Small new Yanmar machines with big capability – compact equipment major launches its smallest ever wheeled loaders
5 Sept 2023
All-new EU market V7 and V7-HW (Heavy Weight) wheeled loaders use articulation/oscillation joint to keep total machine height under 2.5m – improving manoeuvrability and ease of transportation
Yanmar Compact Equipment (Yanmar CE) has released a dynamic duo of small wheeled loaders, terming them “mini yet mighty machines”, the smallest wheeled loaders in Yanmar CE’s product range.
Out now in the EU and North America markets, Yanmar’s brand-new pair of - the V7 and V7-HW (Heavy Weight) are especially designed to “keep ahead of the fast-paced, tough demands of construction, landscaping and rental applications”, said the company.
The Japanese manufacturer added that customers remain at the heart of its brand, from its ‘Building with You’ slogan to the recent launch of its new operator-dedicated app.
“Armed with feedback about the high-intensity nature of the construction and landscaping sectors – where hardworking operators have little time to spare between projects – Yanmar CE was inspired to build the perfect solution,” said the company in a statement.
Yanmar added that its new small wheeled loader are designed to make life easier for operators in every way possible – starting with manoeuvrability. With a total height less than 2.5m, a width of 1,850mm (with bucket) and an overall length of just 5,238mm, the V7/V7-HW can easily fit inside a standard container a transport friendliness that keeps under the 4m height limit dictated by the EU’s Weights and dimensions’ Directive of 1996.
The all-wheel drive V7/V7-HW both have electronically controlled drivetrains, and a top speed of 20kmh; a 30kmh max speed is available as an option. Customers can further customise their machines by choosing between a premium range of tyre brands and sizes, making the V7/V7-HW perfectly suited to any application regardless of the terrain’s toughness.
Unlike other models in the Yanmar CE range, the new V7/V7-HW are also unique in that they do away with exterior oscillation and instead feature a clever joint that combines articulation with oscillation, enabling the height of the machine to be lowered. The units are also a useful half-tonne lighter than the next largest machines in the Yanmar CE range (weighing 4,250kg and 4,450kg, respectively), making these light-footed and nimble workers ideal for customers landscaping on soft surfaces. Using a new platform that can support both diesel and electric power trains, they fill a gap at the smaller end of the company’s compact wheel loader range.
Whether transporting materials, rehandling loading, lifting pallets, clearing or laying pipes – all can be tackled with a single V7/V7-HW, thanks to a hydraulic quick hitch that enables the operator to seamlessly swap between buckets, forks, sweepers, snow blowers, etc.
The versatility of the units is paired with a mechanically controlled joystick for precise operation of lift and tilt cylinders, and super responsive tools with a 63 litres-per-minute, 250 bar pressure pump. The V7/V7-HW have a bucket capacity of 0.7 and 0.8m cubic metres, respectively, and the V7-HW has a higher payload on forks (1,900kg) compared to the V7 (1,750kg). The V7 has a maximum tipping load of 3,000kg, while the V7-HW can tip 3,250kg.
For maximum operator comfort and safety, the V7/V7-HW feature an all-new cabin, with two robust steel framed doors, compared to the more usual one door configuration, helping access, airflow and interior cleaning. Large, glazed areas afford a good all-round view – helped by a 3.5-inch operator display fitted on the A-post, rather than on the steering column, improving the view of the front attachment. For warmer climates, canopy variants of both machines are also available.
Rear visibility is particularly good, thanks to the engine hood design and absence of a vertical exhaust pipe. The exhaust is incorporated into the counterweight – beneficial on the canopy variants, where operators are not exposed to nearby exhaust gases as they would with a normal vertical exhaust pipe. Large mirrors and powerful work lights further aid safety and visibility, day or night. Roof mounted glazing, meanwhile, helps make operators’ lives easier when dumping from height. Controls fall easily to hand and ergonomics have been a priority in the design of the V7.
According to Yanmar, acting as the “’Premium Red’ cherry on top, operators need not be concerned about downtime either; thanks to the V7/V7-HW being fitted with a Yanmar 4TNV86CT four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. The engine is not only low emission, but also offers no scheduled maintenance on its DPF for an incredible 6,000 hours. It caters perfectly to the long hours of those working in the construction and landscaping sectors.