Why choose a Barko Loader?
Whether being used for forestry, scrap, utility, construction or other industrial applications, there is no shortage of loaders to choose from on the market. The decision to select one over another can be based on a number of factors, each of varying importance to the buyer.
Barko knuckleboom loaders are designed to help make this decision an easy one. From high-capacity performance to dependable components and superior product support, Barko strives to produce loaders that meet every need. Take a look the factors that matter to you and see how we stack up.
With a Barko loader, there’s no reason to ever settle for something that doesn’t quite fit the job. Our mounting configurations cover every possible scenario.
- Trailer/truck mounts offer fuel efficiency and transport flexibility.
- Self-propelled carriers allow for quick repositioning and setup to increase productivity.
- A crawler undercarriage provides high tractive effort and maneuverability to go almost anywhere.
- When the loader will always be working in one spot, stationary mounts can be run either by an operator in the cab or with an electric remote station.
Barko loaders offer the best of both worlds for machine hydraulics – a pilot-operated control system in conjunction with IQAN electronic controls – to provide a more natural feel for the operator.
The system can be configured as necessary, with travel and swing levers, joysticks and pedals all adaptable to the customer’s needs. The pilot-operated system is also a tried-and-true solution for performing quick, simple maintenance without needing a specialist to come in and work on it.
The IQAN controls and pilot system also tie with Barko’s hydraulic load sensing technology, which maximizes performance and allows the engine to use auto-throttle mode. By delivering power only when needed, Barko loaders require less fuel, while also providing efficient and precise boom and grapple functions that reduce operator fatigue.
High-quality components – often only available as upgrades on competitor’s equipment – are standard on Barko loaders, which are ruggedly built the right way from the start.
In some cases, such as with the hydraulic pump, Barko accomplishes its commitment to quality simply by utilizing the industry’s leading component brands. In other cases, the goal is to enhance the durability of a loader with larger, more robust parts.
A perfect example is Barko’s large pins and bushings, provide added strength to the joints for optimal articulation. Bolt-on cylinder gland caps also contribute toward the stronger joint. Additionally, Barko’s turntable bearing is larger – 47 or 54 inches depending on the model, compared to the 46-inch bearings run by certain competitors.
The end result is greater longevity and more swing power in challenging applications. In some areas of the country where users commonly run delimbers, Barko loaders have proven extremely effective at using their excellent hydraulic power and beefy components to efficiently pull trees through the delimber, increasing productivity by an impressive margin.
Barko loaders features dual motors and planetary gearboxes that produce greater swing torque and improved machine balance.
The increased swing torque generally makes Barko loaders more responsive and controllable. Not only will the grapple accelerate faster, but it will also stop faster and right where you want it to stop, making it much easier to move a load around and place it where needed.
The performance difference is obvious in the field, particularly in hilly terrain. Some competitive loaders don’t have ample strength, and therefore always have to be positioned along a hill in a way where gravity can assist. The swing power of a Barko loader allows users to situate the deck in whatever fashion they need to be the most productive.
Barko loaders have always traditionally performed well while also offering class-leading fuel economy, and that’s been further enhanced with the IQAN system. On stationary units, Barko tends to use bigger electric motors than its competitors, allowing them to last longer, run cooler and consume less electrical energy.
While the theoretical lifting power of different loaders often looks very similar on spec sheets and product literature, Barko has outperformed a number of machines in head-to-head situations. In one specific instance, a customer ran a new Barko loader and a competitor loader on the same deck, doing the same work, for six months, only to trade in the other unit for a second Barko machine.
The performance gap is even greater when comparing Barko’s purpose-built loaders to excavator conversions. Where the converted machine is set up to dig, true loaders are designed and engineered to lift. In addition to lacking lifting capacity, excavator conversions are typically built with a low center of gravity and offer less ground clearance that a dedicated loader. The wheel loader is another machine that is sometimes forced into duty, which usually requires a greater landing area to give the wheel loader space to run forward and back. With a dedicated loader, the size of the landing can be greatly reduced.
Barko loaders offer outstanding visibility from the operator cab, allowing for safer, more efficient operation in any environment.
In addition to superior front visibility and good sight lines to either side, Barko loaders are also equipped with a sunroof to enhance the aerial view around the machine.
On top of visibility, Barko operators benefit from a fully sealed and pressurized cab that keeps out dust, dirt and rain while maintaining a controlled climate inside. Cabs are also equipped with ergonomic joystick controls and a full color MD3 display that provides engine parameters, hydraulic system pressures and other machine information.
With simple service in mind, Barko loaders are designed so that essentially all daily checks – dipstick, air filter, restriction gauge, oil filters, fuel filters – are accessible from the platform of the machine.
An air conditioning condenser swings out of the way to allow quick access to wash out the radiator. Remote grease lines reduce the time required to service previously hard-to-reach grease points. Swing-out doors and larger side panels provide access to engine components and allow for easy cleaning. Additionally, the test port for 9-pin diagnostics and engine communication is now conveniently located right in the cab.
Barko has consistently maintained a reputation for high quality workmanship, but it isn’t just talk! We fully support and stand behind our machines with a 1-2-3 warranty that no other company in the industry is willing to match:
1-year coverage of the entire machine
2-year coverage for powertrain and major hydraulic components
3-year machine structure
All of these coverage periods are based on unlimited hours of machine use, versus some competitors who will cap off the warranty when a loader reaches a certain number of hours on the job.
Another notable advantage of the Barko warranty is that all associated costs are fully covered. Some loader manufacturers will cover the cost of a warranty item only, but then charge the customer full price for travel time for the truck that comes out to provide the service. Barko pays travel time, ensuring that legitimate warranty items are not costing our customers a dime.