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Avant Tecno’s new wheeled loader is Tier 4 final-compliant
BY JACK BURKE
Avant Tecno USA has released its first Environmental Pro- tection Agency (EPA) Tier 4
final-compliant multipurpose articulated loader.
The Avant 760i is also the largest
member of the company’s wheeled
loader line, said Jani Kakela, vice president of marketing for Avant Tecno
USA. The company, which is based
in Arlington Heights, Ill., is the U.S.
division of the Finnish company Avant
Tecno Oy, a designer and manufacturer of compact multi-functional wheeled
loaders and attachments. The company
began operations in the U.S. in 2012.
The new loader offers nearly 20%
more power and 40% more torque
than the company’s next largest
machine, the Avant 750, Kakela said.
The new machine is also about 20%
more fuel efficient.
Kakela said Avant Tecno worked
closely with Kohler Engines in the development of the loader. The machine
incorporates Kohler’s 57 hp KDI1093
TCR diesel engine. Kohler’s engine
technology relies in part on using a
high-pressure common rail (HPCR)
fuel injection system that achieves
Kakela said Kohler’s ability to
achieve Tier 4 final compliance without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or the use of diesel exhaust
fluid (DEF) helps make the Avant 760i
easier to operate and maintain.
“It is very, very simple for the end
user,” he said. “The end user only
needs to put diesel in the tank and he’s
good to go.”
And although the Avant 760i was
designed for the North American mar-
ket, Kakela said the machine has
gotten a strong reception in Europe
because of the engine’s efficiency,
power and torque curve.
Machine propulsion is through a
Poclain hydrostatic drive system that
consists of a main pump driven off
the engine powering motors at each
wheel for four-wheel drive.
A 21 gpm auxiliary hydraulic system, which utilizes Bondioli & Pavesi
hydraulic pumps driven off a hydraulic
pump drive, powers the 760i’s working
functions. The hydraulic system also
incorporates Parker hoses and filters.
The machine can accept more than
100 attachments, which enables it to
be used year-round, said Jukka Lyly-Yrjanainen, president of Avant Tecno
USA. Market segments include snow
removal, landscaping, tree removal,
municipal fleets, farming and rental.
The Avant 760i, which was introduced last year has a top speed of
18. 5 mph and a lifting height of 122
in. The machine has a tipping load of
3100 lb. and maximum breakout force
at 20 in. of 3750 lb. Without attachments, the machine is 121.3 in. long,
55. 1 in. wide, 83.1 in. high and weighs
Avant Tecno Oy, which was founded
in 1991, manufactures its products at its
world headquarters in Ylöjärvi, Finland.
In addition, Avant has its subsidiary
sales offices in Germany and in the UK.
Elsewhere in the world, Avants are sold
through an importer-dealer network.
Lyly-Yrjanainen said the new
machine, which went into production
this past summer, would help Avant
continue its growth in North America.
The company has nearly 70 dealerships — mostly in the Midwest.
“We see great opportunity in this
market,” Lyly-Yrjanainen said. “We
have something unique to offer that is
not traditionally presented here and we
are learning more and more about the
potential (here). Customers are starting
to call us instead of us trying to reach
them, so I think we are doing what we
were coming to do here.” dp
The Avant 760i is the first Tier 4 final-compliant multipurpose articulated loader from Avant
Tecno USA. The machine is powered by Kohler’s 57 hp KDI1093 TCR diesel engine.