The first Avant Tecno 700 Series compact articulated loader to be sold in the UK has been delivered to Ayrefield Plant of Chorley in Lancashire and was chosen principally because it can be easily transported by a 3.5 tonne truck.
Ayrefield Plant, which specialises in working on behalf of blue chip contractors, had originally intended to purchase a forklift but is now delighted with its choice of an Avant 750 model which is currently earning its keep on a busy city centre site in Bury.
Commenting on the machine, Ayrefield Plant's director Peter Messham said, “We've had the 750 for a couple of months now and it's proving to be a highly effective piece of kit, capable of working safely even on very confined sites such as the one in Bury.”
The Avant is working almost continuously on this site, mainly loading dumpers with sand and handling a variety of products such as pallets of flagstones and kerbs. In fact, Mr. Messham is so pleased with the little green machine's performance that he is now considering the purchase of additional attachments to further enhance its outstanding versatility to make full use of the 750's auxiliary hydraulic system which offers an oil flow of up to 70 litre/min.
Avant's flagship model, which weighs in at 1720 kg, is powered by 4-cylinder Kubota diesel engine developing 36 kW (49 hp) and can handle loads of up to 1.4 tonne. With its 2-speed hydrostatic transmission providing a top speed of 25 kph, the 750 is perfect for jobs where longer travel distances are involved.
The operator is accommodated in an easy to access cab positioned on the front portion of the articulated chassis and, because of the machine's off-set boom, the driver has an unrestricted view of the front end equipment to ensure confidence-building, accurate and safe operation at all times.
As standard, the 750 features a comprehensive specification including a telescopic self-levelling lift arm with boom float system, heated suspension seat with arm rests and seat belt, ROPS safety frame with plexiglass canopy, a choice of grass or tractor profile tyres, multifunction joystick and a standard bucket.