This month I have been asked to test drive the Avant 523 Articulated Loader and check first-hand what this machine is capable of on what was expected to be a two days job.
First of all I’d like to say a massive thanks to Vernon, the Sales Representative from Avant. He knew the massive difference in productivity this machine was making to our job and chose to stay on, after the test drive was finished, letting us continue to test the machine and put it through its paces, helping us to finish a job I had put two days on in just one day!
The few dealings I have had with Avant have been awesome. These guys really do bend over backwards for you and I’ve heard nothing but the same from a couple of mates who own them.
This year marks the 25th year Avant has been selling loaders in Australia. They really have great confidence in their products. After using them, it is easy to see why they are the benchmark for mini loaders in our industry. I asked Vernon how many they have been selling and he said their average is over five machines a month only to arborists.
The model we had on the day was the 523 Pro with the new OptidriveTM, which means 40 per cent less hoses and more torque.
The Avant 523 is powered by a 23hp diesel Kubota engine which is a reliable and proven engine. Looking at the machine, it has the offset boom for improved visibility and it’s 2WD or 4WD at the flick of a switch.
The 523 is a very compact loader but very well built. It weighs in at only 1300kg, meaning it’s very easily towable behind a ute which make it easy for any employee with a licence to transport it to site – that makes this machine very versatile.
I was surprised to find out that such a small machine with an offset boom was capable of lifting 800kg. We were lifting large sections of conifer and feeding them into an 18-inch machine on an acreage
property. The Avant was so good, tracking quickly across the acreage, leaving no damage to the grassed areas and preventing us from having to move the truck and chipper too often.
The Avant 523 has a width of 1130mm, a height of 1990mm and a length of 2440mm. With its compact size, this model would be also valuable in smaller residential properties.
Avant has a massive range of attachments for their loaders as well. There is a good reason you see so many Avant in the arb industry. These loaders are great quality and the guys at Avant are good guys to deal with.