Building on its 54 year history in the front-end loader market, family owned and run French manufacturer MX is now into its third generation. And, despite the popularity of telehandlers the firm is determined there is still a place in the market for tractor-mounted loaders.
To suit its every day users and those looking for more advanced features, the firm has added a new economy A Series and updated its mid-range universal U Series loaders, and launched a new top of the range control system.
Aiming to fill a gap between its U and compact C Series loaders, MX has added the A Series to its portfolio. Comprising three mechanical self-levelling models, the range is suited to tractors with 80-140hp, and offers lift capacities from 1,300kg to 1,700kg (measured at 600mm from headstock), with maximum heights from 3.5m to 4m to pivot pins.
Designed for the less-intensive user, the A features the firm’s manually latched FitLock 2M locking pins, which mount to the same brackets as its larger U Series. Headstocks include Euro or MX brackets with mechanical locking, and control options are the same as larger U Series loaders.
Following user feedback, the firm has updated its mid-capacity U Series loaders.
Now it its fourth generation, the range now comprises 14 models thanks to the addition of five new ‘+’ models, which effectively see larger lifting cylinders fitted to offer increased lift capacity. The firm says this suits customers wanting more lift without the same need for reach or lift height.
Along with this, the firm has tidied up the loader by routing all hydraulic pipework and electrical cables inside its frame, and parking stands are now integrated under the loader’s arm. Standard control is via the firm’s EcoPilot cable control, with the option of ProPilot which benefits from MX’s Mach quick-coupling to the loader, with a further option of its FlexPilot low-pressure hydraulic control.
Of the 14 models, 10 models boast mechanical self-levelling. Capacities for the U400 Series, which is suited to tractors from 40-220hp, range from 3.5m to 4.5m lifting heights, with weights from 850kg to 2,100kg (measured at 600mm from headstock). Prices start from about £5,710, depending on brackets required.
Available only on its top of the range T Series loaders, ePilot replaces the firm’s previous TechPilot electronic control system. Despite using the same ergonomic stick as the firm’s other control options, ePilot sees another proportional controller reside under your thumb on top of the stick, looking after 3rd/4th hydraulic functions, and its new advanced controls.
The first Auto-Unload system sees the implement crowded forward and auxiliary spool worked at the same time to open a grab, for example, done by moving the stick in only one direction. The second Auto-Level function sees the stick pulled back, which returns the implement to its horizontal position. While they may only seem small functions, when loading trailers, spreaders or mixer wagons on a regular basis, they should help reduce the operator’s workload.
Other functions of ePilot include being able to restrict implement dump speed and auxiliary flow rates by the push of a button. MX says further functions are being developed.
As a £1,500 option, MX says ePilot carries a lower cost than its previous TechPilot system.