REPORT: Twelve years ago Fendt presented the Cargo R, a rear-mounted loader that was intended to boost the versatility of the reverse-drive 800 and 900 series.

While novel-looking, rear-mounted tractor loaders solved an issue in the early days of the three point linkage and lighter, two wheel-drive front axles, today they’re seen as a bit of an oddity compared to their front mounted alternatives. That said, there are still companies selling such implements.

Back in 2010, Fendt designers believed they had a Eureka moment with the Cargo R, arear-mounted loader that could be partnered with its larger 200hp+ tractors that had the reverse-drive option. This latter point meant operators didn’t have to peer back over their shoulder and makes the maximum use of the increased load-carrying capacity of the rear axle.

Front loader handicap
One of the major downsides of a front loader is restricted forwards visibility, especially if the loader isn’t removed when not needed, along with the unnecessary power-sapping weight this represents. And then there’s the reduced access to the engine for servicing caused by the sub-frame.

Rear loaders, on the other hand, are used just like any other tool and, when not required, are quickly removed, especially when there’s a multi-coupler for the hydraulic services. But then it does make the rear lift unavailable to other implements while in place, and, in many cases, the pick-up hitch can’t be used either.

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