The current demands of the earthmoving industry are placing increased pressure and responsibility on the equipment manufacturer. Coupled with government regulations, this presents a new set of standards to which the manufacturer must conform. This presents a formidable challenge to everyone involved in this field of endeavor. This paper discusses the effects of these factors on the design and development of a large earthmoving machine, the 675 front-end loader. The 675 is a large loader, built for heavy-duty work, that has high standards of maintenance, performance, and safety. This paper points out the features built into this machine to meet the growing demands for these qualities.