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Gas or Diesel Loader – Which is the right one for you?

Digga IT February 10, 2020

Not sure which loader is the right one for you? We often get asked, what is better – a gas or diesel loader?

Whether you choose gas or diesel, really depends on your individual application. Generally, before buying your compact loader and deciding which engine is the right choice, you should really take some time to ask yourself the following questions:

What type of fleet do you currently operate – Gas or Diesel loaders?

You may want to stick with the fuel that’s most readily available – or common to your fleet. If you currently operate all gas-powered or diesel-powered equipment, you may prefer to expand your fleet with the same-fuel machine. Also, consider the availability of diesel in your area, and your degree of familiarity using the fuel.

What is your typical work environment?

  • When working in a high-altitude area, a diesel engine may be a better fit. Gasoline engines can run a richer air/fuel combination due to less oxygen in the air at high altitudes. The difference in air density provides lower combustion temperature and pressure, resulting in reduced horsepower.
  • In tight spaces, wheeled Kanga loaders improve manoeuvrability due to their short wheelbase design, which also allows for easy negotiation of mounds, curbs, and rough terrain.
  • When travelling over long distances, the Kanga’s operator safety cell, ergonomic controls, and internal bump protection allow increased operator comfort, safety, and minimize hand and arm fatigue.

What attachments will you typically operate?

  • Compare a compact loader’s hydraulic system and flow (expressed as ‘liters per minute’) with the net horsepower it will provide attachments. A diesel engine will deliver more torque, giving you increased pulling/digging force when using attachments in very aggressive, harder ground conditions.
  • If you are primarily moving materials (e.g. mulch, rock, pallets, or carrying supplies to your job site), a gasoline machine may be your best choice. You’ll be operating the unit for shorter periods of time, and will not require the torque efficiencies of a diesel engine.

What is your life expectancy of the compact loader?

Diesel engines function on compression ignition (as opposed to spark ignition), which creates less stress on components. As a result, they tend to last longer than spark-ignition engines under equivalent duty. This factor helps justify the higher up-front cost of diesel loaders. Diesel engines are known for their durability and reliability.

Fuel Usage per hour of operation

Diesel is less volatile than gasoline, and thus needs higher compression and special heating elements in the combustion chamber to make cold starts possible. Once it’s up and running though, a diesel engine is extremely economical and will use around 30 per cent less fuel than a comparable gasoline unit.

Who will service your machine?

Consider the availability of gas or diesel mechanics who can service your equipment.

What is your climate?

Operating a diesel machine in cold weather requires certain precautions. For example using the correct diesel fuel type, and preheating the system to ensure the engine starts properly. In addition, you must maintain a 50/50 water/anti-freeze ratio in the radiator to prevent the engine block from cracking.

Experienced or novice users?

The entire range of Kanga models can make inexperienced users comfortable and productive. And that in a matter of minutes with attention given to the ergonomics of the soft-touch control system. The system ensures the operators’ hands remain on the reference bars at all times.

Ease of service

Both gas and diesel loaders can be serviced easily. Diesel engines tend to have extended service intervals versus gasoline.

Re-Sale Value

Diesel powered loaders, as a rule, would hold a better re-sale value than a gas loader, and is something to be considered upon purchase.

Which machine is right for you – Gas or Diesel loader?

To provide you with the ‘best fit’ equipment that will make you more productive and profitable, Kanga offers a variety of models in compact loaders. Ultimately, the choice depends on your needs as the operator. Our sales representative can assist you in determining which Kanga suits you best. Which model, tracked or wheeled, diesel or gas powered, will deliver the best performance, and allow you to make an informed decision.

Want to see our range of compact utility loaders? Then click here.

Got questions? Phone us on 833 30 KANGA (833 305 2642), or send us a message on our Facebook Page @KangaLoaders!

1 reply on “Gas or Diesel Loader – Which is the right one for you?”

[…] Generally, the frequency of use will determine your power options. Gas compact loaders attract the lowest upfront cost, however for those putting big hours on the machine find that the diesel is the cheapest option in the long run. Our sales reps have a handy guide that helps you determine which mini skid steer loader is best for the hours you plan to put on the mini loader. A more detailed comparison of the two engine types can be found here. […]

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