The Toro Co.'s newest addition to its compact utility loader (CUL) lineup is the Toro Dingo TX 1000, which is the strongest member of the family with a rated operating capacity exceeding 1000 lb (455 kg) .
When the loader arms are fully extended, the hinge pin measures 81 in (2060 mm) from the ground, allowing the TX 1000 to easily reach over the side of dumpsters and one-ton trucks for maximum jobsite productivity. Its vertical lift loader arm design is also unique in CUL category. Unlike radial lift arms, the TX 1000 lift arms follow a vertical consistent path up to full height. It keeps the load closer to the machine to allow operators to lift more weight while being able to better gauge load tolerances. The lift arm feature also increases the reach at full height to make dumping more efficient. The vertical path of the lift arms is particularly useful in applications with the auger or concrete breaker.
Another exclusive feature on the new TX 1000 is the weight-to-power ratio. The narrow-track model is 2610 lb (1184 kg), and wide-track is 2790 lb (1266 kg) and can lift more than any CUL in the category with a capacity up to 1075 lb (490 kg). The Kevlar-reinforced track provides for increased traction but with a ground pressure that does not tear up terrain.
Toro says its exclusive traction control design is intuitive and effortless for operator productivity. Other operator-centric features have been engineered into the new TX 1000, including thigh and hip padding on the operator station for a more comfortable experience and an auxiliary foot control integrated into the suspended platform maintains hydraulic flow into the attachment and frees the operator’s hands to focus on ground speed and attachment positioning.
In terms of productivity, the Tier 4 Kubota D1305 liquid-cooled, diesel engine offers 24 gross hp (18 kW) at 2600 rpm with increased displacement and high torque. The machine also is equipped with dual fuel tanks to reduce downtime in the field. Other features include an easily accessible engine for routine maintenance tasks, a belt-free design to minimize maintenance, and ground speeds of 4.7 mph (7.5 km/h) in both forward and reverse. A low-maintenance track tensioning system makes it easy to adjust and remove tracks.
Overall, the Dingo family consists of nine different models, and are available wheeled or tracked, and either gas or diesel.Continue reading »