Giant beefs up small skid-steer range

Small loader specialist Giant has updated its range of skid-steer loaders to offer some heftier hydraulics and a wider range of attachments, while still having a compact length of just 1.3m.

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The chassis and engine options are unchanged from previous models with power from either Honda or Kubota power plants, developing 21 to 25hp.

However, the real changes are felt beneath the paintwork, with a new valve block offering precise control of implements and a larger 35 litres/min hydraulic pump, along with some bigger Parker hydro wheel motors.

A new operator platform has been added, which is simple to fold away for transport. An optional brake can be added to the skids so the machine gradually slows once a lever is released.

Along with the new braking system, options include quick-release hydraulic coupling so switching implements is swift, with a lift height of 2.1m still possible.

Hydraulic attachments such as sweepers or mowers will benefit from an optional double gear pump for increased oil flow. For work inside buildings and around animals, the two diesel variants can have an integrated diesel particulate filter, which can reduce emissions by more than 90%, says the firm.