When the Toro Dingo line of compact utility loaders was first introduced, it was about the smallest machine anyone could have imagined. But that didn’t stop contractors from enthusiastically embracing the machine and the concept. (These machines are also called mini skid steers and utility track loaders.)

The latest version of the machine, the 1,300-pound-rated-operating-capacity Dingo TX 1300 was unveiled at the American Rental Association show in October and brings more power, reach and control to the popular platform. “This is designed for contractors who need increased power and reach,” says Jay Thaker, marketing manager, Toro.

The TX 1300 features what the company calls its Intelliscope loader arm with SmartLoad technology, giving the operator an additional 26 inches of reach. With a hinge-pin height of 109 inches, the telescoping loader arm allows material to be lifted over the side of a Dumpster or truck, giving you the same kind of versatility you would get from a skid steer or compact track loader.

Toro integrated the hydraulics and loader arm functions into one thumb-operated controller for easier, more natural operation. One hand can be used to operate the loader arm and auxiliary attachments, while the other hand operates the Toro traction controls.

“We understand that everyone needs a bit more punch, so we equipped this with a 37-horsepower Yanmar diesel with 3,000 rpms,” Thaker says. The pressure-relieving quick-coupler system makes connecting attachments simple and quick, and a larger operator platform increases operator comfort.

With a wheelbase of 39 inches and overall length with bucket of 103 inches, the TX 1300 maintains the small footprint the Dingo line is known for. But it also offers bigger capabilities than previous models, with a tip capacity of 3,714 pounds and a weight of 3,858 pounds.

The Dingo TX 1300 will be available starting this winter.

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