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Pro operators rate new Wacker loader, excavator, site dumper

Discussion in 'Compact Wheel Loaders' started by CEwriter, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. CEwriter

    CEwriter Senior Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Evaluation of Wacker's 850 Loader, 6001 Site Dumper, and 8003 Excavator

    We took a Wacker 850 all-wheel-steer wheel loader, 8003 excavator and 6001 site dumper out to the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 Skill Improvement facility. A few of their instructors spent some hours operating them and evaluated the machines for Construction Equipment.

    The surprise star was the 6001 site dumper, an 84-hp articulated dump truck with 13,200-pound (6-tonne) capacity. The dump bed swivels 180 degrees, 90 degrees left and right of center, so it can dump to either side of the machine.

    But the operators also had great things to say about the 60-hp, all-wheel-steer loader, particularly after challenging it with stability maneuvers that would have rolled an articulated loader. The 9,900-pound (4.46-tonne) rigid-framed loader uses coordinated steering from the axle ends, much like today's telehandlers, to turn. Check out the video for a sense of the pucker factor when the operator turns a circle on a 40-percent slope.

    The 16,800-pound (7.6-tonne) excavator got good marks, too.

    We tried to get a pretty thorough evaluation of the innovations in Wacker's new compact earthmover line. Let me know what you think.