Aug 27, 2014

Three new models added to the innovative R Series Skid Loader lineup

  R135 R150 R165
Height to Hinge Pin – Fully Raised (mm)  109.6" (2784) 119" (3023) 119" (3023)
Gross Power (kW) @ rpm 46.3 hp (34.5) 46.3 hp (34.5) 69.9 hp (52)
Rated Operating CapacityA (kg) 1,350 lbs. (612) 1,500 lbs. (680) 1,650 lbs. (748)
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional CounterweightA (kg) 1,500 lbs. (680) 1,650 lbs. (748) 1,800 lbs. (816.5)
Operating WeightB - Approximate (kg) 5,130 lbs. (2327) 5,930 lbs. (2690) 6,165 lbs. (2796)

A. per SAE J818, SAE J732 and ISO 14397
B. unit weight with standard bucket, 175 lbs. (79 kg) operator and full fuel tank

Gehl is proud to announce the all-new mid-frame R Series Radial-Lift Skid Loaders. These include three new models – a brand new addition to the line – the R150, with 1,500 lbs. (680 kg) capacity, the R135 (replacing the 4240E), and the R165 (replacing the 4640E Power2). These skid loaders feature an all-new operator station with an integrated digital display, new load arm design with increased visibility, Yanmar-powered Tier IV engines and several serviceability enhancements.

The R135, R150 and R165 radial-lift skid loaders fall into the mid-frame category, bringing unparalleled versatility to the jobsite. When equipped with optional counterweights, the rated operating capacities range from 1,500 lbs. (680 kg) on the R135 to 1,800 lbs. (816.5 kg) on the R165. Lift heights reach up to 119” (3023 mm) on the R150 and R165.

These mid-size skid loaders come equipped with emissions compliant Tier IV Yanmar engines that incorporate DPF (diesel particulate filter) technology. This engine technology is environmentally sound and does not require fuel after-treatments, such as urea. With maximum torque ratings from 107.8 ft.-lbs. (146 Nm) on the R135 and R150 to 178 ft.-lbs. (241 Nm) on the R165, these machines are equipped with the power needed to tackle demanding jobs.

The new R Series skid loaders feature standard proportional auxiliary hydraulics for maximum precision and infinitely adjustable flow control. Achieve flow rates from 17 gpm (64.4 L/min) on the R135 and R150 to 18.9 gpm (71.4 L/min) on the R165. Impressive breakout forces deliver optimal digging and lifting performance. Faster cycle times further enhance productivity on the jobsite. Pressure-relieving hydraulic couplers make attachment changes simple and safe.

The state-of-the-art operator’s compartment on the new R Series skid loaders leaves little to be desired. A front-lifting restraint bar and armrests with multiple adjustments enhance operator comfort and safety. The mechanical or air-ride suspension seat options deliver outstanding comfort. Creature comforts - such as automatic dome light, cup holder, 12-volt outlet, storage tray and multiple air vents – come standard on these intuitive loaders. A cab-forward design and lowered rear towers deliver unmatched visibility to the bucket edge and rear of the machine. The optional pressurized cab enclosure, with sound reduction material and a rear-mounted air filter, provides a cleaner, quieter, climate-controlled working environment.

Controllability and ease of use are part of the package on the new R Series skid loaders. Customize your skid loader with three control options; T-bar, hand/foot, and joystick (R165 only). Auxiliary hydraulic controls are located on the joystick in all configurations for easy access. A fully-customizable digital color display provides coolant, fuel, battery, environmental, engine regeneration information and other features in real time.

Excellent service access is achieved on the R Series models through the extra-wide rear door and engine hood. A swing out rear door and new swing out cooler provide unparalleled access to filter, fluid reservoirs and the engine bay area.The level II FOPS structure tilts back with the aid of gas springs, providing easy internal access to the pumps, hydraulic valve bank and drive motors. A safety restraint holds the ROPS/FOPS structure in the raised position. Release of the safety restraint is made easy with a new pull cord. Plus, all high-rotation pins have grease points for ease of maintenance and quiet operation.

These exciting new R Series skid loaders also include many other features such as the manual Quick-a-Tach™ or hydraulic Power-a-Tach™ attachment systems, HydraGlide™ ride control and the Hydraloc™ safety system. A variety of options and attachments allow the user to customize the machine to their needs.

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Gehl R Series skid loaders are available in Canada and North America. These new mid-frame skid loaders are popular among agriculturalists, contractors, landscapers, and excavation companies due to their excellent ground engaging capabilities and maneuverability. Rental businesses will also benefit from the versatile nature of the new R Series skid loaders.

“The design of the new Gehl R Series skid loaders is a result of over 40 years of market experience and extensive feedback from loyal Gehl equipment owners,” says Brian Rabe, Gehl Manager of Product Development. “Gehl focused on customer voice and market expectations when designing this new line of skid loaders. This research resulted in a variety of machine upgrades and the addition of a 1,500 lbs. capacity (680 kg) loader with 46.3 hp (34.5 kW), which we were pleased to bring to life with the R150. To guarantee emissions compliance, our engineers chose the engine technology that was best suited to the Gehl skid loader line and the applications they excel in.”

Media Contact

Lori Heidecker
Marketing Director, Americas

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