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Avant Machines and South African Mines

MinesSouthAfricaAVANT loaders were introduced to the mining sector in 2007 and was an instant success with underground operations at Gold Fields , Sibanye Gold , Petra diamonds and Anglo platinum mines.

AVANT loaders are supported by service centres in Boksburg, Glenharvie,Krugerdorp and Kathu. With ability to rebuild loaders to factory OEM specification on the doorstep of our mining customers


Machines are utilized for different tasks because of its versatility but mainly for crosscut cleaning and loading hoppers with gold rich sediment.

MinesSouthAfrica2The production figures of the shafts has been raised significantly with the implementation of AVANT loaders. The compact and powerful machines proved to be very durable and with excellent factory support we now have grown sales in this sector with more than 100 machines sold in the industry.



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Auger-Torque drills with high Torque

When fitted with an auger or post hole digging attachment, the Avant machine becomes the ultimate digging machine.

Fitted to the front of the machine, drilling width options range from 100mm to 900mm and depth from 1.2metres to any depth you require by simply adding on extensions to it.
Also used as a post hole driver, these attachments have their own independent planetary gearbox drive system providing high levels of torque enabling us to sell this machine and attachment in South Africa as a high powered drilling machine with a capacity of up to 300 holes per day with ease.

Augers can also be adjusted to drill at any angle (360 degrees) including straight up thanks to adaptors that can be fitted to the auger drive.
The relative lightness of the machine combined with its articulation allows to go almost where with minimal surface damage and is another big advantage of this combination.

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Compact Auger torque Trencher

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When the Avant machine is fitted with a auger torque trencher attachment, it becomes a very popular machine with companies here in South Africa having to lay fibre optic cables and irrigation hoses.
It is able to dig narrow trenches in hard reach places because its size and articulation. Trenches can be as small as 150 – 300 mm in width and up to 1.2metres deep.
There are dedicated high oil flow ports (hydraulic outlet) on the Avant machine to run this high flow trencher attachment.
This simple fact makes this machine a very powerful yet compact versatile trenching machine compared to the traditional trenching machines whose services are limited to trenching only.
Because of the large selection of attachments available, the Avant machine can be more than a trencher. Click here to see more attachment options.


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Rough Terrain Forklift here in South Africa


Avant makes a multipurpose machine which can also be utilised as a rough terrain forklift.
Because of its compactness, the machine can go anywhere including tights spots and small confined spaces.
The lifting capacity of the Avant is such that it can almost handle its own weight in lifting capacity.
Capable in rough terrain because of its all-wheel drive hydrostatic driven transmission, it is has a drive release system and anti-slip option which enables maximum traction which in turn acts as a diff lock system on a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
This creates maximum traction on all wheels to which no rival on the South African market can compete with.

The all-round visibility on the machine makes it a much better option a then a Skid steer without the weight of a Skid steer in a related sized product.
Less weight equals less impaction on the ground such as orchards and vineyards and sensitive surfaces.
The size of the Avant machine makes it versatile that it can be used during harvest as a forklift and out of season for other tasks on the farm such as drilling holes, digging and trenching, mowing lawn and mulching to name a few.


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Mini Excavator and Digger here in South Africa


Another option offered by the Avant (South Africa) range is to turn your machine into an excavator or digger by adding the quick-attach backhoe to the front of the machine (not the back) which makes operating the machine much easier.
The backhoe is designed so that the operator does not have to get out the machine to operate it.
Another big plus is the excellent visibility the operator has from within the machine whilst they are digging.
There are various options of digging arms and backhoes to suit each machine and as mentioned in the Mini Loader article, the Avant machine is far better suited than tracked machines because of its size, weight, transportability and maneuverability. Tracked driven machines damage the surface it works on where as the Avant is tough as nail, but the surface damage is minimal.


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Mini Loader aka Compact Loader


Avant South Africa import these machines which is also referred to as mini or compact loaders because of its size. The largest machine produced by Avant is 1.7 tonnes (700 Series) and this machine can be transported on the back of a normal LDV truck or on a trailer to where you need it to work for you.
This compact loader is a world’s first designed by Avant pioneering the industry with this compact articulated loader and is available in South Africa since 2007. The articulation is what allows the machine to go into tight spots and jobs but also being able to use it on sensitive surfaces such as lawns, golf courses or paved surfaces where Skidsteers are problematic because of their drive system (tracked) that will damage these surfaces.
Avant machines score high in the weight advantage compared to the heavier Skidsteers in the same class and size.
The attachment range for the Avant Mini and Compact Loaders reaches 170 options making it an incredibly versatile machine for a variety of industries ranging from landscaping, farming, mining and rental companies.


