Whether you're hauling supplies or moving dirt, the right front-end loaders make the job a whole lot easier. Choosing one for your business may seem like a chore, but with a little bit of research, you should have no trouble finding the right one for your needs.
When you first start shopping for front end loader attachments, you'll notice that they come in several types. Some of the more common types of loaders are:
1. A mini front loader, which works on smaller tractors
2. A front end loader attachment, which works on regular-sized tractors
3. A front end loader backhoe, which is a bit deeper and meant for digging holes and hauling larger loads
Decide what type of front end loaders/equipment you need for the jobThe first thing that you need to do is decide what type of loader you're in the market for. If you already have a tractor, you need to make sure that the product you choose is compatible. Most retailers are happy to assist you in this process. If you don't have a tractor yet, then you're free to explore your options.
Compare the front end loader tractors and related products on the marketNot all front end loaders are the same, so it's important to look at the specifications of each one to make sure that it's up to your standards. Choose the wrong model, and it may end up breaking down after a heavy load or damaging the tractor because the loader is too heavy. Things to compare are bucket size, transmission specs, horsepower, fan capabilities and operating controls. For new front end loaders, you should also look at the warranty options that come with the product.
Save money with used front end loadersOnce you have a particular type in mind, it's time to start crunching the numbers and comparing used vs. new. Often, buying used is a better value, especially if the loader has been taken care of and is in good condition. You may not get a warranty on the loader, but saving a few thousand dollars may be worth it to buy second-hand.
- When evaluating a front end loader for sale, ask to take it for a test drive. You'll get a good feel for how it runs and whether it will work for your specific needs.