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Construction equipment is a perfect Technic theme, and loaders make up the largest number of this category.  The loaders vary widely in style, size, and complexity from only palm sized to among the biggest Technic sets of all.  Most feature buckets which raise and dump, but a couple have grapple claws instead.  Some have rear wheel steering, while a couple have an articulated chassis.  The development of LEGO pneumatics really added a lot of realism to this type of vehicle; several include pneumatic functions.  Later models used mechanical linear actuators instead.

I think my favorite is the venerable 8459 which was so popular that it was re-released twice.  On a budget, either 8271 or 8453 are excellent.   The newer loader, 8265, is huge and includes 3 linear actuators, but the Volvo 42030 is the biggest and most motorized model.


Sets

8235 Front End Loader
8235

8265 Front Loader
8265
8271 Wheel Loader
8271
8283 Telehandler
8283
8418 Mini Loader
8418
8443 Pneumatic Log Loader
8443
8446 Crane Truck
8446
8453 Front End Loader
8453
 8459 Pneumatic Front End Loader
8459
8828 Front End Loader
8828
 8848 Power Truck
8848
 8853 Excavator
8853
42023 Construction Crew
42023
42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader
42030
42032 Compact Tracked Loader
42032
42049 Mine Loader
42049
 

Feature Comparison

Set
Steering Engine Loader
Other
8235
Rear rack and pinion
None
Front bucket pivots about rear, raises via worm gear, dumps via link
None
8265
Articulating chassis
V-6 driven by differentials, 4 wheel drive Front bucket raises via linear actuators, dumps via linear actuator
None
8271
Rear rack and pinion None
Front bucket raises via worm gear, dumps via worm gear
None
8283
Front linkage driven
None
Front bucket raises via worm gear, telescopes via worm gear, dumps via worm gear
None
8418
None
None
Front bucket pivots about rear, raises via worm gear, dumps manually
None
8443
Articulating chassis, mid axle rack and pinion
None
Front pneumatic grapple, pneumatic luffing boom and jib
None
8446
Front  2 axles rack and pinion, multi rate
None
Rear grapple spring loaded via crank, boom rotates and extends via cranks
Lifting cabin via damper
8453
Articulating chassis
None
Front bucket raises via worm gear, dumps via link
None
8459
Articulating chassis V-6 driven by differentials, 4 wheel drive
Front bucket raises via pneumatics, pneumatic dump
Air storage tank
8828
Rear rack and pinion
None
Front bucket raises via worm gear, dumps via flex system
None
8848
Front rack and pinion
None
Front bucket raises via lever, dumps manually
Dumping rear bed
8853
Rear rack and pinion
None
Front bucket raises via linkage, dumps via linkage
None
42023
Articulating chassis None
Front bucket raises via worm gear, dumps via link None
42030
Motorized articulated chassis via servo
Inline 6 driven by differentials, motorized 4 wheel drive
Front bucket raises via motorized linear actuators, dumps via motorized linear actuator 4 channel remote control system
42032
None
None
Front bucket raises via worm gear, dumps via link None
42049
Articulating chassis Inline 2 driven by 1 rear wheel
Front grapple raises via linkage, opens via worm gear
None

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