Two newly developed compact wheel loader models with different power ratings are now available from Kramer-Werke GmbH. The first, the KL12.5 mini loader, has an 18.5 kilowatt / 25.2 HP Yanmar engine, a bucket tipping load of 1,140 kilogrammes and an operating weight of 1,920 kilogrammes. The second, the new KL14.5 model, features an energy package with the ideal dimensions. This all wheel steer loader is equipped with a 28.5 kilowatt / 38.8 HP Yanmar engine. The machine has a slightly higher operating weight at 2,070 kilogrammes, as well as a bucket tipping load of 1,400 kilogrammes. Both models feature a brand new cab design, as well as some modern comfort features and power options.
The KL12.5 and KL14.5 wheel loaders are impressive with their compact dimensions and manoeuvrability
Both models are compact and extremely manoeuvrable wheel loaders. With a width of just 1.26 metres and a height of a little over 2 metres, they are ideal for low clearance heights and narrow passages, making them an indispensable partner for agriculture. The machines are built on a new framework concept that enables enormous manoeuvrability whilst maintaining stability. The three types of steering also provide a plus in terms of flexibility. The all-wheel steering in the series continues to support maximum manoeuvrability and fast loading cycles in the tightest of spaces. This is complemented by the optional steering types: front wheel and crab steering, which are available for the first time for this size class. The crab steering is perfect for all tasks, such as manoeuvring in the tightest of spaces or parallel operation along a wall whilst mucking out. Not only does this type of steering enable obstacles to be overcome, it also maintains the consistent working distance parallel, thus ensuring reduced potential for damage. The simple and quick switch between all-wheel, front wheel and crab steering is achieved using a mechanical steering mode switch.
Modern cab design with a plus for comfort
New standards have been set in the compact wheel loader segment with two tanks, providing ideal service access, resulting in an excellent distribution of weight and stabilisation as well as the modern cab design. These features in turn ensure the additional benefit of comfort and ease of operation, with functionality and ergonomics being paramount. The wide entry includes additional steps, thus ensuring a comfortable and, above all, safe entry and exit. The tilt-adjusting steering column, available as an option, is similarly helpful in this respect and also enables individual steering adjustment for the operator. Large glass panels together with re-designed viewing channels ensure optimum visibility out to the attachment and excellent all-round visibility. The generously designed window on the right-hand side can be opened, as usual, through 180 degrees. The cabin door can also be fully raised and locked into position. The newly-designed side console includes many functional and ergonomic features and a number of storage compartments. All important switches are located within easy reach of the right hand. Intuitive operation of the three newly-developed operator modes (Smart Driving PRO) is easily possible and available as an option with the KL14.5 model.
More power and Smart Driving Pro
The new KL14.5 wheel loader model is equipped with a 28.5 kilowatt / 38.8 HP Yanmar engine as standard. The exhaust emission treatment is carried out by DOC and DPF. Smart Driving PRO is also optionally available for the all wheel steer loader. This is a new feature with three different operator modes that support and relieve the operator in the respective applications whilst being fuel-efficient. In Power Mode, the full engine output is available. The fast loading cycles demonstrate their worth, even when it comes to mucking out. In comparison to Power Mode, the machine drives at the same travel speed in Eco Mode with a reduced engine speed. With the aim of reducing the noise level and saving fuel, this operator mode is ideal for stacking work where there is no need for full system power. The third operator mode is an enhancement of the well-known “Low-Speed Control” option. This is augmented during operation via the accelerator pedal. Thus when the engine speed is freely adjustable, not only can the forward travel speed be controlled via the handset control, it can also be done comfortably and sensitively using the accelerator pedal. This operator mode is ideal in applications with attachments, such as a rotary sweeper or a mulcher. The speed can thus be adjusted to changing situations with the greatest sensitivity using the accelerator pedal. This means greater flexibility and safety for the operator. Fast switching between these three operator modes is now possible at the simple touch of a button. The KL14.5 wheel loader continues to impress with optional power flow auxiliary hydraulics, which are the perfect complement to the third operator mode.
Versatile application guaranteed
The well-known Kramer quick-coupler system provides further endurance for efficient working when frequently changing attachments. The loader unit with Z-kinematics provide for a large lift and tearout force, as well as precision parallel guidance, throughout the total height. The visual position display for bucket and fork provides the operator with huge assistance when it comes to frequent changing of attachments. The compact wheel loaders are thus ready for application as all-rounders – be it as a multifunctional fork, bale spike or dung fork. The new Kramer KL12.5 and KL14.5 wheel loaders are versatile and powerful machines for the toughest demands in agriculture.