LiuGong, a manufacturer of material handling equipment with North American headquarters in Katy, Texas, showcased its new product, the vertical lift wheel loader, at the 2017 Conexpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas from March 7 to 11. The product was first unveiled at LiuGong’s global dealer conference in November 2016 and is being shown for the first time outside of China.
The key innovations of the product are the vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame and the mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage on a vertical lift loader. Vertical lift is designed to improve the wheel loader’s primary function of lifting and carrying a load by providing a heavier tipping load, a higher lift height and reach through arms that bend while raising the bucket.
“This technology will create a new class of the machines. Our truly new LiuGong vertical lift loader will be the first ever for an articulating frame loader. The vertical lift loader will provide performance and value that no radial arm wheel loader can match,” says Edward Wagner, director of LiuGong new technology and test, inventor and lead engineer of the technology.
“This technology is universally applicable and it is especially advantageous for stockpiling and truck loading applications,” adds Wagner.
The idea of vertical lift loader technology was first generated in 2010 and then started and further developed in 2011, says the company. After four years of development, LiuGong expanded its team and went into the final development stage in 2015. This new product will be ready for mass production in 2017.