Wheel loaders are ideal for various light-duty to heavy-duty earthmoving tasks such as transporting, loading and clearing materials. Wheel loaders, also known as front-end loaders, offer roomy, high-visibility cabs for reduced operator fatigue and unmatched productivity. Easy fingertip controls, power steering and automatic transmission all allow for precise equipment operation. Front-end loaders are versatile machines used to pile debris into dump trucks and move loose materials such as rocks, dirt, wood chips, snow and feed. Popular on construction sites, they feature a suspended bucket on two hydraulic arms that can be fitted with other attachments for different tasks. Before you rent, review the basics of how to operate a front-end loader in our Project Uptime article.
Wheel loaders are one of the most versatile types of earthmoving equipment. With optional attachments such as buckets, rakes, pipe carriages, forks and extendable booms, you can reach higher, lift larger loads or transport pipes and conduit.
Learn more about wheel loaders in our FAQs below.
Multiple manufacturers have created smaller versions of their equipment. There are now mini excavators, compact backhoes and compact wheel loaders. While they may not always have “compact” in their name, typically a “compact” earthmoving machine has a bucket that can hold less than 3 cubic yards of material.
A wheel loader is typically used to move materials across a jobsite. These can be loose materials like soil, gravel or wood chips. Wheel loaders can also move bagged feed, concrete or other large objects.
United Rentals offers optional attachments for wheel loaders in our Earthmoving Attachments section. We have fork attachments, extendable booms and pipe carriages for wheel loaders to make them the most versatile earthmoving equipment.