Mustang Refines Its AWS Loader Product Lineup

Wed November 08, 2006 - National Edition

Mustang Manufacturing Co. Inc.’s new AWS loaders — ML28, ML48, ML48T and ML68 — have been upgraded with a redesigned body and operator compartment.

While the ML28 introduces a new size class to the Mustang product line, the ML48 and ML48T replace former models ML52 and ML53. The ML68 replaces the ML72. For additional handling, model ML48T features a telescoping boom.

“Contractors looking for the safest, most reliable option in compact equipment really need to take a look at the all-wheel-steer loader,” said Doug Snorek, Mustang marketing manager. “The units are built with the same proven steering technology you’ll find on many telehandlers and other tight-turning compact equipment.”

Mustang’s all-wheel-steering allows for the entire machine to turn as one unit, thus maintaining its center of gravity throughout the turning circle, allowing turns with a full load.

This stability extends to transporting loads. Because the Mustang AWS loader has been designed with a load stabilizer, operators can carry a full bucket of material at speeds up to 25 mph (optional, standard maximum speed is 12 mph).

Using ergonomics studies as a foundation, engineers redesigned the cab of the Mustang AWS loaders.

“Everything from the pilot controls to the air vents is right where you need it,” said Snorek. “Inside the cab, the sight lines are excellent, and the operator’s seat can be adjusted to the driver’s requirements to create a comfortable and relaxed working environment.”

A major goal of the redesign was to increase operator visibility from inside the cab because of the unit’s quick-hitch attachment system. Without a clear view of the system — which allows for the hook-up and release of attachments right from the cab — the operator would not be able to take full advantage of this amenity, according to the manufacturer.

In addition to good visibility, a raised pin helps ease the quick-hitch process. By keeping the QuickTach further off the ground away from the dirt and grime that can cause buildup, the AWS Loader engineers found a way to help the pin float into position easier.

With nearly all-glass doors on both sides of the machine and an extended rear and front window, operators can now see all the way from the linkage to the bucket from inside the new units.

The optional EcoSpeed system gives the unit a 2-speed transmission.

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