Capital Area Mopar’s bring you informative information on construction vehicles that are used every day. Today, one of the heavy-duty equipment and vehicles that we want to talk about are Loaders. The chances are that although you are unsure of the official name of these vehicles, you have seen them in use before many times for a variety of roles and functions. A loader is actually a heavy equipment machine that is used to move aside raw and heavy materials that are otherwise difficult to move, such as Snow, Dirt, Grave, Minerals, Logs, Sand, Rock and any other heavy raw materials. Some of the materials that are transported can also be used to be transported on other vehicles, and the loader is the perfect equipment for those situations. There are many other names for loaders (usually named after their function) such as the scoop, shovel, skip loader, front loader, bucket loader and even the wheel loader.
The loader in itself is a tractor that is used to scoop materials that are on the floor, but there are other uses for it. The loader itself however is commonly used to scoop materials for the stockpiling of the same materials on a ground level, and deposit it either above or below, or on another vehicle entirely. That is why you would often see them on construction sites for renovations, new builds and demolitions, since the transport of such materials would take much longer without the loader itself. One of the more interesting features of the loader as a vehicle is that it can be manually removed and reassembled, so the bucket can be replaced with something else that may be more necessary. Some decide to add a scoop or mount a fork to the front of the loader for the transportation of more fragile goods, while other equipment like a blade can be used for the destruction of materials or property.
Other uses of a Loader
There are other uses for the loader that I have yet to discuss, such as the laying of pipe, clearing of rubble and even for digging purposes within mines and quarries. The issue with using a loader as a digging device is that it cannot reach as low within the ground as other vehicles are able to, making it inefficient. But it is still fit for purpose. Loaders themselves aren’t even tracked (although there are vehicles that are known as tracking loaders), meaning that they are more protected with conditions that would damage other tyres.
Often loaders have been used in Canada and the United States as a large, fit for purpose snow plough or blower. The weight and strength of a loader allows it to push or carry large amounts of snow with ease, and is much more effective than doing so manually. But they can also fit areas that are too small for more heavy-duty equipment. Finally, others use a very heavily armoured version of the wheel loader for when the situation or environment is more dangerous than others. It will protect against anything from rocks to Molotov cocktails.