Wacker Neuson introduced a variety of new products at ConExpo last week, including a new line of skid-steer and compact track loaders, especially designed for the North American market. The two skid-steer loaders – the SW 24 and SW 28 – have payloads of 2,400 and 2,800 pounds respectively. The two compact loaders – the ST 35 and ST 45 – have payloads of 3,500 and 4,500 pounds respectively.

“With the introduction of the skid steer loader series, we complete our portfolio of compact machines in North America,” said Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson. “This makes us even more attractive to many dealers and we can now provide customers with high quality and high performance compact machines, all under one roof. This is in line with our strategy of aligning sales and distribution activities even more closely with customer needs and priorities. The feedback we received so far is very positive.”

Christopher Barnard, president and CEO of Wacker Neuson Corp. U.S., said the company considered many options in bringing a quality skid-steer line to the market but ultimately choose to develop its own “in order to control the design, the manufacturing, the quality and the cost.

“The design of the skid-steer loader models was jointly done between Wacker Neuson’s facility in Hoersching, Austria, and Menomonee Falls, Wis. The new models officially hit the market at ConExpo with two skid steer and two track loaders offered in a variety of packages and price ranges to fit the North American market. They will be available at the North American and Canadian dealer network from mid-2014 onwards with the balance of the line being phased into the marketplace over the next couple of years.”

Wacker Neuson also showed its new 803 dual power mini excavator. The mini excavator runs off a standard diesel engine or can be connected to an electro-hydraulic drive, allowing the machine to operate emission free. The unit is designed for interior excavating and demolition, and uniquely allows the operator to choose between diesel and electric power.

Wacker Neuson also presented its 10-ton mobile excavator, its AWS550 wheel loader with an operating weight of 3.6 tons, and the compact excavator ET 20 with an operating weight of two tons. The company also presented light towers with the vertical mast and the LED option, which uses about 70 percent of the standard amount of fuel.

The company also presented its light balloon, its hydronic surface heater, radiant heater, indirect fired heaters, and an indirect-fired heater featuring a new combustible gas detection system that continuously samples the surrounding air for the presence of hydro carbons.