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SDLG Meets Demand With New Wheel Loader

The new SDLG LG948L loader lies in the most coveted capacity class for the region, with a 3.0 cu. yd. (2.3 cu m) bucket capacity.

Tue July 22, 2014 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Companies in North America are demanding more and more equipment manufactured in China. The reason: value pricing and heightened manufacturing quality. This trend, as reported in outlets such as the Financial Times, is gaining steam in the oil and energy sectors, and it’s expected to reverberate throughout the construction equipment industry.

To meet this growing market demand, SDLG is launching a new model wheel loader in North America — the SDLG LG948L. This new loader lies in the most coveted capacity class for the region, with a 3.0 cu. yd. (2.3 cu m) bucket capacity. Some 62 percent of new wheel loaders purchased in North America are in the 2.5 to 3.5 cu. yd. (1.9 to 2.6 cu m) range, where the new LG948L falls squarely in the middle.

Alan Quinn, director of SDLG North America, said the company spoke directly to customers across the country to assess their application needs, and in doing so, found that a wheel loader with a 3.0 cu. yd. capacity would hit the “sweet spot.”

“We spoke to customers at events like the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Georgia, World Ag Expo in California and Dakotafest in South Dakota, and found that most of them were impressed with SDLG’s wheel loaders,” he said. “Some customers, though, expressed that they would like an option with more capacity than the 2.4 cubic yard model LG938L, but not quite as much as the 4.0 cubic yard model LG959. Releasing the 3.0 cubic yard model LG948L enables us to fill that gap and offer a lineup of wheel loaders that can fit more customers’ needs.”

As with other SDLG models, the LG948L is aimed at wheel loader customers that don’t need the features of premium-priced machines, or those that might have purchased a used loader, but find a great value proposition in a new loader with excellent product support and a solid warranty. Typical SDLG customers are using them for applications as diverse as farming duties, feedlot operations, snow removal, general construction, material handling and more.

Among the LG948L’s notable features:

• 3.0 cu. yd. capacity

• 173 hp Deutz Tier IVi engine

• 27,100 lbf max breakout force

• 30,200 lb. (13,698 kg) operating weight

• Dry-disc brakes

• ZF transmission

• Hydraulic quick coupler with 3rd function hydraulics standard

• Modern fit and finish, high visibility, operator friendly cab

• Easy access to engine compartment for cleaning and maintenance

• 12-month, 1,500 hour warranty

“The LG948L is a great example of SDLG’s growth in North America,” Quinn said. “As the products become available at more and more dealerships around the region, so too, will our array of product offerings.”

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