AS 500 - Switch to the swing
1 February 2019
The Mecalac Group is the only manufacturer of loaders in the world to offer all possible wheel loader variants: with 13 models, from articulated and telescopic loaders to the „Swing“ type loaders, whatever the loader requirement there is something in our range to meet it. With a rigid chassis, 4 wheel steering and a single-section arm with a swing radius of 180°, the Mecalac Swing loader – with high efficiency and speed of action –provides top performance on all construction sites. Its ability to simultaneously drive, manoeuvre and pivot is key to the high productivity of the Mecalac Swing on site. Stability is assured by a rigid chassis with four wheel steering; while the arm that pivots at constant speed maintains a punishing work rate. This combination of chassis and arm also contributes to the exceptional compactness across the range of 6 Mecalac ‘Swing’ loaders.
Mecalac swing, immediate efficiency
Urban construction sites and places with limited space and time are the natural environment for the compact wheeled loader. In addition to this compactness, essential in these environments, the efficiency of a wheeled loader is determined by its loading and unloading cycles. These cycles consist of many time consuming manoeuvres that account for a large proportion of a conventional loaders working time. Taking these considerations as a starting point, the innovative Mecalac Swing loader concept was born. The swing concept places an even greater focus on the actual operation of a wheeled loader in order to make it more efficient and more comfortable for the driver.
Greater added value in operation has already been achieved by saving time in all manoeuvres and avoiding unnecessary movements to optimise the use of the available space on site. The Swing loader, thanks to its arm, pivots instead of having to reposition. As a result, less time is wasted, less noise and visual nuisance are generated, less maintenance is required, there is a lower risk of accidents and less impact on the environment. For example, a conventional loader needs 10 metres of footprint to load a truck, the Swing only needs 5 metres (Graphic A). In the same way, not blocking traffic while filling a trench also means time saved and disruption minimised. The unparalleled compactness of the Mecalac Swing loader allows it to dump sand in a single lane where other loaders encroach on two lanes (Graphic B). With 4 wheel steering, combined with the 180° swivel arm, the Mecalac Swing can perform a complete rotation on a footprint that is 20% smaller than that of a conventional loader (Graphic C).
Urban construction sites are often congested, work space is limited and ground conditions are often compromised. Designed around a one-piece frame with 3 steering modes as standard - 2 wheel steering, 4 wheel steering, crab - the stability of this machine is 100% assured: whatever is lifted by the bucket at the front, once the rear axle is locked, can be turned through 180° without any loss of steadiness (Graphic D). Thanks to this incredible stability in all positions and on all terrains, the Swing loader is able to radically transform the logistics of construction sites. Whatever the circumstances, it never loses its equilibrium whether moving on site, between sites or during the various work stages, maintaining its mobility while reliably and securely overcoming any obstacles with ease. Its small turning radius ensures a very high degree of manoeuvrability, even on the most confined sites.
With the telescopic version the use of hydraulic tools further enhances the machine’s flexibility. The loader can be used with rotary and extension equipment to clear slopes adjoining public roads of brush safely without blocking traffic and much faster than with a conventional machine. The complete range of Mecalac Swing loaders can be equipped with many accessories that can be operated efficiently – from a brush cutter, auger or a hydraulic hammer – versatility becomes more than an empty phrase and is one of the major plus points of these machines. With these additional advantages the Mecalac Swing is now positioned at the leading edge of efficiency and performance in the service of today’s construction industry and those who work in it.
Outstanding stability, compactness and versatility contribute to the unsurpassed efficiency of Mecalac Swing loaders.
Mecalac swing AS 500, your gateway to the best of loading
There is nothing more satisfying than the feeling of getting it right first time, doing your job more efficiently and quickly than others on the site, increasing your performance and the quality of your work. The easy to use AS 500 is your gateway to a different way of working in the loader world. Powered by a Deutz Stage V engine, equipped with a 500 litre capacity bucket and an auxiliary hydraulic line as standard, the brand new Mecalac AS 500 Swing loader also features a completely reworked design with the elegant lines that are synonymous with Mecalac. The bright and spacious cab with tinted windows is accessible from both sides. The driving controls are ergonomically arranged to create an efficient and safe workstation. Two large retractable exterior mirrors maximise visibility of the working environment. The panoramic roof is a great help when loading at height. A driver who is comfortable at their workstation and reassured by the safety features for them and their colleagues is more likely to work efficiently. The driver’s seat of the AS 500 meets the latest standards in ergonomics and comfort, the storage facilities are practical, easily accessible and spacious, the air conditioning and heating system is powerful and adjustable, making working conditions more pleasant.
Deciding to work with the Mecalac AS 500 Swing loader is deciding to work better, more efficiently and more cost-effectively. It is also means adopting the most effective approach to handling loose material, giving you the edge on construction sites. For all contractors, this means a step towards more efficient site operations, higher performance and therefore greater profitability.
Source: Mecalac France S.A.S.