Intrepid mini articulating loaders debut at Equip Expo
This year’s Equip Expo visitor will be able to see and drive Intrepid loaders for the first time. Being introduced to the American green industry contractor in 2018, Intrepid loaders have since taken the green industry by storm. Tree care companies like the rugged, all-steel construction and telescopic boom feature of the loader. Landscapers and hardscaping companies also appreciate the smooth controls, great lift capacity, and operator overview of Intrepid mini articulating loaders.
A unique feature of the Intrepids is the option to be fitted with a dual tire configuration (8 wheels), allowing them to be smaller in width when needed to go through a small gate. The duals also provide more stability and even less impact on sensitive areas like lawns.
The Intrepid KM85, KM100 Tele and KM130 Tele form the line-up for Miniloaders.com, the importer and distributor of these machines. Fitted with 25hp Kubota diesel engines and weighing just 2000 lbs, 3000 lbs, and 4000 lbs, respectively, these loaders are compact yet powerful. Operating capacities range from 1000 lbs to 2500 lbs. The KM85 is especially unique; with a frame width of only 32 inches, it is the smallest cab-rear wheel-loader in the world.
‘Quality is a defining feature of an Intrepid loader’, says Chris Sleurink, founder of Miniloaders.com. ‘These loaders are built in Belgium by a small, family-run manufacturer. They still take in for service loaders they built themselves 15 to 20 years ago, which tells you they care about how they construct and design a loader’, Chris says. In Europe, these loaders are branded as ‘Knikmops’ and roughly 80% of them end up with hardscaping contractors. Chris: ‘Sometimes, customers return mini loaders with over 10,000 hours asking for a hydraulic pump or engine refurbishment. The frames last forever’.
In the United States, Intrepids can mainly be seen working alongside landscape and arborist crews. Mini loaders in operation with tree care companies work under tough conditions; they are subject to impacts from branches and brush, are used to pick up heavy logs, and are sometimes driven on uneven terrain. Build quality design features then become even more important factors when it comes to purchasing a mini loader.
Miniloaders.com invites Equip Expo visitors to visit indoor booth 42719 and outdoor demo booth 8047D to experience Intrepid loaders.