New Holland Construction debuted its new skid-steer and compact track loader lines at the National Farm Machinery Show. It was the first time the construction division appeared at the show, and it did so to introduce its new customer-driven products to the farm market.

New Holland has been in the skid-steer loader business since 1972. Its unveiling of the new 200 series with seven skid-steer loader models is one of its biggest introductions since then. It also introduced three new compact track loader models.

Dave December, marketing manager, says New Holland Construction spent five years surveying and interviewing customers and then redesigning the loaders to meet customer needs. The company learned customer requests for loaders include easy maintenance; few work disruptions; stability; visibility in critical areas; a well-sealed cab; the ability to run all day on one tank of fuel; higher lift and more reach on the boom; the latest attachments and hydraulics; and start in cold climates.

New Holland incorporated the customer requests into the all-new machines. December says the changes fall into these four key areas:

Super Boom
The Super Boom lift linkage provides extra forward dump height and reach. As a result, the loaders can easily load material into the center of trucks, and the bucket with a 53° angle dumps material quickly. A self-leveling bucket feature included on five Super Boom models lets attachments maintain a preset location during a lift cycle. The benefit of this feature is that workers can work quickly and efficiently.

Machine stability
New Holland increased the wheelbase of the new loader models; they now have the longest wheelbase in the industry. The new models also feature a low center of gravity.

Comfort and visibility
New Holland redesigned the cab to increase operator comfort and visibility. The foot well is flat for comfort. The cab was widened to increase room for the operator; it has more head, shoulder and leg room now. The controls are easy to grasp and operate. An air-ride heated seat is an option. A new rear window and an ultra-thin screen protection system provide superior visibility.

Serviceability
“If service is easy, then it gets done,” December says. The company grouped the ground-level maintenance points together with easy access through a back door on the machine. A service technician can easily gain access to the major components. Only two nuts and washers are removed to tilt the cab forward for servicing.

The five new skid-steer loader models with the Super Boom are the L218, L220, L223, L225 and L230. They range from 57 to 83 hp. Two new radial lift models are the L213 and L215 with 43 and 49 hp, repectively. Prices range from $20,000 to mid-$50,000 for a fully equipped L230 model.

The new compact track loaders include two Super Boom models: the C232 and C238 rated at 76 and 84 hp, respectively. A new compact track model with radial lift is the C227 with 70 hp. Prices for the track models range from about $30,000 to $60,000.

For more information, visit www.newholland.com/200series.