Unlike its bulldozer line that has been China’s runaway market leader for decades, the wheel loader represents a relatively new product line for Shantui.
That said, however, Shantui is rapidly making headway into wheel loader markets both in China and abroad. It’s the power of the brand name combined with a superior manufacturing and quality control process that has allowed Shantui to make rapid advances in market share in the wheel loader segment.
The machines also have much to say about that. They are heavier, stand higher and have greater lift capacities than similar offerings of most Chinese competitors. The gearbox is typically more powerful and stable, as Shantui tends to use larger versions of gearboxes in smaller models of machines. In the SL20W, SL30W and SL60W models, Shantui offers its own version of configurations in which the torque converter and gearbox are separate, giving the wheel loader the extra benefit of having more gear speeds (four in forward, two in reverse).
In addition, Shantui provides the structural parts itself, along with the torque converter and gearbox, giving it a pricing edge over mere assemblers. The smaller models offer three different engine types, depending on user preferences (Cummins, Xichai and Weichai), while the larger models add the choice of Shangchai engines. Due to these factors and more, Shantui is able to offer a machine that packs more performance for the money.
In a market where wheel loaders tend to look the same and perform the same, one thing clearly stands out in Shantui’s favor: Superior service. And superior manufacturing and quality control learned from the many years as China’s leader in bulldozers and through its joint venture with Komatsu in making excavators in China.