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Avant e5 is a full electric battery powered articulated loader. It enables the use of a loader in a space that does not allow any emissions or where operations have noise restrictions etc.

Avant E Series

Avant e5 can use standard Avant attachments and it has auxiliary hydraulic outlet on front with 30 l/min flow.

  • Battery powered
  • Charging unit included in machine
  • Standard Avant attachments fit
  • No emissions
  • Minimal noise level
  • Low operating cost


Avant Optidrive


The drive system in Avant loaders consists of a variable displacement hydraulic pump, four hydraulic drive motors and some valves which are connected together with hydraulic hoses and fittings.

This system where the drive power is conveyed from engine (electric motor on Avant e series) to the wheels using hydraulic oil is often referred to as drive circuit. Instead of mechanical axles Avant uses a design where there are four separate hydraulic drive motors, one on each wheel of the loader.

Avant was the first manufacturer to design and utilize such a system in a compact loader. This system has proven to be very effective, offering lots of pushing power and yet enabling a very compact design to the loader while maintaining an extremely low center of gravity, which is an important part of the great stability of Avant loaders.

Through research & development Avant has now improved this system with an innovative way of rethinking. When hydraulic oil flows at high flow rate in the drive circuit – in hydraulic hoses, fittings, motors and valves – the resistance in these components heats up the hydraulic oil. The more there are hoses and fittings, the quicker the oil heats up, which means that all that unnecessary heat generated in the system uses a part of the engine output in vain. This also results in higher fuel consumption, and less engine power is available for the actual job.

In the new system the amount of hydraulic hoses and fittings has been radically reduced and optimized, where the name Optidrive™ derives from as well.


The principal benefits of the new Optidrive™ are:

  • 10% better performance
  • 60% less hydraulic connections
  • 20% less hoses
  • Parking brake in rear wheels
  • Less heat build up
  • Less engine vibrations in Avant 700 series
  • Better hydraulic connector system
  • Better servicing

Better performance

The Optidrive™ reduces the power loss in the system by up to 1,5 kW, which is roughly 10 % of the total power used in drive circuit. This means lower fuel consumption, less heat in the hydraulic system and more power for the actual job.

Less heat build up

All of the four hydraulic drive motors in the drive circuit use flushing oil to cool the motors down when the loader is working. Especially when travelling longer distances at high travel speed the cooling is essential. On Optidrive™ the amount of flushing oil in the drive motors is 5 times bigger compared to old system, providing a far better cooling of the drive circuit.


Smaller amount of hoses and fittings

Depending on the Avant model the Optidrive™ eliminates at least three hoses from the system without losing any of the features on the loader.

This is achieved through intelligent new design with the valves (drive release valve, parking brake valve, dual speed valve) mounted together on one hydraulic block.

The amount of fittings is radically reduced. The Optidrive™ features approx. 30 fittings less (-60 %) compared to old drive circuit. There are also far less 90 degree angle fittings and T-junction fittings that are less optimal for hydraulic flow.

Parking brake in rear wheels

In order to get the best possible grip on all load and terrain situations the parking brake on the Optidrive™ is situated in the rear wheels of the loader. Rear weights, load on the boom, uphill, downhill etc. have therefore a smaller effect on the loader’s rear wheels and thus the loader stays more securely on place when parking brake is engaged.

Engine vibrations

The Optidrive™ also has an effect on the weight and balance of the engine and pump assembly on the loader. The altered weight distribution also lead to developing new engine mounts (vibration dampers) that are optimized to the new load and balance of the assembly. This optimization resulted in reducing the total vibrations of the 700 series loaders. This is especially notable in the noise level inside the cab LX and DLX. The new larger engine mounts reduce vibrations by 50 % on Avant 745 and 750, and by 37 % on Avant 755i and 760i.

Better reliability

The Optidrive™ has the new Parker EO3 fitting system in all of the high pressure hoses and fittings. This new system has a dial on the fitting, which shows clearly the required torque to which the fitting shall be tightened.

Also less fittings and less hoses equal to less possibility of a hydraulic leak.

Better servicing

Less hydraulic connections, the new fitting system and more space to work with in the engine bay and front hydraulic motors area all provide a better servicing experience.


The Optidrive™ has a centralized valve system, which collects all drive circuit valving into one valve block located in the front frame of the machine. Drive release valve, parking brake valve and dual speed valve on 750 and 760i are now all located in the same valve block.

Bin on the Ground


Bin on the ground met Avant & Krokodil trailer is the future with massive savings during harvest period.
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