The wheel loader is a mainstay for many types of construction projects. Wheel loaders are used to lift and load just about any type of material found on a job site—construction materials, asphalt, demolition debris, gravel, rock, sand, wood chips, to mention a few—onto another type of machinery. The machine’s applications extend beyond construction, as it is also used in agriculture, mining, landscaping, and snow removal. The diversity of applications reflects the range of horsepower and bucket sizes: Low power models, 80 horsepower or less, are considered compact machines, while higher power models, greater than 80 and up to 2,000 horsepower, are considered standard machines. Bucket sizes range from 1 - 20 cubic yards. Small and mid-sized models are often equipped with attachments such as grapples and forks for specific applications. Thus, wheel loaders are well-suited to work in an extensive range of construction and some non-construction settings.
In this report, we analyze key developments in the North American wheel loader market, including our estimates and analysis of sales and production for the last five years. We also examine regional sales, end-user applications, market and technological trends, and estimates of imports and exports and the overall field population. A five-year forecast of sales and production is included, as well as company profiles of market participants. A table is provided at the end of the report listing OEMs’ models and specifications. The table below, summarizes the report’s key conclusions. The table provides separate data for compact models (<80 hp) and standard machines (>80 hp).
With two years of respectable growth for both compact and standard wheel loaders, we estimate the market value increased to $x,xxx million (at wholesale prices), a gain of x percent over our last report two years ago. Standard sales increased from x units in 2017 to xx,375 units in 2018, a xx percent increase.