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Liugong anyone?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by kagenewengland, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. kagenewengland

    kagenewengland Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Just purchased 2 brand new Liugong loaders. The price was the only driving factor other than that I know nothing about Liugong. They manufacture the most front end loaders in the world and own Cummins and ZF. Any one else own a Liugong and do they work for your application?
     
  2. exclusive

    exclusive Member
    Messages: 91

    what size did you get and if you dont mind me asking how much i was also looking in to them thanks
     
  3. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Sounds like the Koreans have you buffaloed.
     
  4. kagenewengland

    kagenewengland Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Liugong

    They are 30,000 lb machines. Volvo style couplers Cummins engine, ZF axles, Kawasaki pumps for $85,000 each (left overs on clearance). I currently own 13 John Deers and @ half the price I wonder if the CHINESE have me "buffaloed" or if I have been "buffaloed" all along. Time will tell.
     
  5. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    They have you buffaloed if you think they own Cummins or ZF. My guess is either of these co could buy Liugong with cash on hand.
     
  6. StuveCorp

    StuveCorp Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    Let me say that I have not ran one yet but I still am very leery of them. It's nice that they are using 'name' brand components but that doesn't guarantee anything. Probably a big thing would be for warranty issues? Is the dealer going to take care of issues or is it a tail-light warranty? Re-sale is going to be in the toilet but you didn't pay as much so that can balance out maybe?

    Would you mind throwing up some pictures? How did you feel it was compared performancewise to the JD machines you have? How is the comfort of the cab?

    I guess time will tell. I wouldn't be surprised in 10-20 years that they become a viable option?
     
  7. kagenewengland

    kagenewengland Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    I don't know much being as the machines are currently in Texas in transit to the North East. You can look up the specs and pictures on there website the models are 835 III tc. From a picture they look comfartable and ergonomic. From what little info i can find they seem to perform among or better than the others. As far as resale I believe I am in better shape even if I get half of what I paid. You are wright to be concerned with service. The salesman assures me there service is "awesome". I will say deere provided unbelievable service including loaners and extensions over warranty, but even @ that is it really worth the premium?
     
  8. StuveCorp

    StuveCorp Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I hope it works out. I do think that is a valid point, spending 85,000 compared to what 140,000+? Loaders for snow generally don't rack up that many hours(unfortunately...) so say in 5 years the loaders are worth half at the worst case with very low hours on them? Or run them in to the ground hopefully getting 10-15 years plus?

    I personally would be more comfortable with a couple year old Case or Volvo with lots of hours but that's just me and what I would want to run. I'll check out the website.
     
  9. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    They're big over seas. That's about all I know. Personally, I'd stick with Cat, Deere, Case, etc...
     
  10. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,958

    I was talking to our parts guy who works for a dealer who sells them. His words......junk. they were breaking welds and bending main components on the frames. Yes there big overseas but so is cat. Keep us updated as to what's going on with them
     
  11. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    My guess is they're big overseas because they don't have the stiff safety measures and regulations we have here. That would explain why the welds and framing members fail regularly.
     
  12. mikes-plow

    mikes-plow Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    That was my take on them as well! I have looked at their excavators before and they look just like a cat.
     
  13. StuveCorp

    StuveCorp Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    Any updates on the loaders? Or some pics with some Kages?
     
  14. kagenewengland

    kagenewengland Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    We have not picked them up from the dealer. They are all lettered up waiting to go. We have since purchased a Liugong skid steer and are most likely going to pick up 2 more loaders (probably bigger). We are considering every ones advise to go with brand names currently popular in the U.S. market, but are still on the fence because the economics are hard to justify. We do have 14' Kage attachment's but will most likely not use them because these machines will be used for loading trucks and snow melters. If we can teach our old time truck driver how to use a digital camera and upload pictures we will send pictures when he moves the machines.
     
  15. snowmaster

    snowmaster Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Any updates? How did they work out?
     
  16. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    training old time truck drivers takes time
     
  17. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,163

    I was on a tour of China just over a year ago, they do not make a small number of these and the plant is huge.
    Just about everything they make looks like a copy of something here. I bought 3 rollex for $5.
     
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,854

    First off, holy old threads brought back to life batman.

    We're overseas......:confused:

    What? I find this hard to believe. WallyWorld only sells the highest priced junk from China.

    I hope the OP was buying 2 so he had a backup when the first one broke.
     
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,854

    Liugong bought out Rolex too?

    Cummins, ZF and now Rolex, I wonder what will be next.
     
  20. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,163

    Now it's Rorex...