Terex introduced its new line of skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders. Based on proven designs and engineering, the new Terex Generation 2 (GEN2) loaders feature more than 100 enhancements from the previous models and are available in radial and vertical lift-path patterns with rated operating capacities (ROC) ranging from 665 – 3,600 lb. These features combine to offer operators powerful machine productivity on every jobsite and equipment owners a high return on investment.
As part of the company’s continuous improvement methodology, many of the enhancements to the Terex GEN2 loader lines are aimed at increasing machine performance through additional ROC and loader breakout forces, while increasing the machine’s durability and reliability in the field, which reduces the cost of ownership during the life of the loader. “The 100 customer-driven improvements to the GEN2 loaders demonstrate Terex’s focus on continuous improvement to our skid steer loader and compact track loader lines, as well as highlight our ongoing commitment to quality and innovation,” says Vice President and General Manager of Terex Construction Americas and Global Aftermarket, Dean Barley. “Performance and durability set Terex loaders apart from the other brands in the industry. The power, engine horsepower, bucket breakout force and axle torque of Terex GEN2 loaders contribute to these machines’ unparalleled lift capability and pushing force. These attributes combined mean that Terex GEN2 loaders are able to handle heavier loads with faster cycle times than competitive brands, enabling operators to get more work done in a day.”
All Terex GEN2 models are equipped with Tier 4 Final engines for increased productivity at a lower operating cost. “With rental customers, as well as owner/operators, relying on Terex compact loaders,” says Barley, “the Terex Tier 4 Final solution came down to simple operation, low cost of ownership and increased productivity. Operators will appreciate the enhanced performance of the new GEN2 model thanks to the extra horsepower and lift capacity provided by the Tier 4 Final engines.”
Other improvements incorporated into the GEN2 line were made based on customer feedback, distributor feedback and warranty data over the last six years. Some examples of these improvements include an improved quick-attach pin profile, a cylinder seal package that includes three additional sealing surfaces to eliminate potential leakage, as well as wear bands were added to reduce side load strain. GEN2 models also include new high-torque, stainless-steel clamps, upgraded hydraulic couplers, one million cycle hoses on all high-pressure applications, new standard and heavy-duty “W” style crimps on loader and drive hoses and improved O-ring installation processes.
Carrying over from the company’s popular predecessor loader models, all Terex GEN2 compact track loaders utilize the company’s popular, patented Posi-Track™ suspended undercarriage technology and proprietary all-rubber track system. With this system, Terex GEN2 compact track loaders to achieve more traction, higher flotation and better operating comfort so operators can make full use of the machine’s higher travel speeds. All Terex GEN2 skid steer loaders continue to boast 10-in of ground clearance, 28° rear angle of departure and the fastest top speeds in their class — up to 12 mph, which improves these machines’ ability to traverse soft, uneven terrain to make the workday more productive and less frustrating for operators.
Terex GEN2 loaders have adopted a new nomenclature system to make it easier for contractors to select the right size machine for the job — this new naming scheme is based on the loader’s ROC. “Most contractors evaluate skid steer loaders and compact track loaders based on ROC,” says Barley. “The new Terex GEN2 skid steer loaders and compact track loaders are engineered to more accurately reflect this commonly used specification, which makes it easier for equipment distributors, rental dealers and contractors to best identify the machine needed to get the job done.”
According to Barley, the Terex GEN2 nomenclature includes five symbols: First, an “R” or a “V” designates whether the loader is a radial or vertical lift-path unit. A series of three numbers following the letter indicates the unit’s ROC, and finally, an “S” or a “T” indicates whether the unit is a skid steer loader or a track loader. For example, the R190T is a radial lift, 1,900-lb ROC track loader, while the V200S is a vertical lift, 2,000-lb ROC skid steer loader.
The Terex GEN2 line currently includes eight models, ranging in size from 665 lb to 2,300 lb of ROC: R070T, R160T, R165S, R185S, R190T, R200S, V200S, V230S. Additional Terex GEN2 compact track loaders and skid steer loaders, including radial and vertical lift models with 2,300 – 3,600 lb ROC, will be added to the product line in the months to come.