CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Amrep has debuted a new ultra-heavy-duty front-end loader made from Hardox steel and featuring a corrosion- and rust-resistant undercarriage, to ensure extreme durability in handling heavier loads and standing up to the rigors of the eastern market.
The new FEL, which offers greater lifting capacity and greater wear capacity, will help round out Amrep’s offerings in the East Coast market, where heavier loads are commonplace.
Amrep is the first refuse truck manufacturer using Hardox 450 wear plate 175,000 psi high tensile steel in the entire body shell, including rear door, hopper and body floor and packer wear plate, and currently the only manufacturer offering ¼” Hardox in the hopper floor, making this FEL the toughest wearing product on the market today.
In addition to durability, the new FEL was designed with easy serviceability and increased productivity in mind. Its heavy-duty bolt-on 10,000-lb. arms, forks, cross shafts and bearing assemblies allow for easier replacement than welded-on styles, while its standard body service hoist allows the chassis frame/underside of the body to be serviced without the need for additional equipment.
The unit’s externally-mounted valving, pneumatics and electronics offer easy repair access. Its multiplex electrical system reduces excessive wiring harnesses and onboard diagnostics ensure quicker diagnostic times.
The new FEL’s safety features include rear door safety props for servicing, a PTO overspeed cut-out and an Amrep standard fork-over-height seven miles per hour throttle cut-out that will not allow operators to go over seven miles per hour with the forks over legal height.
“Amrep introduced this truck to increase its product offerings in eastern states, which have higher allowable payloads requiring greater lifting capacity and greater wear capacity,” said Eric Mattson, Amrep vice-president and general manager.
“However, rather than creating a ‘me-too’ product, Amrep has raised the bar by offering the industry’s first FEL body, with the entire body shell and rear door made from Hardox steel, to ensure longer-service life. Most importantly, increasing our East Coast product suite will offer more supplier choices to haulers, giving them a chance to experience Amrep’s high quality products and unsurpassed personal service first-hand.”
The FEL features an 11-yard hopper with a hydraulic cover and three-stage cross mounted packing cylinders and full push out ejection. Street and curbside sump clean outs help to channel and drain liquid, keeping it away from chassis and body components, reducing deterioration and wear.
While the FEL is primarily intended for commercial use, it can easily be converted for residential applications. It integrates with CNG and other alternative fuel chassis with no body changes required.