Contender Front Loader

A perfect balance between the lightweight West Coast GVWR and the traditional East Coast toughness of the Atlantic Series.

Engineered with high strength AR450 steel, Excalibre™ packing cylinders, and Command Zone™ controls, the Contender incorporates the very best of more than 20 years of experience in front loader design.

Ergonomic cab controls and multiplexed electronics give you simplified operation, increased reliability, and easier troubleshooting.

McNeilus Contender Front Loader



Body Floor3/16″ AR200 (optional 10 GA or 1/4″ AR200)
Body Sides, First Section1/8″ AR450
Body Sides, Second and Third Sections10 Gauge AR200
Body Roof10 Gauge AR200
Cab Shield14 Gauge GRD 50 High Strength Steel


Lower Hopper Sides3/16″ AR400
Upper Hopper Sides12 Gauge ASTM A607 GRD 50 High Strength Steel
Hopper Floor3/16″ AR400
Floor Cross-members3″ x 3″ x 11 GA A500 GR B


Lower Packing Face1/4″ AR200
Face Support3/8″ A36 Welded Steel Structure
Packing Panel Floor Tracks1/4″ A656 GRD 80 High Strength Steel
Top Wear Strips3/8″ AR400,  Bottom Wear strip: 3/8” Chromium Carbide Xwear
Side Wear Strips1/4″ x 3″ AR400
Sides10 Gauge GRD 50 High Strength Steel


Tailgate Rear and Side Walls1/8″ AR450
Tailgate Locking Teeth1-1/4″ ASTM A36 Mild Steel
Tailgate Seal Extends 31″ 
Eight-Point Automatic Locking Tailgate 
Body Longitudinals3/16”  A500 GRD B tube


Arm Construction3/16″ ASTM A656 GRD 80 High Strength Steel (internally reinforced) with 3/8″ A656 GR 80 High Strength Steel Flanges
Arm Cylinder MountsASTM A656, 3/8″ GRD 80 High Strength Steel
Arm Torque Tube5-1/4″ OD with 1/2″ Wall Thickness (DOM round tube)
3 Arm Torque Tube Pillow Blocks with Nylatron Bushing 


Fork Torque Tube ConstructionASTM 513 GRD B
Fork Torque Tube4″ OD with 3/8″ Wall Thickness (DOM round tube)
Fork Tine Construction:1-1/4″ A36 Mild Steel


Pump Make/ModelSingle Commercial Intertech P365
Pump Size2-1/2″
Pump Flow30 gpm @ 800 RPM, 50 GPM @ 1350
Control ValvesCommercial Intertech VA35, MRV Setting—2500 psi
Oil ReservoirUniversal, 50 Gallons
FilterSchroeder LRT 5 Micron
Suction Strainer100 mesh stainless steel with magnets


Ejector CylinderMailhot Excalibur 5.5″ x 3 stage 188 7/8″ stroke
Arm Cylinder4.5″ bore x 2.5″ cylinder size x 46″ stroke, Decel up valve
Fork Cylinder3″ bore x 1.75″ cylinder size x 20″ stroke
Tailgate Cylinder3-1/4″ bore x 2″ cylinder size x 32″ stroke


Weather Pak Connector — Deutsch Connectors 
Aeroquip Hoses and Fittings 
Hydra-Zorb and Stauff Clamps 


Command Zone R Controls


Packer and components steel shot blasted prior to priming with high solids epoxy primer 
Finish Coat Akzo Coating’s Sikkens high solids acrylic urethane 
Solid white standard


Cylinders5 year limited warranty from date of delivery
Hydraulic Pump and Valves2 years from date of delivery
Packer Unit6 months from date of delivery