Austrian-based Neuson was formed in 1981 when two hydraulic component manufacturers – Neuntefel and Denison – merged to create Neuson.

Neuson production has historically been geared toward the construction market, manufacturing tracked excavators and dumpers.

More recently the firm has turned its attentions towards the agricultural sector through the merger with German materials handler manufacturer Kramer – and hence becoming Neuson-Kramer – in 2000.

Recently the firm further bolstered its agricultural connection and announced an agreement to build telescopic loaders for Claas.

Now the firm has announced the launch of its first skid-steer loader.

Although it’s mainly known as a construction machine, it does have agricultural uses.

Neuson-Kramer only kick-started its interest in the skid-steer loader section two years ago through an agreement with Derbyshire based Belle Engineering.

The group purchased the manufacturing rights from Bell who had been working on a skid-steer loader concept for some time.

Out of this agreement the firm has launched two skid-steer loaders which are based on the Belle development work – although Neuson-Kramer claims to have carried out significant improvements to the machine design.

neuson 1The smaller of the new machines is dubbed the 501, has a 510kg lift capacity and features the firm’s Quadrostatic drive system.

Put simply, this is a chainless drive system that uses hydraulic motors and gearboxes on each of the four wheels, allowing for a better ground clearance than conventional chain drive designs, according to the company.

The 501 is fully controlled from the two arm-rest levers and features no drive pedals.

Power is supplied from a three-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine producing 36hp.

Neuson-Kramer also launched a larger machine dubbed the 701 which has a payload of 680kg.

The 701 also uses the chainless drive system but has a larger four-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine producing 46hp.

The 701 also features a foot throttle that can be used to accelerate the machine rather than having the engine rpm set at a constant level on the normal hand throttle.

As an option the firm offers an SP version of the 701 skid-steer, which uses a larger 52hp diesel engine to boost the hydraulic performance from the basic 62-litres per minute to 115-litres per minute.

Neuson-Kramer will launch two larger machines next year which will be 100% home grown.

fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk