system. This means that there is no DPF or DEF fluid to manage, boosting uptime while mitigating de-rates and engine issues relating to bypassed regeneration cycles or compromised DEF systems. This is crucial in the rental industry where a unit will be used by multiple operators and down time means revenue lost. Equipped with loading forks, the machine has a lifting height of up to 15 ft., 2 in. and reach of up to 9 ft., 9 in. This working range is paired with a superior lifting force of more than 3 tons at 6,305 pounds. The monoboom design offers a clear view of the work tool and the lifting kinematics combine the strength and breakout force of a loader and the reach of a telehandler. Expanding on this, the panoramic roof and large, tinted windows offer operators exceptional visibility of the worksite.