Top loader: Watch the Blaney wheeled loader concept in action
The Blaney wheeled loader concept has been 12 years in the making
It's been 12 years on the design bench but finally the Blaney wheeled loader concept has become a reality as machines have been sold and are currently being manufactured.
The mastermind behind the new range of machines is Sean Blaney and his team at Blaney Motors in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Sean and his team are no strangers to engineering and manufacturing as they already operate Quad-X, Blaney Agri, Load-X and Blaney Gears divisions at their premises near Ahoghill.
The goal was to introduce a range of loaders keeping the design simple yet effective and that's what has been achieved with the first model off the production line, the L1 10-27. Sales are already in the book for this model which are currently being built for customers in livestock farming and construction. Powered by a Yanmar 40 horsepower engine this loader can lift a maximum pay load of one tonne to a maximum height of 2.75m.
It has a maximum lift capacity (hydraulic) of 1500kgs which is the market sector Sean wanted to focus on as he saw many applications for it on farms, in garden centres and in construction.
Measuring a compact 3.14m long, 2.2m high and 1.34m wide on the wider tyres, this L1 10-27 will fit into all those 'nooks and crannies' that have been avoided in the past with bigger machines.
Essentially this is a pivot steer loader and has a remarkable tight turning circle of only 2.05m. Weighing 1,790kgs unladen the L1 10-27 has enough ballast to handle round bales of fodder or big bags of fertiliser with ease. The most important aspect of any loading shovel is visibility and Blaney say it has mastered that in the L1 10-27 with a 360 degree view from the cab.
A low pivot on the loading arms means the operator has excellent visibility for all operations without having to stick his head out the side to see what is going on.