Mecalac’s new ‘AS900tele’ for optimised logistics

Published 30/12, 2020 at 09:08

Mecalac, a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of compact construction equipment for urban environments, has introduced the AS900tele to North America.

The new machine combines the compactness and mobility of Mecalac’s revolutionary AS ‘Swing Loader Series’ with telescopic technology to provide versatility on the jobsite. Functioning as a loader, telehandler or landscaping tool, the AS900tele reduces the need for additional equipment and optimises jobsite logistics. “When you rely on one machine for each task, a jobsite can end up looking more like a parking lot,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America. 

Like all AS Series units, the 8t AS900tele’s ‘swing design’ enables operators to swivel the fully loaded bucket 90o on either side, transforming space management and allowing for a radical new approach to tasks. With the rotated bucket, filling trenches or carrying pipes requires minimum operating space. On a road project, this rotation limits necessary space, requiring only a single lane closure rather than the two needed for traditional loaders. For a congested urban jobsite, this flexibility allows for optimal equipment positioning in confined spaces.

Additionally, the unit’s telescoping capabilities pair reach with power. With a lifting height of 4.72m and outreach of 3.5m, the AS900tele allows operators to minimise repositioning while maximising reach. The AS900tele has a carrying capacity of 2,270kg at full extension, providing ample power for applications such as loading walking floor trailers or waste handling. Paired with a range of attachments, including pallet forks, buckets, brushes, snowploughs and hedge trimmers, the telescoping allows the unit to replace traditional backhoe loaders, wheel loaders and telehandlers. 

For even more versatility, the AS900tele features three steering options: ‘2-wheel’, ‘4-wheel’ and ‘crab’. This allows operators to simultaneously drive, pivot and manoeuvre, regardless of ground conditions. Combined with the swivel arm, it results in a 20% smaller turning radius (when compared to traditional wheel loaders) increasing productivity and safety for a range of common tasks including loading a trailer,  material handling as well as municipal jobs such as mowing, snow handling and pruning trees. 

The AS900tele also provides increased stability over traditional articulated loaders and telehandlers. A well balanced design and automatically locking rear axle allow operators to safely manoeuvre in all positions and on all terrains. Traditional equipment, on the other hand, can become unstable with only a 45o turn.  “All the AS Series units were designed around a single idea: how do we improve the articulated loader to provide better efficiency and streamline the worksite,” Bigwood said. “The AS900tele takes that innovation a step further, replacing two or even three other machines without sacrificing the productivity or safety of Mecalac’s swing loader.”

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