Unique mini loaders touch down in Oz

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The all new MultiOne MK compact mini-loader is set to be launched at Dowerin Field Days along with other articulated machines from Italian agriculture machinery giant MultiOne CSF.

Unique mini loaders touch down in Oz
MultiOne's new MK loader will make its debut at the Dowerin field days in WA this August.

Newly established agricultural compact loader dealer MultiOne Australia is set to launch a raft of newly arrived multi-functional machines at the Dowerin Field Days in Western Australia, August 27 to 28.

The WA-based company set up shop in 2013 to represent Italian agriculture giant MultiOne CSF, which hasn’t had an Australian distributor since 2007.

Best described as a multi-purpose, compact articulated tool carrier, MultiOne machines are suitable for agriculture as well as private and municipal maintenance, green keeping and small contractors.

At Dowerin, MultiOne Australia will showcase the MK, released this year, the 800 series and the company’s current largest model, the GT 950.

The four-wheel MK is part of the M Series of compact mini-loaders which also includes the MZ and M28D.

The MK features a three-pump hydraulic system with separated circuits enabling attachments to receive a constant oil flow, and comes standard with an independent radiator.

It is equipped with a 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton Vanguard petrol engine with a vertical-shaft structure, delivering 22hp (17kW) and a torque of 14.6Nm at 3,600rpm.

"Very similar to that of a utility or an all-terrain vehicle [ATV], the MK’s engine delivers reliability and durability, together with low consumption and is quick to start," MultiOne Australia Co-Director Ian Willis says.

The MK’s four wheel-motors offer ‘pin lock’ emergency brakes and are controlled by proportional hydrostatic transmission, capable of 12km/h.

"All MultiOne models are equipped with maintenance-free heavy-duty wheel motors improved for working under extreme weather conditions," Willis says.

A boom extending 1.8m can reach the platform of a truck so material can be unloaded from containers with a tailgate.

A universal quick coupling plate allows attachments to be quickly mounted and electro-hydraulic outlets enable work with a wide range of tools. A self-levelling kit keeps the load steady.

Rear outlets for additional attachments if required increase the flexibility of use.

"The ‘closed H-shape’ of the MK’s boom’s frame allows the operator to see the attachment even when the boom is lifted, and grants greater strength while working," Willis says.

"It assures an elevated hydraulic power higher than many other machines when lifting heavy loads and while driving with any attachments."

Safety features include a roll bar with Plexiglas roof, to protect the operator while working and two bright working lights, positioned in a sheltered position from knocks/impacts.

The MK is ergonomically designed with user-friendly active controls, to prevent the unintentional activation of attachments.

A control panel with optical signals for engine, temperatures and levels are clearly placed in the dashboard, on the right of the operator.

"The MK is designed to offer a wide visibility on every direction," Willis adds.

"The very low centre of the machine allows lifting heavy loads without losing stability, even on the most demanding situations and/or surfaces."

The MK also utilises a hydraulic device dubbed the ‘Progressive Dynamic Block System’ which in the unlocked position prevents damage to the ground while the machine is steering.

"When locked, it gives the best traction on uneven or slipping surfaces. It can be operated anytime, in any conditions," Willis says.

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