Considering buying a LiuGong Skid Steer For Sale? Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions and the two models sold in North America in 2022:
What is a LiuGong Skid Steer?
LiuGong is the short name of the Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co., Ltd. LiuGong is a Chinese heavy equipment manufacturing company, with headquarters in Liuzhou, China. By market share, it is the tenth-largest manufacturer of construction equipment in the world, and the largest manufacturer of wheel-loaders in the world.
A skid steer machine, sometimes called a “bobcat” after a prominent manufacturer, is a heavy machine used in construction, agriculture or landscaping. Skid steer machines can be found in both wheeled and tracked varieties. A tracked skid steer is sometimes called a compact track loader. The name “skid steer” arises from the fact that the front wheels on a machine are fixed in the forward direction, and do not turn. A skid steer machine is turned by applying differential power to each side of the machine, pulling it in one direction or the other.
Wheeled varieties are generally quieter, lighter, and more efficient. Tracked models are more agile in sand or mud, and less likely to bog down. Tracked machines are also more stable on slopes and less likely to roll or tumble down inclines. Tracked machines are heavier than wheeled machines of the same capacity.
The company only advertises two skid steer or compact track loader machines, the LiuGong 385B wheeled skid steer and the LiuGong 388B compact track loader. Unlike many companies, LiuGong does not make a mini skid steer machine. The company offers a wide range of attachments that can handle a variety of construction, excavation and landscaping jobs.
The company was founded in 1958. It has expanded since that time to have subsidiaries in Africa, Australia, Brazil, India, Singapore, and Poland. Its American subsidiary is located in Houston, Texas. The company has 380 dealers and over 2000 sales outlets. The sales network is supported by a service network and 10 parts depots located around the globe.
In April, 2022, the company announced a new financing division for North America, enabling dealers to offer financing for customers purchasing both LiuGong brand machines, and non-competing equipment by other manufacturers. The program will be available both to retail machine purchasers, and rental fleet buyers. Retail financing choices will include FMV financing, equipment loans, and custom financing. Rental financing options will include rental equipment loan and custom loan products.
What Skid Steers Does LiuGong Make?
LiuGong Track Skid Steer
Horsepower: 94 hp Perkins
Rated Operating Capacity: 3,300 pounds
Operating Weight: 11,442 pounds
LiuGong Wheel Skid Steer
Horsepower: 72 hp Yanmar diesel engine
Rated Operating Capacity: 2,299 pounds
Operating Weight: 8,250 pounds
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Who makes LiuGong equipment?
LiuGong equipment is made by the LiuGong company, based in Liuzhou, China. The company maintains regional offices around the world, including the North American office in Houston, Texas.
How long do LiuGong Skid Steers last?
LiuGong designs its equipment for use in rough and adverse conditions and the LiuGong skid steers fall into that category. The 385B and 388B are designed to be easy to maintain, and should give many hours of satisfactory service in virtually any role. The undercarriage of the tracked 388B is made of solid steel, and the track treads are built especially for use on difficult terrain.
The company has an extensive network of dealers and sales offices, together with a service network that can enable users to maintain and repair their equipment quickly and efficiently. The parts depots for North America are located in Katy, Texas and Mexico City.
The company offers a three-year, 4,000 hour warranty on its machines. An extended five-year, 7,000 hour warranty on the power train and hydraulics can be purchased for equipment.
What’s the most powerful LiuGong Skid Steer?
The tracked LiuGong 388B is the more powerful of the two skid steer machines offered by the company. It has a 94 horsepower engine, and can move up to 3,300 pounds.
How much does a LiuGong skid steer cost?
[I have not been able to find a used LiuGong skid steer for sale in the United States, though I did find one in Boko, Guinea, and a couple of them in Shanghai.]
Where are LiuGong skid steers made?
LiuGong skid steers are made in the company’s factories in China.
What engine is in a Liugong Skid Steer?
The wheeled LiuGong 385B comes equipped with a 72 hp Yanmar engine. The tracked LiuGong 388B is equipped with a 94 hp. Perkins engine. In October, 2011, LiuGong and Cummins entered a contract to produce a midrange engine in China for use in LiuGong and other Chinese machine construction.