Compact loaders, also known as mini-loaders, are powerful and adaptable machines used across a variety of industries including farming, forestry, landscaping and construction. What makes them stand out is their compact size, agile manoeuvrability, and when it comes to Avant compact loaders – an extensive selection of over 200 different attachments.
As I’m sure many of you will appreciate, 200 attachments is a lot! This opens up a myriad of ways a compact loader can be used and this article explores just a handful of them – so here are ten different ways you can put a compact loader to work.
1 – Material Handling
One of the primary uses of compact loaders is for material handling. Fitted with a bucket attachment, these loaders can seamlessly transport a range of materials such as soil, gravel and sand. This feature is incredibly useful across many industries, especially in construction and landscaping.
2 – Digging
Compact loaders also shine when it comes to digging holes! With a backhoe or auger attachment, they can excavate foundations, dig holes for fence posts or trees, and even create trenches for the laying of pipes, cables, and other utilities with the help of a trencher attachment.
3 – Maintenance of Stables
Many stable owners have found compact loaders to be incredibly handy for tasks such as cleaning animal pens and moving large sacks of feed or grain. Attachments like grapples, silage grabs, big bag lifters, bedding distributors and silage dispensers are all available within the Avant range to help with these tasks.
4 – Bale Moving & Stacking
Whilst we’re on the topic of farming, a compact loader can also be used for the moving and stacking of bales, whether round or square. Some compact loader manufacturers offer attachments including bale grabs, handlers and forks with some even offering more advanced attachments such as bale splitters.
5 – Lawn Mowing
Did you know that compact loaders are also excellent for lawn mowing? With a mower attachment, they can maintain both small and large areas of grass, making them an ideal solution for parks, large estates, and commercial properties.
6 – Hedge Cutting
With a hedge cutter attachment, compact loaders make the pruning of hedges and shrubs a quick and easy task. This functionality is especially useful for those maintaining large estates and many other green spaces. With the help of a tipper trailer, you can even transport your cuttings to a suitable location ready for disposal.
7 – Forestry Work
In forestry, compact loaders are often equipped with attachments such as log grabbers, tree shears, and log splitters and chippers, becoming an indispensable tool for arborists and tree surgeons. Log grabbers simplify the movement of large and heavy logs whilst tree shear attachments allow for the precision cutting of tree trunks and branches. Log splitters and wood chippers are also available to help with this line of work.
8 – Demolition
When equipped with a hammer or breaker attachment, compact loaders are perfect for small-scale demolition projects and are becoming more popular in various construction settings. They can break apart concrete, bricks, and other hard materials, saving both time and labour costs.
9 – Road Sweeping
Various manufacturers including Avant offer sweeper or broom attachments on their compact loaders, capable of cleaning roads, paths, or large outdoor areas quickly and effectively. They make light work of clearing debris, leaves, or dirt, keeping your surroundings neat and tidy.
10 – Snow Removal
Whilst less of an issue for the UK audience, compact loaders can also be fitted with a range of snow removal attachments. If you’re responsible for the maintenance of commercial property, public spaces, or other areas that should be kept free of snow and ice, you might want to consider a snow plough, snow blower, or salt spreading attachment. Their small footprint allows them to navigate narrow spaces, making snow removal a breeze.
In conclusion, compact loaders are multi-purpose machines, offering a wide range of uses thanks to their flexible design, compact size, and wide variety of available attachments. No matter your industry, there’s a high likelihood that a compact loader can help increase efficiency by making light work of the most demanding of tasks.
Central Platform Services is an authorised dealer of Avant loaders and attachments in parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. If you are interested in a compact loader or attachment, simply get in touch to discuss your requirements.Our Blog