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Gehl Broadens Product Lines With Articulated Loaders

Wed February 10, 2010 - National Edition
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Gehl Company has made some additions to its product lines: Gehl compact articulated loader models 140, 340 and 540. These new machines have caught the eye of landscapers, farmers, ranchers, stable operators, fertilizer and feed plants, municipalities and grounds maintenance crews world-wide, according to the manufacturer.

“We are very excited to offer this new and innovative product line to our dealer network and customers world-wide,” said Daniel Keyes, vice president, sales, marketing and customer support. “The new Gehl articulated loaders fill a very important niche in the compact equipment market. With these new models and the Gehl dealer network to support them, Gehl Company is confident these new loaders will become a vital product for our customers and dealer network.”

Three all-new, uniquely different sized loaders are designed to fit both the budget and the application at hand. Gehl articulated loaders feature tipping loads ranging from 1,900 to more than 5,100 lbs. (862 to 2,313 kg), when not articulated, and rated operating capacities from 950 to more than 2,550 lbs. (431 to 1,156 kg). These multi-talented machines can run virtually all universal-type attachments, putting tools customers already own to good use.

Compact sizes from as narrow as 41 in. (104 cm) on the model 140 allow easy access to extremely tight spaces. Articulated steering allows for turns up to 45 degrees, which further enables these compact loaders to navigate confined spaces while minimizing damage to sensitive surfaces and reducing tire wear, according to the manufacturer.

Gehl articulated loaders come equipped with Yanmar diesel engines. These quiet and efficient powerhouses feature Interim Tier IV-certified emission technology. Horsepowers range from 23 hp (17 kW) on the model 140 to 47 hp (35 kW) on the model 540.

Gehl articulated loaders are designed to go almost anywhere and do almost anything. A heavy-duty oscillating joint offers 45-degree turning angles to the left and right and 10 degrees of oscillation in both directions for optimal stability and maneuverability. The bucket and tires follow a constant turn radius, so the rear tires of the loader follow the path of the front tires. Narrow machine widths allow access to tight, confined spaces.

Two easily accessible auxiliary hydraulic lines with flat-face couplers power a variety of tools and make attachment changes easy. Lift arm and bucket float features allow for “floating” of the lift arm and bucket for light scraping and rearward leveling actions.

The lift arm on the Gehl articulated loaders is designed to achieve maximum strength, visibility and cycle times. The parallel-type linkage on the models 140 and 340, and “Z” bar-type linkage on the model 540 provide enhanced bucket breakout forces from 2,433 ft. lbs. on the model 140 to 10,749 ft. lbs. on the model 540. The linkage design allows for mechanical self-leveling action in both the up and down directions, improved bucket dump angles at the mid- and top-ranges of the lift path, as well as increased forward reach.

A complete cab enclosure option is available on the models 340 and 540, providing enhanced comfort and safety for all-day-long operations. Excellent 360-degree visibility is achieved by positioning the operator above the load for safe operation and increased view of the attachment. A multi-function joystick controls the lift arm, bucket, float, travel direction, differential lock and auxiliary hydraulic functions. An inching pedal allows operators to vary ground speed while maintaining a fixed engine speed, to optimally run attachments while enabling precise speed control.

These new machines are designed, tested and manufactured in the United States. Service parts are easily obtained through Gehl’s extensive dealer network and the company’s centrally located parts distribution center.

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